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Purim Ball
A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel Greetings!

omh more snow...

Here's another snow thought from the Kaballah:

Water is a symbol of blessing and life; divine energy flowing downwards from Above.

This flow takes on two forms - water in its pure form, and snow - water (vapor) as it combines with dust and particles.

Water represents 'Heaven' from where it flows. Snow represents a combination of both heaven and earth - divine and worldliness.

We are empowered to find G-d, and build a relationship with Him, in two ways. We can find Him in our spiritual, Jewish activities (e.g. Torah study, prayer, Shabbat etc). We are also able to find Him in our daily, mundane activities - when we see the hand of Providence in ordinary areas of life such as business and health.

"Rain" symbolizes the former - pure 'Heavenly waters'. "Snow" is the latter - when Heaven's waters combine with earth, connecting our day to day reality with our Creator and His purpose.

Perhaps that's what G-d is trying to tell us this Winter. "It's not enough to look for Me in shul and in holy endeavors. I'm very much a part of your daily life. Make sure to live it in a manner that's makes Me proud, and don't forget where your real life blessings are coming from."

Stay safe and warm. Join me Shabbat at shul - (please...)

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P. S. By now you must have received the gorgeous invitation to the Purim Ball being organized by our dedicated Sisterhood. I encourage you to send back your return card or click here to register your attendance. Let's support the hard work of our Sisterhood leadership who are working tirelessly to make exciting programs for our community. Let's each come and bring another couple with us, to make this event the great success it can be! Ok? Deal?

Photo of the Week
1st and 2nd grade Intramural Champions

Chabad's Intramural Basketball Team for 1st and 2nd grade

Program ended Sunday for the season.

Calendar of Events



Lesson 3: To Be a Jew in the Free World
Sunday, February 9 | 10:00 AM

JUDAISM OF OUR CHOOSING: The failed attempt to establish a chief rabbi in New York in the 1890s demonstrated the weakness of the modern Jewish community structure. This lesson explores how the lack of top-down organization in the Jewish community and new-world individualism combine to challenge and empower individuals to choose to participate in Jewish life.

Click here for more info and to register.


Mommy & Me

Mommy & Me | Tuesdays, 9:30 -10:15 am

Join Jaime Lewis, of Kids Can Music together with Sara Paltiel, Director of Florence Brownstein Preschool for music and movement in Chabad's spectacular new Israel-themed immersive indoor playground.

Click here for more info and register.


TORAH - The Original "BIG BOOK"

TORAH - The Original "BIG BOOK"
Tuesdays | 7:30 PM

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

Click here for more info.


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
A Pregnant Year?
By: Yerachmiel Tilles

Question: Maintaining the Cosmic Balance. In order for the festivals to retain their position relative to the seasons, an adjustment must be made. What is it?


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Feb 14
5:09 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Feb 15
6:10 pm
Torah Portion: Ki Tisa

Kiddush Calendar

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

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

Community News


Carol Brenner 2/14

Michelle Tawfik 2/15
Brian Winters 2/15
Rachel Levy 2/19
Andrew Malcam Swenson 2/19
Evan Beatus 2/20
Maria Orlova 2/20


Mr. & Mrs. Larry Pinner 2/14


Gary Baval,
(Menachem Mendel ben Yaakov)
2/14/2014 | Adar-I 14, 5774
observed by

Jason & Tamara Kobin

Myrna Gordon,
(Mindel bas Zalman Yosef)
2/14/2014 | Adar-I 14, 5774
observed by

Geoffrey & Karen Gordon

Gertrude Kaplan,
(haya Gitel bas Mordechai)
2/15/2014 | Adar-I 15, 5774
observed by

Ellen Savran

Eli Rochelson, (Eliahu ben Dov)
2/15/2014 | Adar-I 15, 5774
observed by

Burton Rochelson

Essie Rubin, (Esther bat Hyman) 2/18/2014 | Adar-I 18, 5774
observed by

Barry & Donna Jason

Murray Schneider,
(Meir Eliezer ben Betzalel)
2/19/2014 | Adar-I 19, 5774
observed by Edith Schneider
Victor & Terri Hovanec

*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

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The Jewish Calendar
Friday Adar I 14 | February 14
Purim Katan
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Daily Thought

1951: We are the last generation of the exile and the first of a new age.

1967: A mighty wind of return is blowing. I hear the sound of a great ram's horn. The souls of the young people are preparing for a time to come.

1990: The timeline of mankind, according to tradition, is divided into six millennia, corresponding to the six days of Creation. The seventh millennium is beyond time.

According to this paradigm, the year 5751 (October 1990–September 1991) equates with high noon on the sixth day.

The year 5751 begins an entirely new era. Just as on Friday afternoon we begin the mad rush to prepare for the seventh day, so too, all the wonders you will see in this year are nature's frenzy to prepare for a time beyond time. We are about to enter what the ancient sages referred to as the Era of Moshiach.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Ki Tisa
The people of Israel are told to each contribute exactly half a shekel of silver to the Sanctuary. Instructions are also given regarding the making of the Sanctuary's water basin, anointing oil and incense. "Wise-hearted" artisans Betzalel and Aholiav are placed in charge of the Sanctuary's construction, and the people are once again commanded to keep the Shabbat.

When Moses does not return when expected from Mount Sinai, the people make a golden calf and worship it. G-d proposes to destroy the errant nation, but Moses intercedes on their behalf. Moses descends from the mountain carrying the tablets of the testimony engraved with the Ten Commandments; seeing the people dancing about their idol, he breaks the tablets, destroys the golden calf, and has the primary culprits put to death. He then returns to G-d to say: "If You do not forgive them, blot me out from the book that You have written."

G-d forgives, but says that the effect of their sin will be felt for many generations. At first G-d proposes to send His angel along with them, but Moses insists that G-d Himself accompany His people to the promised land.

Moses prepares a new set of tablets and once more ascends the mountain, where G-d reinscribes the covenant on these second tablets. On the mountain, Moses is also granted a vision of the divine thirteen attributes of mercy. So radiant is Moses' face upon his return, that he must cover it with a veil, which he removes only to speak with G-d and to teach His laws to the people.