Chabad of Port Washington
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A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel Dear Friend,

Sara and I invite you to join us at Shul this Shabbos as we celebrate the birth of Rebecca Florence Brownstein (Feigah in Hebrew).The baby was named for her grandmother Florence Brownstein - Feigah bas Moshe obm. Please join us for blessings at the Torah in honor of the baby and a delicious elaborate Kiddush luncheon following services.

Dr. Brownstein & his wife,
Dr. Shirley Papilsky

Dr. Brownstein, founding Board member of our Chabad, began to support us 21 years ago when we first moved to town. His support took on a whole new level after the subsequent passing of his mother Florence, in response to Sara's request that he build a preschool in her memory. Much more recently, he built Florence's Israel, the one-of-a-kind multi-sensory Israel-themed playground that has become the talk of the town.

When a name is given to a child in memory of a departed loved one, the two souls are connected. We look forward to welcoming the new Florence Brownstein to the Chabad House established 21 years ago, in large part to remember her namesake. The ceremony at the Torah will take place in the Samuel Brownstein Shul using the Torah scroll commissioned by Dr. Brownstein, also in Sam's memory.

Dr. Brownstein and his wife, Dr. Shirley Papilsky, will be spending Shabbos in Port Washington in order to be able to join their family and our community at this celebration.

Services begin at 9:30am, Torah reading at 10:30, Kiddush luncheon at noon.

I ask you, dear friend, please join the celebration this Shabbat. Help me celebrate with Marty (or Dr. B as he's affectionately known) and his wonderful family this landmark occasion.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

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Coffee & Parsha

Daily Torah class at Chabad: Coffee & Parsha

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


Reb Zelik

Honoring the first Yahrzeit of Zelik Sander
Shabbat, August 25, 2012

Siyum - completion of Tractate of the Talmud by Ephriam Paltiel in memory of R' Zelik.
Kiddush luncheon following services

August 28th services in honor of 1st yahrzeit of Zelik Sander, 7 PM. Followed by Siyum - completion of an entire "seder" (division) of the Mishna by Levi Paltiel in memory of R' Zelik.


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
Question of the week
Of Rodents and Relationships
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: I have a problem with organized religion. Light candles, go to shul, eat this, don't eat that etc etc. What sort of G‑d demands these things from us? Surely we can find our own path to G‑d within ourselves without being told what to do. Why does it make someone better or worse by just following instructions? It all seems crazy to me...

Answer: I was recently addressing a group of women, discussing the topic of relationships. I told them that they should not be ashamed to tell their husbands exactly what makes them happy. Don't leave the guys guessing. If you do, they will never get it right.

A man cannot read a woman's mind. Even if he loves you deeply and is devoted to you with all his being, he needs to be told what you like. Women would prefer men to just take the initiative and do things spontaneously without being asked. But if you leave it up to him, he will do what he thinks a woman wants. And a man's view of what women want, without female input, is clouded by male thinking.

One woman said, "But my husband does do things for me without me asking, and he knows exactly what I want..."

I responded, "Your husband is a very kind man. But he only knows what you want because you have told him at some stage. Left to his own devices, he would give you many things and do many favors for you, but not necessarily what you wanted. Think back to the early stages of your marriage, before he learnt what makes you happy. Like the time he kindly put the washing away, not realizing the importance of folding the clothes before stuffing them into the drawers. And what about that surprise birthday gift he bought you. As sweet and unexpected as it was, a pet rodent was not really an ideal present."

She agreed.

If a man cannot read the mind of a woman, certainly a human being cannot read the mind of G‑d. Unless we are told exactly what G‑d wants from us, we are clueless. That is why we have mitzvos. A mitzvah is a command, a clear and direct instruction from G‑d as to what He wants us to do and not do. Without it, our attempts to connect to G‑d may be sincere and pure, but they don't reach beyond the limits of human experience. We are doing what we think G‑d wants, and that is something we have no idea about.

When we do a mitzvah, no matter how small it seems in our eyes, we are doing what He asked us to do, and we are connecting to Him. A pet rodent is a lovely gesture, but a mitzvah is all He really wants from us.

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



Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Aug 17
7:32 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Aug 18
8:32 pm
Torah Portion: Re'eh

Kiddush Calendar

Join us for an elaborate Kiddush sponsored by Dr. Martin Brownstein in honor of the birth of his granddaughter, Rebecca Florence - Feigah - Brownstein. Mazel tov to the proud parents Michael & Stephanie Brownstein.

Click here to let us know if you'd like to sponsor a kiddush.

Community News

Condolences to Aliza and Yossi Cohen on the passing of Aliza's mom, Daizy Kivity, who passed away last week in Israel at the age of 89. We wish the family only Simchot in the future.

Yossi and Aliza Cohen

Isaac Harris 8/19

Dr. Martin Brownstein 8/20

Sara Pinkus 8/22

Judge & Mrs. Scott Firestone 8/18

Rabbi & Mrs. S. Paltiel 8/28

Randye & Marshall Hubsher 8/21

Lawrance Hollander,
(Eliezer ben Dovid)
8/18/2012 | Av 30, 5772
observed by

Roger & Karen Hollander

Martin Mark Fensterman,
(Mendel Ben Dovid)
8/22/2012 | Elul 4, 5772
observed by

Howard & Lori Fensterman

Erna Katz,
8/22/2012 | Elul 4, 5772
observed by

Adam & Diane Katz

Moshe Lanis,
8/23/2012 | Elul 5, 5772
observed by

Arin Lanis & Nancy Federman

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

Daily Thought
Misappropriation of Time

Each of us is allocated just the amount of time we need to get our mission done. Some of that time will be for learning, teaching, helping others. Some of that time will be needed for making a living-also a divine task with purpose and meaning.

But none of us can justify our obsession with making a living by claiming that it leaves no time to learn or to teach. This is nothing less than misappropriation of funds-spending all the allotted time on one task at the expense of your principal purpose in this world.

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

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The Parshah In A Nutshell
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.

A false prophet, or one who entices others to worship idols, should be put to death; an idolatrous city must be destroyed. The identifying signs for kosher animals and fish, and the list of non-kosher birds (first given in Leviticus 11), are repeated.

A tenth of all produce is to be eaten in Jerusalem, or else exchanged for money with which food is purchased and eaten there. On certain years this tithe is given to the poor instead. Firstborn cattle and sheep are to be offered in the Temple, and their meat eaten by the kohanim (priests).

The mitzvah of charity obligates a Jew to aid a needy fellow with a gift or loan. On the Sabbatical year (occurring every seventh year), all loans are to be forgiven. All indentured servants are to be set free after six years of service.

Our Parshah concludes with the laws of the three pilgrimage festivals- Passover, Shavuot and Sukkotwhen all should go to " see and be seen" before G‑d in the Holy Temple.