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Pesach with Chabad
A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel Greetings!

Passover is all about freedom. It empowers our nation and each of us as individuals to reach our potential as Jews and human beings.

Along with freedom from Egypt's Pharoh came our commitment to serve G-d and observe His commandments. This hardly seems like freedom. Haven't we merely replaced one servitude with another?

"FREEDOM doesn't mean the ability to do all that I please. Freedom means experiencing complete self-actualization; living life true to my core self." - The Rebbe

Is the addict who insists on expressing his freedom by using his drug of choice truly free? Or is he in fact enslaved by the substance and his emotional dependence upon it?

Is the individual who wants to express his freedom by ending his own life (G-d forbid) in fact free or is he enslaved to the depression that brought him to this breaking point?

In both cases, rather than encouraging "freedom" to do as he pleases, we as a society take all measures necessary to stop the self-destructive behavior. But how is that right? Aren't we robbing them of their inherent right to freedom?

It's because the true meaning of "freedom" is not that I'm free to do as I please. Rather,freedom means the ability to fully be "me"- to live life in accordance with my inner core self, as a person and a Jew. When I do that I'm truly free! I'm fully "me" - although it comes with considerable responsibility and "restriction".

Passover is the Festival of Freedom. It's also the "festival of being reborn as a Jew", taking on more commitments to Torah and Mitzvahs. The two aren't in conflict. They go hand in hand!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

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The Bentley of Matzah.

As always, all Chabad Members will receive a box of Handmade Shmurah Matzah as our gift to you for Pesach.

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Become a Minyanaire

Who wants to be a MINYANAIRE?
Monday & Thursday mornings | Services at 7:00-7:45 AM

Thank you to the current MINYANAIRES: Sanford Lewis, Avi Shilian, Michael Grieff, Burt Falkenstein, Rob Salzbank, Sam Glasser, Bryan Sherman, Larry Hollander, Yaniv Konfino, Howard Abrahams, Jerry Kramer, Jonathan Kramer, Sy Kaplan, Larry Smith, Ron Bieber, Jimmy Neuwirth, Len Schaier & Rabbi Paltiel.


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Calendar of Events



Kiddush Luncheon | Shabbat, April 5, 12:00 PM

It is with great joy that we invite you to join us at the Kiddush celebrating Ephraim Paltiel receiving Rabbinic Ordination ("SMICHA").

Services: 9:30 AM | Sermon: 11:00 AM


Ohel Trip

Trip to the Ohel | Sunday, April 6 | 10 AM

Join us for a visit to the Ohel - Gravesite of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in honor of the Rebbe's birthday and Passover.

Email if you'd like to join. Leaving Chabad 10am returning approx noon.


Pesach with Chabad

Passover at Chabad

First Seder: Monday, April 14, 7:30 PM
following services at 6:45 pm

Second Seder: Tuesday, April 15, 8:15 PM
following services at 6:45 pm

Click here for more info and to register.



Holocaust Remembrance Shabbaton
Friday Night, April 25 | 7:45 PM

Annual event dedicated to the memory of Reb Zelik Sander of blessed memory featuring: Rabbi Dr. David Nesenoff.

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Sisterhood Shabbat | April 26 - 9:30 AM

The Chabad Sisterhood has instituted a monthly "Sisterhood Shabbat", usually on or around Rosh Chodesh, in celebration of the Jewish Woman.

Upcoming Sisterhood Shabbats:
May 10 (in honor of Mother's Day)
June 14 (in honor of Father's Day)

Click here for more info about the Sisterhood.


Save the Date

Save the Date | Gala Dinner
Monday, June 2, 2014

Please save the date for Chabad of Port Washington's annual dinner celebrating our 23rd anniversary.

Formal invitation to follow.
Question of the Week
Question of the week
Passover at the In-Laws
By: Tzvi Freeman

Question: I am married to a wonderful woman. We decided to keep kosher in and out of the house.

This Passover we are invited to her parents' house. Their standards of kosher are much more lax than ours. During the year we can manage, but on Passover there are so many more issues. Keeping the peace (and keeping my marriage) is very important to me, but so is keeping kosher and keeping Passover. What do I do?


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Mar 28
6:57 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Mar 29
7:57 pm
Torah Portion: Tazria

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is sponsored by the Kiddush Committee.

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Community News

Mazel tov Amy Zahn-Stern and Gerry Stern on the Bat Mitzvah of Nikki taking place Fri night at Chabad. Mazel tov also to big sister Alexandra.


Dayna Hausspiegel 3/29
Nathan Hausspiegel 3/29

Holly Hubsher 4/1

Alan Klat 4/1

Jesse Brian Beatus 4/3

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

Purim Photos

Purim Photos

In case you missed it - purim photos

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to view

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday & Thursday
Services: 7:00 AM
followed by Coffee & Parsha

Friday Evening: 6:30 PM

Saturday Morning: 9:30 AM
Followed by Kiddush Luncheon at 12
Mincha: Following Lunch

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

Quick Links

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The Jewish Calendar
Friday Adar II 26 | March 28
Shabbat Adar II 27 | March 29
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Laws and CustomsBless New Month
Sunday Adar II 28 | March 30
Today in Jewish HistoryDecree Against Ritual Circumcision Rescinded (2nd century)
Today in Jewish HistoryPurim Cairo (1524)
Monday Adar II 29 | March 31
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Commanded 1st Mitzvah (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryNapoleon's "Sanhedrin" Dissolved (1807)
Tuesday Nissan 1 | April 1
Rosh Chodesh
Today in Jewish HistoryCreation of man (in thought) (3761 BCE)
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Today in Jewish HistoryJewish Calendar Inaugurated (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryMishkan Inaugurated (1312 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryDeath of Nadav and Avihu (1312 BCE)
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Daily Thought
Unsecret Wisdom

In the holy Zohar it is written that through the study of the secret wisdom, the final liberation will come with compassion. Not with judgment alone.

Now the wisdom is no longer secret. Sages and masters have found ways to make it accessible to all. Those who learn it and spread it, they are bringing divine compassion and redemption to the world.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Tazria
The Parshah of Tazria continues the discussion of the laws of tumah v'taharah, ritual impurity and purity.

A woman giving birth should undergo a process of purification, which includes immersing in a mikvah (a naturally gathered pool of water) and bringing offerings to the Holy Temple. All male infants are to be circumcised on the eighth day of life.

Tzaraat (often mistranslated as "leprosy") is a supra-natural plague, which also can afflict garments. If white or pink patches appear on a person's skin (dark red or green in garments), a kohen is summoned. Judging by various signs, such as an increase in size of the afflicted area after a seven-day quarantine, the kohen pronounces it tamei (impure) or tahor (pure).

A person afflicted with tzaraat must dwell alone outside of the camp (or city) until he is healed. The afflicted area in a garment is removed; if the tzaraat spreads or recurs, the entire garment must be burned.