Chabad of Port Washington
Chabad of Port Washington
  Email: [email protected]  Voice: 516-767-8672
Coffee & Parsha
Sundays 10am-11am; Monday - Friday 7:45am-8:15am in Chabad's Library - All welcome

A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

So many words have been uttered regarding the horrific events in Newtown. And yet, words truly do fall short of expressing our anguish and anger. There simply are no words to express the depths of this tragedy.

Instead of sharing my own perspective, I thought it might be prudent to pass on the words of a woman who knows anguish first hand. The Chabad Rebbetzin of Stamford, CT, Mrs. Vivi Deren, is a bereaved mother herself. Now, in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, she is being called upon to offer some degree of comfort to the grieving families. I found Vivi's words to be moving and comforting. I hope you will as well.


Here are some key quotes:

>>> We were being asked to help because as bereaved parents ourselves, several times over, perhaps we had something more to offer — if only to be evidence that it is possible to breathe after the breath has literally been knocked out of you.

>>> I found myself listening to a broken-hearted mother describing her little boy, Noah, one of the first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown who was the youngest of the victims in the shootings last Friday.

>>> Noah loved rainbows, his mother is telling someone. Rainbows! The sign of G‑d's promise never, ever to bring a flood on the whole world again. A symbol of healing, promise, and optimism.

>>> Late in the afternoon it hit me: We need a flood! Not, G‑d forbid, a destructive flood — we've had more than enough of that. What we need is a good flood — a flood of kindness, of caring, of compassion, of goodness, of warmth, of benevolence, of support, of reaching out.

>>> Every single one of us has to know that we can make a difference, and we need to put serious thought to how we can best do that.

>>> It's time for the rest of us to make sure that G‑d's home is right here on earth; to make sure that we, all of us together, bring Heaven down to Earth.

>>> Newtown will then forever be known as the place where light triumphed over darkness, the place where the healing of our aching world finally began for real.

Please join me on Shabbat morning as we dedicate the service to the children at Newtown, and pray for their families, their community - and our world - to find peace. Services begin 9:30am. Sermon 11AM. Kiddush at noon. I hope you can join me. I'm gonna need all the help I can get on this one...

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

Schedule of Services for upcoming week
Friday Evening: At Candle Lighting (this week 4:12 PM)
Shabbat Morning: 9:30 AM

Sunday Morning: 9 AM*
Torah Study Class: 10AM - 11AM All welcome, no rsvp needed

Weekday Morning Services
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 7 AM - followed by Coffee & Parsha
Tuesday morning: 9 AM

*NOTE: This Sunday, the tenth of Tevet, is a fast day commemorating the beginning of the process of the destruction of the Holy Temple. Click here for more information on the significance of the day. The fast is an important one. It is also very short... It begins at 5:33am Sunday morning, and ends at 5:07pm Sunday night. Synagogue services on Sunday morning include a special Torah reading and "selichot" lamentations in honor of the day.

Photos of the Week

Donate CarAbove: President Obama at Newtown High School with Rabbi Yisrael Deren, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Western and Southern New England (left) and Rabbi Sholom Deitsch, director of Chabad of Ridgefield, Conn (right).

Left: Rabbi Yisrael Deren, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Western and Southern New England, putting on tefillin with Noah Pozner's dad.
Click to watch

Why Do People Suffer?

There are certain questions that may be better left unanswered? A brief thought about why we shouldn't try to understand human suffering.

Click here to watch a 4-minute clip.

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Calendar of Events


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Question of the Week
Question of the week
Can You Stop Kvetching Already?
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: I have nothing against circumcision. It is an ancient tradition and I will keep it for my children. But I do have an issue with the bagels and lox afterwards. The kid is in pain, we just did a surgical procedure, and then we all eat. Isn't that a little incongruous? We don't eat bagels after operating on an ingrown toenail, so why after a Bris?



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, Dec 21
4:12 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Dec 22
5:17 pm
Torah Portion: Vayigash

Kiddush Calendar

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Community News

Congratulations to Nina Ruben on her graduation with honors from Binghamton University!

Mazel tov to the proud parents Tami and Glen (and sister Sydney)

Ruben Family


Irina Kessler 12/21
Robert Kessler 12/25
Levi Paltiel 12/21
Alexandra Sater 12/23

Orly Sherman 12/26

Karen Salzbank 12/27


Long standing board member and generous supporter of our chabad
Michael & Deborah Samuel 12/21

Mrs. Charney 12/23

Esther Eskanazy, (Esther bas Moshe) 12/27/2012 | Tevet 14, 5773
observed by

Al Eskanazy

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


Daily Thought
Laser Power

Laser Power People have the wrong idea about restrictions: They imagine that if you restrict what you eat and what you do not, when you work and when you meditate and pray, what you wear, where you go-all these restrictions will suffocate any sense of inspiration.

The truth is, without any restrictions your inspiration will quickly dissipate. Focus your light like a laser into an intense, powerful beam, and it will last.

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM

Friday Evening: At Candle Lighting

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


Talon Air

This Week @
Choice and Change
Judah-more than anyone else in the Torah-changes.
Sandy Hook Horror
Driving Home from Newtown
We were asked to help because as bereaved parents ourselves, several times over, perhaps we had something more to offer . . .
How Old Are You?
Pharaoh meets Jacob and asks him how old he is. What is the meaning of his question?
On the Calendar
5 Tevet: A House Full of Torah Books
Your home is defined by its contents. Aside from those who live there, the most significant items are the Torah books lining the shelves and scattered about.
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
President Obama Comforts Newtown Victims' Families
President's remarks are called stirring and heartfelt
Grief and Mourning Begins for Victims of School Shooting
A long period of comfort and counseling will be needed.
Muscovites Dance in the Snow to Chanukah Music

The Jewish community of Moscow braved the cold and trekked in the snow to celebrate at the lighting of the Chanuka menorah erected by Chabad-Lubavitch of Moscow outside the Kremlin.

Menorahs and Festivities Around the World
This Chanukah more than 15,000 menorahs have been erected by Chabad-Lubavitch in public places around the world, bringing their light to millions. Whether seen in person, viewed on televised broadcasts...
The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Tevet 8 | December 21
Today in Jewish HistoryTorah translated into Greek (246 BCE)
  Shabbat Tevet 9 | December 22
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Ezra (313 BCE)
  Sunday Tevet 10 | December 23
Fast of Tevet 10
Today in Jewish HistorySiege of Jerusalem (425 BCE)
Laws and CustomsFast Day
  Monday Tevet 11 | December 24
Today in Jewish HistoryJews expelled from Austria (1668)
  Tuesday Tevet 12 | December 25
  Wednesday Tevet 13 | December 26

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Vayigash
Judah approaches Joseph to plead for the release of Benjamin, offering himself as a slave to the Egyptian ruler in Benjamin's stead. Upon witnessing his brothers' loyalty to one another, Joseph reveals his identity to them. "I am Joseph," he declares. "Is my father still alive?"

The brothers are overcome by shame and remorse, but Joseph comforts them. "It was not you who sent me here," he says to them, "but G‑d. It has all been ordained from Above to save us, and the entire region, from famine."

The brothers rush back to Canaan with the news. Jacob comes to Egypt with his sons and their families- seventy souls in all-and is reunited with his beloved son after 22 years. On his way to Egypt he receives the divine promise: " Fear not to go down to Egypt; for I will there make of you a great nation. I will go down with you into Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again."

Joseph gathers the wealth of Egypt by selling food and seed during the famine. Pharaoh gives Jacob's family the fertile county of Goshen to settle, and the children of Israel prosper in their Egyptian exile.