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A Word From the Rabbi

Chanukah is upon us! The menorah's tiny flame flickering in the darkness symbolizes the victory of light over darkness; that at the end of the day the good guys will win, because G‑d is on our side! To be sure, new bad guys immerge every few generations, as we read in the Haggadah. Chanukah reminds us not to be afraid, but to intensify our faith in Hashem and joy in being His people and part of the good guys. Good will prevail in the end!

Our enemy in Iran is emerging as the “new” modern day Haman and Hitler. All of us are upset beyond words by the joke of a “conference” he convened on Holocaust denial to promote his self-serving agenda of Anti-Israel (read: Anti Semitism) and Anti-West. It is so ludicrous that it would be funny if it weren't so sad. We can only imagine how Holocaust survivors feel, some of whom we have in our own community, who lived through the hell of the Holocaust and lost countless family members and friends, to sit there and watch these evil clowns parade around with their denials and other poorly veiled forms of Jew hatred and hatred of the West and

America . I personally was most hurt by the site of “Chasidic Jews” joining forces with these Nazis in their evil plots. I only hope these people are a tiny minority of extremist wachos who don't represent the opinions of many. I hope so.

In the midst of all of this confusion, Chanukah arrives just on time! To remind us that our survival as a people is miraculous today as it has always been; that the survival of our people is not dependant on any human beings because according to all laws of probability we should have been extinct long ago. We are here today, and will be here until Moshiach comes and beyond, because “ki imanu kel” – “G‑d is with us” (from the Siddur). Let us celebrate this Chanukah with even more joy and pride then ever before. Let us renew our faith and optimism in Hashem's plan, and recommit ourselves to bring our own light to the world; the light of Torah and mitzvahs, the light of goodness and kindness, which will dispel the darkness of evil and shine forth the glory of everything good and G‑dly.

I'm sure I have no need to remind you how important it is that you light your own Chanukah candles each night of Chanukah. The instructions and blessings are just a click away on this email.

Happy Chanukah!
Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P.S. I have received numerous emails regarding the story from Seattle Airport regarding the Menorah and the Trees. Just to make it clear, Rabbi Bogomilsky never intended to pull the Trees down. Yes, the Rebbe encouraged the erection of large Chanukah Menorahs in order to bolster Jewish pride and commitment. The Rebbe never encouraged the removal of Trees. Nor were the Menorahs meant to be tit-for-tat for the trees. Initially, when the trees were removes form the Seattle Airport a media frenzy ensued, blaming a Jewish Rabbi for the Trees' removal and thus fighting Christmas.

The media internationally caught on to this and was going wild with the story. Obviously this could have had terrible implications for Jews throughout this country and the world. Our Christina neighbors have been kind to us in this country, and we are not looking to jeopardize their holiday celebrations in any fashion. This would be silly, dangerous and wrong. Thank G‑d, the media tide has turned and the truth has emerged that the airport was simply passing the blame along to the Chabad rabbi in order to cover itself, rather than admit they made a tactical error in their decision to remove the Trees. The links below will fill in the blanks for those interested to learn more. In the end I believe we come out looking good. The airport is left with some mud on its face for not putting up the menorah even though the Trees were returned. Maybe they'll change their mind.

An Airport Gets Its Tree Up, but Misses an Opportunity
ADL Response to the Port of Seattle Decision to Remove Trees
On Our Site! Fight or Light? Contoversy & Irony at Seatac Airport


How To Celebrate... Laws & Customs... Blessings... How To Celebrate - Laws & Customs - Blessings

News at Chabad

Last Friday night we had our first “monthy Shabbat Dinner” and the event was fabulous. 50 People joined together for a festive Shabbat meal. Everyone had a chance to introduce themselves and say a few words of Torah or Jewish inspiration. It was really an amazing evening with L'Chayims were in abundance.

Here's a letter we received in response to Friday evening's dinner:

Dear Sara and Rabbi,
We had such a lovely night which really touched our hearts. So I felt I had to write a few words to you about it... (At Chabad) We learned how important every day of our lives is, and how we have to do whatever we can to make every day count. You have built a great shul with great families and a very special community. My husband and I enjoy Chabad like a second family and I'd just like to say: Todah Rabbah! - Aliza Cohen

Please join us for future monthly Shabbatons (Friday night dinners). Mark your calendar for these dates: 1/12, 2/2, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/8

Chanukah Events!

Main Event: Port Washington - 4PM, LIRR - Main Street.
Manhasset - 6:30PM, Park across from Town Hall. Click here for more info.


Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]
Shabbat Begins:
Dec. 15 2006
4:10 PM
Shabbat Ends:
Dec. 16 2006
5:14 PM
Parshah Vayeishev

Click here to view more photos!

Women’s Circle

During the times of Chanukah, the modern Jewish woman played Dreidel with her friends. Two thousand years later, the contemporary Jewish woman continues the tradition, only with a new twist: MAHJONG!

Tuesday, December 19th, 8PM
Chabad of Port Washington
80 Shore Road, PW NY 11050

Join us for Mahjong, Dreidel and the lighting of the 5th candle. Please reserve by calling 516-767-8672 or email Chanukah refreshments will be served.

Shul Family News

12/19/2006 Nancy Federman
12/19/2006 Adam Sandman
12/20/2006 Jacob Malekan
12/21/2006 Levi Paltiel

Our condolences to Susann and Allan Hyman on the passing of Susann's mother Rose Podell Paige, Reizel bas Ben Zion of blessed memory. May they know only simchas in the future.

Michael & Debra Samuel

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Kiddush Calendar

The Kiddush at Chabad this Shabbat is sponsored by Robert & Barbara Resnick in honor of Michael's Bar Mitzvah

If you'd like to sponsor a Kiddush at Chabad, please check our online calendar and email your date of choice to Gary Litvak directly. You may also call Maria at 767-TORAH.

Schedule of Classes

Saturday Torah Study Class
Rabbi Paltiel at 8:45 -9:30 a.m.

Sunday Torah Study Class with Rabbi Paltiel at 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

Saturday Women's Discussion Group with Dr. Chaya Glogauer after lunch

Schedule of Services

Sunday morning Tefillin Club:
9:00 - 9:15 am and 11:30 am- 12 noon

Monday - Friday at 7:00 a.m.

Friday night at 6:00 p.m.

Shabbat Morning at 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush Luncheon at noon

Daily Quote
Listen to what the Chanukah lights are telling us
— Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch

Menorah Lighting Schedule


In addition to the main event, there will be a daily Menorah lighting in Port Washington.

Friday, Dec. 15 @ 3:30PM
Saturday, Dec. 16 @ 6:30PM
Sunday, Dec. 17 (Main Event) @ 4:00PM
Mon, Dec. 18–Thurs, Dec. 21 @ 6:30PM
Friday, Dec. 22 @ 3:30PM.


Again this year, we'll have 4' decorative menorahs in Stop N' Shop, King Kullen Port, King Kullen Manhassset, and North Shore Farms. Please thank the management of these stores when you shop there and see the menorahs.

CTC - Chabad Teen Club


Saturday Night, Dec 16
See Matisyahu in concert and
go backstage to meet and hang out with the star
RSVP required

This Week on
Fight or Light?
Apparently, some reporters and news editors already "knew" that the rabbi is against the trees, and nothing—not even their own reportage—was going to change the way they present the story
Seasons of the Soul
Chanukah in a Nutshell
The history, the observances, and the inner signifincance — in 300 words and 29 links
Inner Dimensions
G‑d Playing Peek-A-Boo
If He had made the world a complete and utter mystery, we would have no path to know Him. But if all would fit together like a neat and tidy grandfather clock, we would not know that there is anything more to know...
Itche Kadoozy and the Grand Chanukah Car Chase
The action packed conclusion of the Itche Kadoozy Show Chanukah Mini-Series! Hilarity Ensues.
The Jewish Calendar
Laws and CustomsKindle One Chanukah Light before sunset
Today in Jewish HistoryCain Kills Abel (3720 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryMishkan completed (1312 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryChanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Chizkiah Medini (1904)
Laws and CustomsBless New Month
Laws and CustomsHallel & Al HaNissim
Laws and CustomsKindle 2 Lights after nightfall
Today in Jewish History2nd Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryRaavad's Passing (1198)
Laws and CustomsKindle 3 Lights tonight
Laws and CustomsChanukah Foods
Laws and CustomsDreidel
Laws and CustomsChanukah Gelt
Today in Jewish HistoryFlood rains cease (2105 BCE)
Today in Jewish History3rd Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Chaim of Tchernovitz (1817)
Laws and CustomsKindle 4 Lights tonight
Today in Jewish History4th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Laws and CustomsKindle 5 Lights tonight
Today in Jewish History5th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Today in Jewish History2nd liberation of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1800)
Laws and CustomsKindle 6 Lights tonight
Rosh Chodesh
Today in Jewish History6th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Laws and CustomsRosh Chodesh Observances
Laws and CustomsKindle 7 Lights tonight
Rosh Chodesh
Today in Jewish HistoryEsther made Queen (362 BCE)
Today in Jewish History7th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Laws and CustomsRosh Chodesh Observances
Laws and CustomsKindle 8 Lights before sunset
Today in Jewish History8th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Laws and Customs"Zot Chanukah"
Daily Thought
Two Lessons

On the first night of Chanukah all eight candle holders stand before you. But you light only one. Tomorrow night you shall light two. You know that eventually you will light all eight.

From which we learn two things:

1. Move step by step in life. Take things on at a pace you can handle.

2. Always grow. Always keep moving. If you did one good thing yesterday, do two today. Your ultimate achievement is always one step ahead.


From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman. To order Tzvi's book, "Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.

The Parshah In a Nutshell
Parshat Vayeishev

Jacob settles in Hebron with his twelve sons. His favorite is 17-year-old Joseph, whose brothers are jealous of the preferential treatment he receives from his father, such as a precious many-colored coat that Jacob makes for Joseph. Joseph relates to his brothers two dreams he has which foretell that he is destined to rule over them, increasing their envy and hatred towards him.

Shimon and Levi plot to kill him, but Reuben suggests that they throw him into a pit instead, intending to come back later and save him. While Joseph is in the pit, Judah has him sold to a band of passing Ishmaelites. The brothers dip Joseph's special coat in the blood of a goat and show it to their father, leading him to believe that his most beloved son was devoured by a wild beast.

Judah marries and has three children. The eldest, Er, dies young and childless, and his wife Tamar is given in levirate marriage to the second son, Onan. Onan sins by spilling his seed and he, too, meets an early death. Judah is reluctant to have his third son marry her. Determined to have a child from Judah's family, Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and seduces Judah himself. Judah hears that his daughter-in-law has become pregnant and orders her executed for harlotry, but when Tamar produces some personal effects he left with her as a pledge for payment, he publicly admits that he is the father. Tamar gives birth to twin sons, Peretz (an ancestor of King David) and Zerach.

Joseph is taken to Egypt and sold to Potiphar, the minister in charge of Pharaoh's slaughterhouses. G‑d blesses everything he does, and soon he is made overseer of all his master's property. Potiphar's wife desires the handsome and charismatic lad; when Joseph rejects her advances, she tells her husband that the Hebrew slave tried to force himself on her and has him thrown in prison. Joseph gains the trust and admiration of his jailers, who appoint him to a position of authority in the prison administration.

In prison, Joseph meets Pharaoh's chief butler and chief baker, both incarcerated for offending their royal master. Both have disturbing dreams, which Joseph interprets; in three days, he tells them, the butler will be released and the baker hanged. Joseph asks the butler to intercede on his behalf with Pharaoh. Joseph's predictions are fulfilled, but the butler forgets all about Joseph and does nothing for him.


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