Chabad of Port Washington
Chabad of Port Washington
  Email:  Voice: 516-767-8672
Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Project

A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

Yesterday was Rosh Chodesh - the new Jewish month - a time of renewal.

Renewal is what we all need - right about now...

It's been a brutal couple weeks for (almost) all of us. We're beaten up physically, emotionally, otherwise. We're finally getting back to normal life when we begin hearing the tragic news from Israel.

Rosh Chodesh comes just on time. The renewal of the moon each month reminds us that just when things can't seem to get much worse you begin to see a glimmer of light, which then turns ever brighter with each passing day.

At Chabad, this is also a time of renewal - to regroup and rebuild our "home away from home" so that it is as beautiful and welcoming as it was before the flood caused so much destruction to it. If you haven't seen what it looks like, stop by any weekday 7am-4pm and take a walk around the place (hard-hats suggested...) Every room within the 35,000 SF facility has been badly damaged, some rooms have been completely destroyed. (You can see photos of the destruction by clicking here). Our floors are down to the raw concrete throughout the entire place, including the Shul, social hall and classrooms. The beautiful new gymnasium floor is completely ripped out, and is now down to the concrete floors. The walls throughout the facility have been cut in each and every room to remove any moisture and possibility of mold. The place is not a pretty sight...

Still, we have cleaned up parts of the building so that we can begin using it again, in spite of its current state. It will take us a few months to rebuild, but we will begin using the space now, increasingly so as we move ahead:

Yesterday, Rosh Chodesh, we resumed holding our morning services at Chabad, for the first time since Sandy. Daily services, along with the Coffee and Parsha Torah class that follows will now continue each day. (Services: M-F 7AM, Coffee & Parsha: 7:45-8:15AM; Sundays Services 9AM)

This Shabbos, we will begin holding services once again at Chabad. The space is unfinished, but it is warm, clean and safe. Hopefully before long it'll be back to it's former beauty. For now, it's home, even if it's unfinished. Please join us for this momentous Shabbos. Even if you're not a regular at Shabbat services, please, come on this Shabbat. Be a part of history.

JLI (Jewish Learning Institute) adult education classes will resume this Sunday morning - at Chabad! (Bagel brunch will be served). Be there at 9:45 to get settled in for a 10am start time. I'm excited to see my students once again after the two week interruption.

Chabad Hebrew School will take place this Sunday morning 9am-Noon at the Children's Center at Landmark - 232 Main Street. Contact phone number during Hebrew School is going to be Rabbi W's cell: 516-807 6743.

Florence Brownstein Preschool has been operating all week out of the Children's Center at Landmark. This will continue a bit longer until the classrooms are sufficiently safe and clean for the children to come back in.

We can not thank The Children's Center enough, and especially it's dedicated director Donna Preminger, for their over the top kindness and hospitality to us at this difficult time.

A special thank you to the recovery people from Maxons Restoration, including CEO Damon Gersh, a local Port Washington resident. Thank you Damon for coming through for us during this difficult time, putting us on top of the list, making sure we didn't incur more damage by waiting.

With blessings for warmth, light and renewal, I remain.

Shabbat Shalom! (Rest... Peace... Blessing... To each of us, our communities, our people in Israel)

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P.S. Please help us with our Hurricane Sandy Recovery Project. Click here for photos and to make a contribution. We have suffered serious damage, estimated to be in the area of $750,000. Our insurance coverage is only $500,000. We will need lots of help getting back on our feet. If each of us made a generous, one time Hurricane Recovery gift we will be OK. Please consider this a personal request and give generously. Also, please forward this request to philanthropic friends and acquaintances who are in the position to help who might assist us at this difficult time. I thank you for your care and consideration.


Calendar of Events


Kabbalah of You

Kabbalah of You: Sundays, 10-11:30 AM

Are you all you can be? How can you unleash the infinite power of your soul within? This course provides a mystical roadmap to living a life of happiness, fulfillment, and self-actualization by revealing how you can thrive and be more than just alive.

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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
Can We Schedule an Argument?
 By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: I have a problem. My fiancee and I never fight. I have heard that relationships can only grow through tension, that only when we have a disagreement and then work through it can we get closer. But what can I do? We simply agree on everything. Now I'm nervous. Should we be arranging some arguments? Maybe a weekly roster with a list of topics to fight about, and then make up afterwards?

Answer: Pre-arranged fights only work if you are a professional wrestler. Not so in a marriage. To get the desired effect, the argument needs to be real. I am afraid you will have to wait for an authentic argument to be able to truly reconcile.

This is based on some Talmudic logic. The Talmud teaches that one who has sinned but then asks for forgiveness comes closer to G‑d than someone who never sinned. This means that a person who was wicked but left their evil ways reaches higher than a person who has always done the right thing.


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, Nov 16
4:18 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Nov 17
5:18 pm
Torah Portion: Toldot

Kiddush Calendar

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Community News

Mazel Tov to Amanda Simes on her Bat Mitzvah taking place at Chabad this Shabbat


Randye Hubsher 11/8
Victor Hovanec 11/16
Gary Rosenthal 11/16
Elmira Salim 11/16
Craig Sanders 11/16
Alan Sandman 11/16
Daniel Soleimani 11/16
Abigail Wolff 11/16
Ryann Brodsky 11/17
Noa Danay 11/17
Farnaz Hadaghian 11/17
Alex Laskin 11/17
Mr. Jerry Laskin 11/17
Yamit Rafiezadeh 11/17
Bette Rothkrug 11/17
Shai Rozio 11/17
Naya Akler 11/18
Elisheva Conway 11/18
Julia Jaffe Friedman 11/18
Amanda Heimowitz 11/18
Susan Marcus-Eshel 11/18
Hayden Elias Quigley 11/18
Elvina Salim 11/18
Shira Setareh Shenas 11/18
Joshua Shabani 11/18
Bluma Lewis 11/19
Benjamin Malekan 11/19
Talia Malekan 11/19
Daniel Barak 11/20
Ariella Farahmandpour 11/20
Ashley Avrani 11/21
Sam Doubert 11/21
Iraj Farahan 11/21
Michael Freifeld 11/21
Quinn Kaplan 11/21
Zachary Shilian 11/21
Ashley Diamond 11/22
Dr. Marshall J. Hubsher 11/22

Dr. Marshall & Randye Hubsher

Mr. & Mrs. Eddie Freifeld 11/20

Rosalyn Becker, (Rachel)
11/16/2012 | Kislev 2, 5773
observed by Phil & Jacqueline Becker

Soleyman Esrail,
(Shlomo ben Elitzafan)
11/20/2012 | Kislev 6, 5773
observed by Joseph & Lida Esrail

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


Daily Thought
Just a Favor

The Baal Shem Tov taught that a soul may descend from its place high in the heavens down into this world for 70-80 years, just to do a favor for another.

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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Hackers Versus Patchers
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A Rebbe Goes Shopping
Over the next few hours, several more packages arrived with the same message, each from a different store, each one specializing in women's and girls' apparel.
Judaism 101
Minchah-Afternoon Prayer
You're in the middle of it all, the traffic rages, the phones won't leave you in peace, and adrenalin races through every vein. It takes courage to tell the world to stop while you chat with its Maker.
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
Former Soviet Union
Jewish Museum of Tolerance Opens in Moscow
The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, billed as the world's largest Jewish museum, invites visitors to experience the story of the Jewish people as told through the lens of the many generations living in Russian-speaking lands.
Gala Banquet Focuses on Dedication of Chabad Emissaries
Detroit native Richard Bernstein spent nearly 10 weeks in the hospital after a cyclist slammed into him in New York City's Central Park, shattering his hip and pelvis. But on Sunday night, he joined thousands of other Jewish lay and rabbinical leaders at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan for the gala banquet of the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries.
North America
Annual Rabbinical Conference Underway in Post-Sandy New York
Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, director of the Lubavitch Center of Essex County in West Orange, N.J., had been looking forward to the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries that began Wednesday in Brooklyn, N.Y., with intense anticipation.
Donal Holway, Official Photographer of Chabad Emissaries, Talks of "Wow" Moment
Standing on 22nd Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, Donal Holway was consumed with one thought: How could he get every rabbi's face sharp and in focus?
The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Kislev 2 | November 16
  Shabbat Kislev 3 | November 17
  Sunday Kislev 4 | November 18
  Monday Kislev 5 | November 19
Today in Jewish HistoryMaharsha (1631)
  Tuesday Kislev 6 | November 20
  Wednesday Kislev 7 | November 21
Laws and CustomsSanctification of the Moon
  Thursday Kislev 8 | November 22

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Toldot
Isaac and Rebecca endure twenty childless years, until their prayers are answered and Rebecca conceives. She experiences a difficult pregnancy as the "children struggle inside her"; G‑d tells her that "there are two nations in your womb," and that the younger will prevail over the elder.

Esau emerges first; Jacob is born clutching Esau's heel. Esau grows up to be "a cunning hunter, a man of the field"; Jacob is "a wholesome man," a dweller in the tents of learning. Isaac favors Esau; Rebecca loves Jacob. Returning exhausted and hungry from the hunt one day, Esau sells his birthright (his rights as the firstborn) to Jacob for a pot of red lentil stew.

In Gerar, in the land of the Philistines, Isaac presents Rebecca as his sister, out of fear that he will be killed by someone coveting her beauty. He farms the land, reopens the wells dug by his father Abraham, and digs a series of his own wells: over the first two there is strife with the Philistines, but the waters of the third well are enjoyed in tranquility.

Esau marries two Hittite women. Isaac grows old and blind, and expresses his desire to bless Esau before he dies. While Esau goes off to hunt for his father's favorite food, Rebecca dresses Jacob in Esau's clothes, covers his arms and neck with goatskins to simulate the feel of his hairier brother, prepares a similar dish, and sends Jacob to his father. Jacob receives his father's blessings for "the dew of the heaven and the fat of the land" and mastery over his brother. When Esau returns and the deception is revealed, all Isaac can do for his weeping son is to predict that he will live by his sword, and that when Jacob falters, the younger brother will forfeit his supremacy over the elder.

Jacob leaves home for Charan to flee Esau's wrath and to find a wife in the family of his mother's brother, Laban. Esau marries a third wife- Machalath, the daughter of Ishmael.