The Lamplighter
Chabad of Washington Heights' Weekly Newsletter
17 Marcheshvan 5783 - Hakhel Year | November 11, 2022 | Torah Portion: Vayeira | Issue #708
Wishing you a Good Shabbos, Shabbat Shalom. Next week in Jerusalem!
Rabbi Yakov D. Kirschenbaum 

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Weekly Torah Classes
Schedule for Week of November 13-19
Weekday classes are "joinable" on Zoom (ID# is 858-784-1721, password is 9R3NEZ), Facebook Live and on the phone at 646-558-6338 - code is 613770#

  • Monday at 9:00 pm: Gate of Trust
  • Tues. & Wed. at 9:00 pm (Phone, FB, Zoom): Tanya
  • Thursday at 9:00 pm: Parshah Insights
  • Shabbos at 9:30 am: Tanya & Tuna
  • Shabbos at 3:20 pm: Talmudic Tales
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Friday, November 11
Light Candles at: 4:23 pm

Shabbat, November 12
Shabbat Ends: 5:23 pm

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

Shabbos P. Vayeira
shul - kleiman

Minchah, Kaballat Shabbat: 4:30 pm


Say Shema before: 9:07 am
Tanya & Tuna: 9:30 am
Shacharit: 10:00 am

Services followed by a kiddush, not-yet sponsored
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Talmudic -Tales Class: 3:30 pm
Minchah: 4:15 pm
Shabbat Ends: 5:23 pm
Climb Down From Your Pedestal
By Rabbi Aharon Loschak; art by Rivka Korf Studio
It is a part of life. Whether we wish to or not, we’re still constantly judging people and things. And for most of us, we like to think that we’re just “calling balls and strikes,” fairly and objectively calling the reality as it is.
But is that always the best way to go about it?

“Let Me Go Down”

Parshat Vayera tells the story of the infamous twin cities, Sodom and Gomorrah. These cesspools of corruption and cruelty were finally destroyed in a pillage of fire and sulfur.
But before G‑d decides to flatten them once and for all, we read:
Rabbi Mottel Pevzner, 41, Overcame Challenges With Humor and Joy
Devoted spiritual guide and “best friend” to all in his tiny, remote French community
Rabbi Pevzner was a schoolmate of mine (R' Kirschenbaum) in Oholei Torah Zal - Crown Heights
By Menachem Posner | 10/23/22
Located on France’s southernmost Mediterranean coast, only a few kilometers north of the Spanish border, Perpignan has a minuscule Jewish community of just a few hundred souls. Yet for the past 16 years, they were blessed to be served by a spiritual giant, Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Pevzner, who passed away at the age of 41 on the day before Yom Kippur.

Having lived a lifetime of physical challenges—especially during his final three years when a tumor robbed him of the ability to walk—he continued to faithfully serve his community, taking buses, trains and any other wheelchair-accessible route to the Jewish individuals and families he had discovered over the years.
Where is Moshiach? In Sodom
The theme, in this week’s Torah portion, the destruction of the wicked cities, Sodom and Gomorrah, is simple enough: These two cities were destroyed due to the exceptional cruelty of their citizens. The classical story of corruption and its consequences.
But is this the entire story?

Upon reading the elaborate details of the narrative – the way G-d debates whether to reveal His plans to Abraham; the Divine “descent” to confirm the wickedness of Sodom; dispatching an angel to destroy the city; the extensive efforts exerted to save Lot, in the merit of his uncle Abraham; Abraham’s intervention, pleading to save Sodom – it is quite apparent that there is much more going on than just the demise of another corrupt city.
Horchata Recipe. All Variations
By Levana Kirschenbaum | 11/6/22
 From Levanacooks.com
A delightful – and delightfully refreshing almond rice drink originated from Spain. Originally, Horchata is made with Chufas, or tiger nuts, a tuber superfood widely available in Spain and South America, and widely used for baking and drinks. They all happily drink Horchata de Chufa. And because we grew up in Morocco, which neighbors Spain, we eagerly waited for school to let out to buy it from the vendors who hawked it at the top of their voices.
From Bernie Rappaport

Rabbi Huntz Hall is explaining the concept of statistics to his yeshiva bocher with an example: "Statistically, every time I breathe out, someone dies."

Yeshiva Bocher Leo Gorcey: "Have you tried antiseptic mouthwash, sir?"
"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