Chabad of Port Washington
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Kabbalah of You

A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

I'm proud of my big brother!

Truth be told I'm proud of all of my brothers and sisters (there's 6 of them k'nehora). Each of them is an amazing human being and quite successful (thank G‑d) in their respective endeavors. (I know, it's my "unbiased" opinion, but what should I tell ya' - it happens to be the truth...) but that's for another time perhaps.

I write today about my big brother Yossi. He is a well-known master thinker and teacher of Chassidic-mystical philosophy, and has lectured in cities across the globe. His website is frequented by thousands of English speaking students of Chassidic teachings the world over.  He is widely regarded as the most prolific and comprehensive teacher of Chabad Chassidic philosophy for the English speaking public. One can watch his weekly classes on the deeper meaning of the Torah portion at If you are serious about Torah study (on a somewhat scholarly level) you should check out these resources.

I speak of him today in particular because he is the author of the new Jewish Learning Institute adult education course which I, and 330 other Chabad rabbis and rebbetzins, will begin teaching next week in cities around the world. At our Chabad House - the course begins Sunday morning 10am. And you're invited.

This course, entitled The Kaballah of YOU, is chock full of excitement, both philosophically and in terms of self-help. If you are someone who has interest in studying Kaballah - for real, not the "magical-instant-results-holywood" version - this course is for you! You'll absolutely LOVE this stuff.  In my view, JLI has not offered up any course that was quite like this one before.

If you're convinced - visit and register today. If you're still on the fence - please come on Sunday and sample the first lesson; then decide if you'd like to register for remainder of the six week course.

I can't tell you how excited I am to teach this course. Not because my brother happens to be its author, but because it happens to be brilliant - as is (almost) always the case with my brother's work...

Yossi - job well done!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel


Calendar of Events


Membership Shabbat

3 New JLI Courses for 2012-2013

Choose one or come to all 3 courses being offered this coming year at Chabad.

Click here for more info and to register.


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
Did Man Create G‑d?
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: At my University a group of students from all faiths and religions, including Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindus, Buddhists meet weekly to discuss many subjects. A recurring question often comes up: "Did man create G‑d or did G‑d create Man?" What would you have to say on that?

Answer: Imagine a new colour. Not a new combination of existing colours, or a shade of another colour, but an entirely original colour that does not resemble any other.

You can't. It has never been done. It is beyond the human capability to conceptualise anything that has no basis in reality. All human creativity is the result of taking existing ideas and rearranging them, using ingredients that are already present and making a new combination. There is nothing completely new under the sun.

Human invention is the mimicking and harnessing of nature. That's why airplanes are modeled on birds, with wings and tails, and cars are built like horses, on all fours with two eyes at the front and exhaust coming out the back. If you look at every human invention, you will find that nothing is absolutely original.

Even in the world of fantasy, human imagination can only invent characters that somewhat resemble real creatures. The most outlandish aliens from the weirdest science fiction stories are no more than overgrown frogmen or human lizards with big ears. The scariest space monster looks strikingly similar to a giant lobster. The wildest imaginations have never been able to dream up an entirely original being. Even fictional characters are based on real life.

This was also true of the gods of ancient mythology. The Babylonian, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman deities were all merely exaggerated humans or personifications of forces of nature. It is easy to see how they were man-made, a combination of mortal man's fears and hopes and fantasies. All ancient gods, like all human inventions, were creative depictions of familiar realities.

The only exception to this is the G‑d of the Torah. G‑d is unlike any creature...



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, Oct 26
5:40 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Oct 27
6:39 pm
Torah Portion: Lech-Lecha

Kiddush Calendar

This Shabbos at Chabad we will celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Jamie Berger, daughter of Beth and Richard Berger, granddaughter of Sophia Charney and the late Ted Charney.

Kiddush luncheon will be sponsored by the Bergers in honor of this occasion.

Beth, Richard, Jamie and Alison

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

Community News

Ellen Savran 10/28
Benjamin Edidin 10/29
Mashi Weinberg 10/29
Jeff Kobrinsky 10/30

Dr. & Mrs. Robert Spatz 10/26
Mr. & Mrs. V. Hovanec 10/28

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

Daily Thought
Essential Peace

There are three ways to bring unity between two opposites:

The first is by introducing a power that transcends both of them and to which they both utterly surrender their entire being.
They are then at peace with each other because they are both under the influence of the same force.

But their being is not at peace-their being is simply ignored.

The second way is by finding a middle ground where the two beings meet. The two are at peace where they meet on that middle ground-but the rest of their territory remains apart and distant.

The third way is to reveal that the essence of every aspect of the two beings is one and the same.

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM

Friday Evening: 5:45 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

Signature Bank

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A Mother's Tears
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North America
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Coinciding with a month of events nationwide shining a light on breast cancer, its toll on countless families, and the research being done to combat it, several hundred women in suburban New York are gathering at a local synagogue for the chance to honor relatives of friends affected by the disease.
The Jewish Calendar
  Thursday Cheshvan 9 | October 25
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Rosh (1327)
  Friday Cheshvan 10 | October 26
  Shabbat Cheshvan 11 | October 27
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Methuselah (1656 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryRachel (1553 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Nachum of Chernobyl (1797)
  Sunday Cheshvan 12 | October 28
Today in Jewish HistoryYitzhak Rabin (1995)
  Monday Cheshvan 13 | October 29
  Tuesday Cheshvan 14 | October 30
  Wednesday Cheshvan 15 | October 31
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Mattityahu (139 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryKristallnacht (1938)
  Thursday Cheshvan 16 | November 1
  Friday Cheshvan 17 | November 2
Today in Jewish HistoryGreat Flood Begins (2105 BCE)
  Shabbat Cheshvan 18 | November 3
Today in Jewish HistoryAssassination of Meir Kahane

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Lech-Lecha
G‑d speaks to Abram, commanding him, " Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father's house, to the land which I will show you." There, G‑d says, he will be made into a great nation. Abram and his wife, Sarai, accompanied by his nephew Lot, journey to the land of Canaan, where Abram builds an altar and continues to spread the message of a one G‑d.

A famine forces the first Jew to depart for Egypt, where beautiful Sarai is taken to Pharaoh's palace; Abram escapes death because they present themselves as brother and sister. A plague prevents the Egyptian king from touching her, and convinces him to return her to Abram and to compensate the brother-revealed-as-husband with gold, silver and cattle.

Back in the land of Canaan, Lot separates from Abram and settles in the evil city of Sodom, where he falls captive when the mighty armies of Chedorlaomer and his three allies conquer the five cities of the Sodom Valley. Abram sets out with a small band to rescue his nephew, defeats the four kings, and is blessed by Malki-Zedek the king of Salem (Jerusalem).

G‑d seals the Covenant Between the Parts with Abram, in which the exile and persecution (galut) of the people of Israel is foretold, and the Holy Land is bequeathed to them as their eternal heritage.

Still childless ten years after their arrival in the Land, Sarai tells Abram to marry her maidservant Hagar. Hagar conceives, becomes insolent toward her mistress, and then flees when Sarai treats her harshly; an angel convinces her to return, and tells her that her son will father a populous nation. Ishmael is born in Abram's eighty-sixth year.

Thirteen years later, G‑d changes Abram's name to Abraham ("father of multitudes"), and Sarai's to Sarah ("princess"), and promises that a son will be born to them; from this child, whom they should call Isaac ("will laugh"), will stem the great nation with which G‑d will establish His special bond. Abraham is commanded to circumcise himself and his descendants as a "sign of the covenant between Me and you." Abraham immediately complies, circumcising himself and all the males of his household.