A Word from the Rabbi

Rabbi Paltiel

What a week it's been, with its mix of emotions and happenings.

First, the marriage of our oldest child, Ephraim. One of the happiest days of my life for sure. He marries Chaya, daughter of a prominent Chabad rabbi in Manchester, in a joyous and absolutely splendid ceremony and celebration, which lasts a number of days!

Two days after the wedding, my mother's younger sister, my dear Aunt Simie, at the age of 61, succumbs to an illness she's been battling for more than 3 years. My parents rush back to NY for the funeral and Shiva.

The next day we learn of the horrific fire which snuffed out seven young lives, in one family.

The Talmud says: "Moses established for the people of Israel Seven Days of Festivities (following a wedding) and Seven Days of Mourning (shiva).

Why list these two polar opposites in the same sentence? What's the message?

In a word: FAITH.

Moses, our eternal teacher, is the one who first introduced our people to our faith.

Without faith, life has little value. Neither celebrations nor losses really mean all that much. If it's all random, it's also meaningless. Faith infuses life with value. It speaks to the infinite value of every life, an extension of the Divine, created in His image with a unique and indispensable purpose and mission to accomplish.

It is therefore Moses, the master of faith, who teaches us how special and precious life is. It is Moses' teachings which gift us with a true appreciation for the joys of marriage, the deep pain of loss... and the spiritual strength to endure those difficult times of loss.

I asked my grandmother Bobby (may she be well) how she has the strength to go on. Wiping away a tear she said with a smile: "Shalom, when you trust in the Ribono Shel Olam (Master of the World) you somehow get through it. You don't understand, but you know He knows what he's doing!"

May we share simchos only and always!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

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The Rebbe's Birthday
The Rebbe's Birthday

Tuesday, the 11th of Nissan, is the Rebbe's 113th birthday. In Judaism we don't stop counting after a person's passing, because the soul lives on. Friday is a very special day, the day Al-Mighty G-d gifted the world with the luminous soul of this gigantic human being, back in 1902.

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In Memoriam

Mrs. Simi Weinhause of Detroit and sister of Mrs. Rechy Paltiel of Crown Heights, passed away on Shabbos at the age of 61.

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Latest Photos

Our Bar and Bat Mitzvah students were treated to a tour of the "SHUL" - learning what everything is and how it works and it's observed.

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Calendar of Events


Ohel trip in honor of the Rebbe's Birthday
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Passover at Chabad | April 3 - 11, 2015
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The Rebbe: Book Signing Event
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Lesson 6
| Sunday, 10 AM
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Question of the Week
Question of the week
How do I speed up the start of the Seder?
By: Eliezer Danzinger

Question: I have a question regarding the Passover seder. It is written that the Seder should commence as soon as everyone comes home from the evening service in the synagogue, so that the small children should not fall asleep. In my house, however, my husband and sons spend so much time putting together their seder plates, that the children are already fast asleep before the seder begins. Which is preferable? Rush up setting up the seder plate so that the kids can be up for the seder, or deliberately arranging the seder plate, and in the process allowing the children to fall asleep?


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
 [Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Mar 27
6:56 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Mar 28
7:56 pm
Torah Portion: Tzav

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Orly and Bryan Sherman in honor of the fifth yahrzeit of Orly's mom Rina bat Yitzchak.

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Attention Chabad Members

Each MEMBER family will be receiving a box of HANDMADE SHMURAH MATZAH delivered to your door in honor of Pesach, for use during the Seders.

Thank you Marina Shapiro for delivering many of these boxes.

Community News

Congratulations to Richard and Randi Freeman on becoming grandparents with the birth of twins, a boy and a girl!


Holly Hubsher 4/1

Alan Klat 4/1

Bertel Mayer, (Beila bas Yisrael)
3/29/2015 | Nissan 9, 5775
observed by

Alan & Karen Salzbank

Raymond Rosenblatt,
4/1/2015 | Nissan 12, 5775
observed by
Estelle & Seymour Kaplan

Victor Bernstein,
(Avigdor Yehoshuah ben Osios)
4/2/2015 | Nissan 13, 5775
observed by Annette Chana Buchman

*CLICK HERE to convert any regular calendar date, birthday or Yahrtzeit to its corresponding Jewish-calendar date!


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Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM
followed by Coffee & Parsha

Friday Evening: Candle lighting time

Saturday Morning: 9:30 AM
Followed by Kiddush Luncheon at 12
Mincha: Following Lunch
Saturday night: 10 minutes after the end of Shabbos

Schedule of Classes

Sunday | 9:45 - 10:00 AM

Coffee & Parsha Class

Monday - Friday | 7:45 - 8:15 AM

Tanya Class
with Rabbi Paltiel
Saturdays | 8:45-9:30 AM

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  Shabbat Nissan 8 | March 28
Shabbat HaGadol
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  Sunday Nissan 9 | March 29
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  Monday Nissan 10 | March 30
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  Tuesday Nissan 11 | March 31
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Daily Thought
The Source of All Pleasure

Rabbi Shalom Dovber of Lubavitch used to say that if the hedonists would know the ecstasy of the divine light, they would abandon everything to chase after it.

It is not just pleasure. It is the source of all pleasures.

It lies waiting for you to uncover in every mitzvah; in every breath of Torah.

Heard from chassidim. See Kuntres Umaayon Maamor 1 chapter 3.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Tzav

G-d instructs Moses to command Aaron and his sons regarding their duties and rights as kohanim ("priests") who offer the korbanot (animal and meal offerings) in the Sanctuary.

The fire on the altar must be kept burning at all times. In it are burned the wholly consumed ascending offering; veins of fat from the peace, sin and guilt offerings; and the " handful" separated from the meal offering.

The kohanim eat the meat of the sin and guilt offerings, and the remainder of the meal offering. The peace offering is eaten by the one who brought it, except for specified portions given to the kohen. The holy meat of the offerings must be eaten by ritually pure persons, in their designated holy place and within their specified time.

Aaron and his sons remain within the Sanctuary compound for seven days, during which Moses initiates them into the priesthood.