Chabad of Port Washington
Chabad of Port Washington
� Email: � Voice: 516-767-8672
Purim in the Stadium!

Purim Ball for Adults
A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel Greetings!

Today's TORAH portion begins with the mitzvah of observing Shabbat.

Shabbat observance is described in TORAH in two fashions:

"No work shall be done on Shabbat"

"You shall surely rest on Shabbat"

Why the repetition? If one refrains from work, aren't they automatically resting? Apparently not.

Refraining from work is not yet called rest, it's just the beginning. We are then commanded to do the positive act of "rest" - by bringing the spirit of peace, serenity, spirituality, purpose and family into our lives on Shabbat.

G-d refers to Shabbat His special gift to us, His special people. Shabbat is a gift we cannot appreciate until we try it. So why not give it a try, at least once. Choose a Shabbat (maybe this one). And follow Shabbat's "two-step program." First set aside all weekday matters, including all shopping, emails, phone calls, bills, errands, online browsing, for 24 hours. Then choose activities that inspire "rest" by this definition - e.g. Shabbat family dinner, synagogue prayer, study, sleep, delicious snacks, time for family and reflection, perhaps a nice walk around Manhasset Bay once the weather warms up a bit...

Try this at home. You'll feel right at home!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P.S. See below, our TANYA is completed. We expect to go to the binder next week. Click here to have your family inscribed in the Tanya for a dedication of $18 per name.

Tanya Completion

We are close to completion with the printing of our Tanya (the classic, definitive, fundamental text of Chassidic Philosophy) in Port Washington. This was done in accordance with the Rebbe's directive that Tanyas be printed in every city in the world where there is a Jewish community, thereby uniting this Jewish community with all Jewish communities around the world. To date, more than 4000 editions have been published. Port Washington and Manhasset will now join that list. Click here for more information on the Rebbe's "Print the Tanya" Campaign.


Click here to participate.

CTeen Xtreme
CTeen Xtreme

CTeen Xtreme - A 2-week Traveling Adventure Camp!

The travel camp trail sets out in Denver, CO, and treks out west, exploring the adventurous and breathtaking sights throughout the states of Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California. The thrilling itinerary boasts horseback riding, white water rafting, zip lining, rappelling, and mountain biking. The camp is scheduled to visit the wondrous Arches, Canyonlands, and Bryce Canyon, National Parks.

CTeen Xtreme is open to Jewish teens grades 9-12, regardless of affiliation, who want to enjoy the summer of a lifetime. No previous experience in outdoor adventure is necessary. For more info visit

Sylvia Chase is recuperating from surgery at the Glen Gariff in Glen Cove. She can be reached at 516 676-1100 ext 3742.

Give her a call, you'll be lifting her spirits and you'll have a mitzvah! Thank you Barbara Russell for being there for Sylvai!

Calendar of Events



Lesson 4: To Be a Jew in the Free World
Sunday, February 9 | 10:00 AM

The Jewish Vote: This lesson probes the relationship between the Jews and Ulysses S. Grant. As a general in the Civil War, Grant issued an order expelling Jews "as a class" from the area of his command. Grant's command aroused deep fears that also America, when in crisis, could revert to the barbarities that the Jews thought were left behind. When Grant ran for president after the war, championing the cause of civil rights, the Jews struggled over whether they could vote for someone who had wronged the Jewish community in such a fundamental manner. This raises the still relevant question: Should our identity as citizens of a democratic state cause us to see our duty in a larger way, or is our first obligation to vote for what is good for ourselves as Jews?

Click here for more info and to register.


TORAH - The Original "BIG BOOK"

TORAH - The Original "BIG BOOK"
Weekly, Call the office for info 516-767-8672

"Torah study for Jews in 12-Step Recovery programs, utilizing Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski M.D.'s Chumash."

Click here for more info.


Purim in PW!

Purim Happenings in Port Washington
Saturday, March 15 - Sunday, March 16

Don't miss out on Purim happenings in Port Washington. Check out our programs and events.

Click here to enter our Purim minisite.


Purim Ball

Purim Ball in Port Washington
Saturday Night, March 15 | 8:30 PM

Join the Purim Ball in costume! Including casino, and Cocktail Reception.

Click here for more info and to RSVP.


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
Save the Hairy-Nosed Wombat
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: The problem with rabbis like you is your narrow view of the world. You always talk about the Jewish future, Jewish continuity, Jews marrying Jews, having Jewish children. What about the rest of humanity? Why do we have to always divide between people? Can't we speak of humans rather than Jews?


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Feb 21
5:18 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Feb 22
6:18 pm
Torah Portion: Vayak'hel

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Mr Joshua Setton, Setton International Foods, Inc.

Click here to let us know if you can sponsor a kiddush.

Community News

Adele Greif 2/22
Kate Rose Radler 2/24
Daniel Youssefia 2/24
Benjamin Adler 2/26

Joseph Cohen 2/26

Sharon Lee 2/27

Adam Smith 2/27


Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Kobrinsky 2/25


Morris Levine,
2/22/2014 | Adar-I 22, 5774
observed by
Jesse Levine & Lynn Silverstein

Lola Miles,
(Slava Esther bas Shalom Leib)
2/22/2014 | Adar-I 22, 5774
observed by

Stewart & Stacy Miles

Samuel Prus,
2/22/2014 | Adar-I 22, 5774
observed by
Adam & Daphne Levy

Sue S. Pinner,
(Chaya Sarah bat Avraham) 2/23/2014 | Adar-I 23, 5774
observed by

Larry & Sheryl Pinner

Shirley Bieber,
(Sura Yenta bas Chaim)
2/24/2014 | Adar-I 24, 5774
observed by

Ronald Bieber

Clare Herz,
2/25/2014 | Adar-I 25, 5774
observed by

Arnie Herz

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

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM

Friday Evening: Candle lighting time

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

Torah Recovery Class
Tuesdays | 7:30 PM

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

Quick Links

The Rebbe


This Week @
The Temple of Our Home
Each of the five primary components of the Temple service has a counterpart in our homes and in our hearts.
Your Questions
Why Is Jewish Marriage So One-Sided?
I understand that the traditional Jewish ketubah (marriage contract) is all about the husband's obligations to his wife, but there's nothing in there about the wife's obligations. Is that fair?
Grateful in Grand Central
I stared at the words in the upper left corner of my phone: "No Service." I felt vaguely uneasy, like some part of me was missing.
Is There Life on Other Planets?
What does Torah teach about life beyond Earth? Learn what great Jewish thinkers from Maimonides to the Rebbe had to say.
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
Wounded Israeli Soldier Describes How Rabbi's Support Aided His Recovery
Chabad's Terror Victims Project works to offer comfort and assistance to those in need
Florida Yeshivah Celebrates 40 Years, Recalling Its Flourishing Roots
A group of 11 young men helped jump-start Jewish learning in the Miami area.
New Summer Camp Program of Their Own for Deaf Jewish Boys
Yeshivah student works to offer Judaic education and experiences to non-hearing youngsters
New Online Trainer Makes the Whole Megillah Easier to Chant
Free online app helps train as you go, highlighting each word to be sung in two different reading styles
The Jewish Calendar
Friday Adar I 21 | February 21
Shabbat Adar I 22 | February 22
Sunday Adar I 23 | February 23
Monday Adar I 24 | February 24
Tuesday Adar I 25 | February 25
Wednesday Adar I 26 | February 26
Today in Jewish HistoryFirst Property Purchase (1677)
Daily Thought
Defiant Darkness

People ask, "But how could you see so much good in the future when so much evil predominates now-and it grows day by day?"

But such is the order of things: Darkness was placed in the world only to challenge light. As the light intensifies, the darkness thickens to defy it.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Vayak'hel

Moses assembles the people of Israel and reiterates to them the commandment to observe the Shabbat. He then conveys G-d's instructions regarding the making of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). The people donate the required materials in abundance, bringing gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool; goat hair, spun linen, animal skins, wood, olive oil, herbs and precious stones. Moses has to tell them to stop giving.

A team of wise-hearted artisans make the Mishkan and its furnishings (as detailed in the previous Torah readings of Terumah, Tetzaveh and Ki Tisa): three layers of roof coverings; 48 gold-plated wall panels, and 100 silver foundation sockets; the parochet ( veil) that separates between the Sanctuary's two chambers, and the masach ( screen) that fronts it; the ark, and its cover with the cherubim; the table and its showbread; the seven-branched menorah with its specially prepared oil; the golden altar and the incense burned on it; the anointing oil; the outdoor altar for burnt offerings and all its implements; the hangings, posts and foundation sockets for the courtyard; and the basin and its pedestal, made out of copper mirrors.