Chabad of Port Washington
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A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

The generous rewards for observance of the Torah and its Mitzvos are enumerated at the beginning of this week's Torah Portion. The Torah states, "And it shall come to pass after you heed...", the word Eikev, translated in this context as "after", can also mean "heel". This is a reference to Mitzvos which a person tramples with his heel - those Mitzvos which are not obviously important, but rather are inconspicuously embedded in the fabric of our lives. Keeping these Mitzvos warrants G‑d's bountiful blessings.

When we observe a Mitzvah that is obviously important, our commitment is not necessarily that internalized. The importance and significance of the Mitzvah does not allow it to be ignored. From the outset, it is a given that we will accept and observe these precepts. As such, our observance is not that involving or undertaking for us. We are only doing what we are expected to do!

When, however, we observe Mitzvos that can be trampled with our heels, it shows an extra measure of devotion. By nature, these Mitzvos would be ignored; there is no natural tendency pushing us to observe them. The observance of these seemingly mundane Mitzvos, therefore, require us to summon up an extra measure of commitment that enables us to go beyond our natural inclination. Making this additional effort evokes an extra measure of Divine favor and brings the manifold blessings mentioned in the Torah.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel


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Camp Gan Israel Photos: Click here to see a photo album of all the summer fun at CGI.

Add a little Class to your Life
Coffee & Parsha

Daily Torah class at Chabad: Coffee & Parsha

Sundays | 10:00 - 10:30 AM
Monday - Friday | 7:45 - 8:15 AM

In-depth study of weekly Torah portion using the text and classic commentary.

For Men & Women. All are welcome, no membership required. No previous knowledge necessary.

Calendar of Events


Israel Trip

Community Trip to Israel - February 2013!
Sunday, February 17 - Monday, February 25

Chabad of Port Washington is joining together with Chabad of the Upper East Side for a Mission to Israel. You won't want to miss this trip, the first for our Chabad, which will be offered in FIVE STAR fashion.

Click here for more info and to RSVP.

Question of the Week

Is it Cool to be Married?
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Board of Directors

Adam Katz, Esq., President

Frank Arnold*
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



Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY [11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Aug 10
7:41 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Aug 11
8:43 pm
Torah Portion: Eikev

Kiddush Calendar

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Community News

To Alan and Judy Karul on teh passing of Alan's Mom.

Andre Zalta 8/10
Alexander Aghravi 8/12
Dr. David Levine 8/13
Linda Sandman 8/13
Mr. Ronald Bieber 8/16

Ruth Thorn
Ruchel bat Duvid
8/10/2012 | Av 22, 5772
observed by Gary & Joyce Cohen

Gladys Yamner
Gittel bat Zalman Leib
8/11/2012 | Av 23, 5772
observed by Jeffrey & Cheryl Podolsky

Calvin Lepselter
Chaim Achiva Mordechai bar Asher Zelig
8/12/2012 | Av 24, 5772
observed by Carol Arnold & Bill Ostrower

Isadore Cohen
8/14/2012 | Av 26, 5772
observed by Gary & Joyce Cohen

Sharyn & Burt Falkenstein 8/12

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

Daily Thought
Growing Up

There is a time when He relates to us as a father relates to his infant child. We can cry and spit and make those little messes babies make-but He loves us, just because we are His child.

And then there comes a time when we have to grow up and do something.

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM

Friday Evening: 7:00 PM

Saturday Morning: 9:30 AM
Followed by Kiddush Luncheon at 12
Mincha: Following Lunch


Schedule of Classes

Coffee & Parsha Class
Monday - Friday | 7:45 - 8:15 AM

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

with Rabbi Weinberg
Thursday evening at private home in town. Call for details.



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The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Eikev

In the Parshah of Eikev ( "Because"), Moses continues his closing address to the Children of Israel, promising them that if they will fulfill the commandments ( mitzvot) of the Torah, they will prosper in the Land they are about to conquer and settle in keeping with G‑d's promise to their forefathers.

Moses also rebukes them for their failings in their first generation as a people, recalling their worship of the Golden Calf, the rebellion of Korach, the sin of the spies, their angering of G‑d at Taveirah, Massah and Kivrot Hataavah ( "The Graves of Lust"). "You have been rebellious against G‑d," he says to them, "since the day I knew you." But he also speaks of G‑d's forgiveness of their sins, and the Second Tablets which G‑d inscribed and gave to them following their repentance.

Their forty years in the desert, says Moses to the people, during which G‑d sustained them with daily manna from heaven, was to teach them "that man does not live on bread alone, but by the utterance of G‑d's mouth does man live."

Moses describes the land they are about to enter as "flowing with milk and honey," blessed with the "seven kinds" ( wheat, barley, grapevines, figs, pomegranates, olive oil and dates), and as the place that is the focus of G‑d's providence of His world. He commands them to destroy the idols of the land's former masters, and to beware lest they become haughty and begin to believe that "my power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth."

A key passage in our Parshah is the second chapter of the Shema, which repeats the fundamental mitzvot enumerated in the Shema's first chapter, and describes the rewards of fulfilling G‑d's commandments and the adverse results (famine and exile) of their neglect. It is also the source of the precept of prayer, and includes a reference to the resurrection of the dead in the messianic age.