The Lamplighter
Chabad of Washington Heights' Weekly Newsletter
13 Elul, 5782 | September 9, 2022 | Torah Portion: Ki Seitzei | Pirkei Avos: Chs. 1-2 | Issue #700!
Wishing you a Good Shabbos, Shabbat Shalom. Next week in Jerusalem!
Rabbi Yakov D. Kirschenbaum 

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Jewish Community Street Fair - This Sunday - Sep. 11!
For all the info, click here
Farbrengen for Chai Elul - Wednesday, 9/14 at 9:00 pm!
Chai Elul, the 18th of Elul, is the Birthday of "the 2 great luminaries," Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the "Alter Rebbe". 

Refreshments, Chassidic melodies, words of Torah, l'chaims!

Wednesday, September 14 at 9:00 pm
At Chabad of WH, 50 Overlook Terr. side entrance

The month of Elul is the time to have one's mezuzahs and tefillin checked by an accredited scribe, a sofer, to ensure that they are in good condition and fit for use.

Here, in Washington Heights, Rabbi Shmuel Bodenheim (917-620-0803) and R' Yitzchak Friedman (347-566-8312) are available to check your mezuzos and tefillin.

Weekly Torah Classes
Schedule for Week of September 11-17
Classes are held on Zoom - ID# 858-784-1721 Password: 9R3NEZ, on Facebook Live and on the phone at 646-558-6338 - code is 613770#

  • Monday at 9:00 pm at Chabad: Gate of Trust
  • Tuesday at 9:00 pm: Tanya
  • Wednesday at 9:00 pm: Farbrengen for Chai Elul!!
  • Shabbos at 9:30 am: Tanya & Tuna
  • Shabbos at 5:50 pm: Talmudic Tales
Weekly Shabbat Dinners - RSVP for tonight!
Friday, September 9
Light Candles at: 6:57 pm

Shabbat, September 10
Shabbat Ends: 7:54 pm

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

Shabbos P. Ki Seitzei
shul - kleiman

Minchah, Kaballat Shabbat: 7:05 pm


Tanya & Tuna: 9:30 am
Say Shema before: 9:39 am
Shacharit: 10:00 am

Services followed by a kiddush, sponsored by sponsored by Gavriel Haimovici and by Rivka Cohn, in memory of their parents
To sponsor a kiddush, click here

Talmudic Tales Class: 6:20 pm
Minchah: 7:05 pm
Shabbat Ends: 7:54 pm
Taking the High Ground
By Rabbi Aharon Loschak,based on Likkutei Torah 35c-36al; art by Sefira Lightstone
During the 15th century religious wars in Europe, a battle took place between the Hussites and the Catholics in what is now Horice, Czech Republic. Though far outnumbered and outgunned, under the leadership of their blind general Jan Žižka, the Hussite army took the high ground and built a wagon fort on top.

The sophisticated Catholic cavalry and cannons proved futile, unable to climb such steep hills or fire in an upwards direction. It didn’t take long before the Hussite army was able to muster up a counterattack and swoop down the mountain to claim a decisive victory.
Help From a Haunted House
Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from "The Third Judge" by Rabbi Elchonon Lesches. Taken from Ascentofsafed.com.
It happened one of those times that an agunah came to consult with the third Rebbe of Chabad, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, known as the Tzemach Tzedek. Her husband had disappeared, leaving her and their young son alone. Having heard amazing stories of miracles wrought by the Tzemach Tzedek for others sharing her plight, the woman now set her hopes on meeting with the Rebbe. Her brother accompanied her and her little boy on the journey to Lubavitch, and shortly after they arrived, they were admitted into the Rebbe's yechidus (private audience) chamber.

Overcome with emotion, the woman burst into tears, hardly able to form words together. Her brother came to her rescue and described his sister's unfortunate situation, asking the Rebbe for his blessing.
Taking the Enemy's Capture
By Rabbi J. Immanuel Shochet, from "Living With Moshiach," published by  Kehot.
“When you go out to wage war against your enemies, and G‑d, your G‑d, will deliver them into your hands and you will take captives...”
-Ki Teitzei 21:10

The wording of this verse indicates a clear-cut promise that “when you go out to wage war” this will result in your victory: “G‑d, your G‑d, will deliver them into your hands.” Moreover, the Torah adds: “and you will take shivyo-captives.” It does not say shevi but shivyo, which literally means “his captives” (or “his capture”). The implication is that we shall regain the enemy’s capture, that is, that which the enemy had captured from us in the past.

One of the tasks of Moshiach in the early stages of his revelation and open activities is (in the wording of Maimonides): “he will wage the battles of G‑d and succeed.” The parshah thus alludes also to the battle and victory of Moshiach, and this applies also to the conclusion of “you will take his capture.”
By Levana Kirschenbaum | 7/7/10
 From Levanacooks.com
The cute name Panzanella comes from the Italian word “pan”, which means bread. Panzanella is loaded with bright flavors and fragrant herbs like mint and basil.

The ideal leftover dish, as it is made from 2-to-3-day-old bread.

Gluten-free bread will work perfectly here. The bread cubes soak up all the flavors, so it will get better as it sits a few hours. The dressing is identical to the dressing in Caesar’s salad, minus the anchovies, and even that could be included if you would like. I just love umami everything, so when I have an anchovy option, I’m always in!
For a guide on how to halachically 
wash/check vegetables, click here
Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch it to be sure.
"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