Chabad of Port Washington
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A word from the Rabbi

"Can a Shofar be sounded in a city and the people will not tremble?" (Amos 3:6).

The month of Elul which begins this Tuesday is a month of preparation for the New Year. During this month it is customary to sound the Shofar each morning after prayers to remind us that it is time for introspection and spiritual growth.

Is it possible that Tuesday's "shake up" was meant as a little "wake up"? Maybe the storms and quakes are G‑d's way to remind us of how little is really in our control, and that we ought to heed our inner Shofar (read: Jewish guilt...) which calls out for more focus on the things that really matter in life.

(Is it also possible that the tremor, which was centered near our nation's capitol, is a wake-up call to our leaders that it's high time to take a bold stance against the radical enemies of humanity, before it's too late?)

So this Shabbos, add this to your storm preparation kit:

One bottle of Kosher wine, 2 Shabbat candles, canned Gefilte fish, some challahs, and a fresh set of your finest Shabbat clothing.  Also, make sure to have your Torah texts and prayer book handy for extra study on the long Shabbat afternoon.

Plus, be prepared to be able to operate without your electronics.  After all, it's Shabbat!

Shabbat Shalom (stay safe!)

Rabbi Shalom M Paltiel

P.S. In honor of Irene, scheduled to hit hard on Sunday morning, our weekly Torah class will go on as scheduled on a conference call.  The Conference Dial-in Number: (209) 647-1000, Access Code: 222735#. Please call from a quiet room. Class takes place 10-11AM, please call in a few minutes prior, have your snack and Book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) ready near the sofa.


Community News

Proud Parents
Let's Play Ball!

Our own Paula Spatz participating in the Maccabi Israel games this summer, to the delight of her proud parents Dr. Robert & Bilha Spatz


Calendar of Events

Sep 8-9

SAVE THE DATE: September 8 and 9
Chabad Basketball Clinics/Sports League Open Houses:

Join us for one of two Open Houses at our beautiful Adam Katz Athletic Center gymnasium to learn about the Basketball Clinics & Sports Leagues being organized by Chabad in cooperation with Island Garden/Super League

- Thursday, September 8th, 6-8 PM
- Friday, September 9th, 4-6 PM

For more information, click here.

Oct 17

Mommy & Me with Yoga
Mondays | 9:45 -10:45 am

Michelle Lublin, of Om Sweet Om together with Sara Paltiel, director of Chabad of Port Washington, invite you to to join us for a spectacular Mommy and Me with Yoga. Yoga, Music & Movement in a Preschool setting.

Click here for more info and to register online.

Rebbe E-Video


The Arizal writes that the numerical value of 'Dimah-Tears' is 120, which in Torah signifies full life.

Click here to watch a 9-minute clip.

Question of the Week
When Death Will Be No More
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, AU

Question: Rabbi, I just wanted to thank you again for your support to our family after the loss of my grandmother. You helped ease the pain of what was a very sad period.

One question I had is about the traditional words of consolation said to mourners: "May G‑d comfort you together with the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem." What exactly is the consolation in those words? How does comparing the loss of a loved one to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans two thousand years ago make me feel any better?

Answer: There are several parallels between the fall of Jerusalem and the passing of a soul. By contemplating these similarities, the mourners can find a profound message of hope in the midst of sorrow.

Although the destruction of Jerusalem primarily affected those who actually lived there, nevertheless it was a national tragedy. All Jews, including those who lived far from Jerusalem, were deeply pained at the loss of their sanctuary. The mourning stretched far beyond the city limits of Jerusalem. And this gave strength and courage to the Jerusalemites, knowing that the entire Jewish people was together with them, feeling their pain.


Board of Directors

Adam Katz, Esq., President

Frank Arnold
Bert Brodsky
Martin H. Brownstein, M.D.
Howard Fensterman, Esq.
M. Allan Hyman, Esq.
Sara E. Paltiel
Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel
Alan Rosenzweig
Alan Salzbank
Michael Samuel
Felix Sater


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Aug 26
7:20 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Aug 27
8:19 pm
Torah Portion: Re'eh

Kiddush Calendar

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Community News

Emma Ariel Podolsky 8/27
Jonathan Kobrinsky 8/28
Jonathan Kobrinsky 8/28
Adi Levin 8/28
Leah Weingast 8/29
Robin Freeman 8/30
Mr. Frederic H. Gould 8/30
Nicole Meyers 9/1
Cyla Paltiel 9/1

Marshall & Randye Hubsher 8/21

Jackie & Phil Becker 8/27

Mr. & Mrs. J. Kobin 8/27

Fern & Hersh Cohen 9/1

Orly & Bryan Sherman 9/1

Calvin Lepselter, Chaim Achiva Mordechai ben Asher Zelig
8/24/2011 | Av 24, 5771
observed by Carol Arnold

Carol Arnold

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Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning
Services: 9:00 AM
Tefillin Club: 11:30 am - 12 noon in the Chabad Library

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM

Friday Evening: 7:00 PM
Shabbat services followed by kiddush
Saturday Morning: 9:30 AM
Followed by Kiddush Luncheon at Noon
Mincha: Following Lunch

Schedule of Classes

Weekly Torah Portion
Sundays | 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Coffee & Parsha Class

Monday - Friday | 7:45 - 8:00 AM

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


Daily Thought


Forgetting to Learn

Learning is not the mere acquisition of knowledge and more knowledge. Learning is a process of making quantum leaps beyond the subjective self. No matter how high a summit you may reach, there is always another peak above.

But you can only reach that peak once you realize you are still in the valley.

The Talmud tells of Rabbi Zera, who fasted one hundred fasts to forget all the Torah he had learned in Babylonia before going to study the Torah of the land of Israel.



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Parshat Re'eh
" See," says Moses to the people of Israel, "I place before you today a blessing and a curse"-the blessing that will come when they fulfill G‑d's commandments, and the curse if they abandon them. These should be proclaimed on Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal when the people cross over into the Holy Land.

A Temple should be established in " the place that G‑d will choose to make dwell His name there," where the people should bring their sacrifices to Him; it is forbidden to make offerings to G‑d in any other place. It is permitted to slaughter animals elsewhere, not as a sacrifice but to eat their meat; the blood (which in the Temple is poured upon the altar), however, may not be eaten.