The Lamplighter
Chabad of Washington Heights' Weekly Newsletter
4 Kislev, 5781 | November 20, 2020 | Torah Portion: Toldos | Issue #620
Wishing you a Good Shabbos - Shabbat Shalom and a Good Month of Kislev - Month of Redemption!!
Next week in Jerusalem!
Rabbi Yakov D. Kirschenbaum 
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Blue Plaque: $180
Silver Plaque: $500
Gold plaque: $770

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For more details, contact Rabbi Kirschenbaum at chabadofwh@gmail.com or 212-203-3650.
Weekly Torah Classes
Schedule for Week of November 22-28
Classes are held on Zoom - ID# 858-784-1721 Passoword: 9R3NEZ, on Facebook Live and on the phone at 646-558-6338 - code is 613770#.

  • Sunday, Tuesday, & Wednesday at 9:00 pm: The Daily Tanya
  • Monday at 9:00 pm: Chassidic Philosophy
  • Thursday at 9:00 pm: Parshah Insights
  • Shabbos at 3:30 pm: Talmudic Tales
Friday, November 20
Light Candles: 4:15 pm

Shabbat, November 21
Shabbat Ends: 5:17 pm

Find out more about Shabbat & Holiday candle-lighting
Services are held at the Chabad House - 50 Overlook Terrace, side entrance

Shabbos P. Toldos
shul - kleiman
Minchah, Kaballat Shabbat: 4:20 pm

Say Shema before: 9:13 am 
Shacharit: 10:15 am

Services followed by a kiddush, not-yet sponsored
To sponsor this week's kiddush or any kiddush, click here

Talmudic Tales-Ein Yakov Class: 3:30 pm
Minchah: 4:15 pm
Shabbat Ends/Maariv: 5:17 pm

Followed by Havdalah and a large-screen viewing of the Living Torah video program
The Deception
By Rabbi Menachem Feldman, emissary of the Rebbe to Greenwich, CT; Art by Rivka Korf Studio
In what is one of the most dramatic stories in the Torah, we read about Jacob’s epic deception. He tricked his father Isaac, presenting himself as his older brother Esau, and thus stealing the blessing from Esau.

This story raises many questions:

Why did Isaac, the quintessential spiritual person, someone who was prepared to offer himself as a sacrifice to G‑d, want to bless his older son, the one who abandoned the tents of study and who spent his time out in the field leading a hunter’s lifestyle? CONTINUE
Necessary Repairs
 Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from Peninim on the Torah. Taken from ascentofsafed.com
A number of years ago in Israel, two yeshiva students decided to take a trip to the north in order to visit a number of the gravesites of the righteous that are situated in the Tsfat area. It was a nice day, and they were able to get hold of a decent car, so they decided to drive.

Things were going smoothly until they noticed that their thermostat was running a bit higher than it should. Fearing that the car would overheat, they pulled over on the side of the road to see what was wrong. CONTINUE
Esau's Transformation
by Rabbi Yehudah Altein
Chassidic thought gives deeper insight into Esau’s personality and Isaac’s seemingly misled favoritism. Isaac was aware of Esau’s true character, but he also knew that he possessed deep spiritual powers waiting to be unleashed in a positive way. This is also why he planned to bless Esau, hoping this would draw out his hidden potential.

Although the time was not yet ripe, in later generations Esau’s lofty spiritual source would come to fruition. A number of famous converts traced their lineage to him, among them the prophet Obadiah, Onkelos, and Rabbi Meir. (In fact, Esau himself had the status of a Jew, albeit one who rebelled against G‑d.)25 Moreover, Kabbalistic texts teach that in the Era of Moshiach, Esau and his descendants will be transformed and embrace goodness and holiness.

As the prophet Obadiah says, "Saviors will ascend the mountain of Zion to judge the mountain of Esau, and sovereignty will be to G‑d."
By Levana Kirschenbaum | May 13, 2010
Pots de creme are a wonderful and super healthy comfort food

It takes minutes to whip up, and costs pennies. The dessert of my lean years, when I learned all about Quick and Healthy Cooking. CONTINUE for recipe
From Bernie Rappaport

"Dad. Are we pyromaniacs?"

"Yes, we arson."
"Everyone must regard himself and the world as evenly poised between good and guilt...If he performed a good deed, he has shifted the balance of his fate, and that of the entire world to good, and has brought deliverance and salvation upon himself and upon them all."
-Maimonides, Laws of Teshuvah Ch. 3, Law 4
"The time of our redemption has arrived."
The Lubavitcher Rebbe, 1990-1 See Yalkut Shimoni Yeshayahu, remez 499