Chabad of Port Washington
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A Word From the Rabbi

I am very happy to announce that we have succeeded, at long last, to correct a difficult leak in our Mikvah which was the result of high tide in Manhasset Bay. This problem set us back six months in being able to open the Mikvah. Thanks to the hard work of our team and experts in the field, the problem was solved properly and fairly easily.

Our contractor informed me that we should be only weeks away from opening our doors to the public with the most beautiful MIKVAH imaginable. In conjunction with the landmark event of opening the first Mikvah ever in Port Washington (!) we plan a grand ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this occasion. In addition, we plan to offer a series of adult education opportunities on the mitzvah of Mikvah and how it enhances marriage and the Jewish home. Stay tuned!

My heart is overwhelmed with thanks to my dear friend, president of Chabad of Port Washington, Mr. Adam Katz for his limitless generosity in building what will arguably be one of the most beautiful Mikvahs ever built!

Mazel Tov to all of us!

On a different note, this Shabbat is special being that it is Parshat Shekalim, when a special additional Torah reading takes place related to the half Shekels each Jew would give to the Holy Temple. This is the first of four “special portions” that are read – in addition to the regular weekly Torah readings – between now and Passover. If you would like to choose a few special Shabbat’s during which to attend Shul, these four would be a great place to start. We also bless the new month of Adar, the month of Joy, on this Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel


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News at Chabad

Bagel Update:
The Sunday morning Bagel table is such a hit we had to add another couple dozen bagels to the order.

CTC News: Ski Trip & Shabbaton
Lucky CTC Teens will enjoy an awesome experience this weekend! It starts wtih a road trip to Simsbury Connecticut for a special Shabbat at Chabad of Simsbury. They'll hang out with Rabbi & Rebbetzin Samules and enjoy timely teen discussions and a whole lot more! Following Shabbat, the CTC crowd is off to night bowling & swim! Yes you read right, swim!! And then for a classic winter sport on Sunday morning, the trip concludes with a day of skiing at Mohawk Ski Resort!!! We'll share photos with you on our website next week!

C.A.S.H. News!
We are proud to announce the appointment of Rabbi Yankel Wilschansky for the coming school year at C.A.S.H. who will serve as Director of Judaic Studies and will work with our new Head Master Robyn Mandor on continuing the excellent education being offered at C.A.S.H. Rabbi Wilschansky has been teaching the Talmud classes this year and has quickly become very beloved amongst the entire staff and student body. He possesses lots of talent and educational know-how, coupled with an amazingly warm, outgoing personality which makes everyone around him feel comfortable and happy. Mazel Tov C.A.S.H. and Chabad of Port Washington for this new appointment.

Upcoming Events

Purim (small)March 3 - Megillah Reading
Purim is quickly approaching and here at Chabad we're in full gear! The first of our festiviites begins 7:00 PM on Purim night -join us for Megillah reading followed by refreshments and L'Chayim. And of course, we have great entertainment for the kids: GRAND PURIM PUPPET SHOW by the Small Wonder Puppet Theater, along with an exciting constume contest for the children. No charge.

March 4 - Purim Day Megillah Readings
Purim services and Megillah reading 9:00 AM • Additional Megillah readings at 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM

Mah Jongg for Women
Save the date for the next Mah Jongg session for women: March 13th - 7:30 pm at Chabad.

On the weekend of March 16/17, we will have a special Guest speaker at Chabad, Dr. Yisroel Susskind, PhD. Join us for Shabbat Dinner and a talk on “Connecting with our Spouses and our Souls; Wisdom from King Solomon's Aishet Chayil (Woman of Valor poem). Fee for dinner & talk: $25 adults; $10 children 12 & under. SCHEDULE: Friday evening: 6:00pm services; 6:30 dinner followed by talk (children's program provided during talk). Shabbat morning: 9:30am services; Sermon by Dr. Susskind at 11:00am; Lunch @ noon followed by an informal discussion (farbrengen). No charge for Shabbat morning program but please do RSVP - click here to RSVP for either one or both.

Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]
Shabbat Begins:
Feb. 16, 2007
5:12 PM
Shabbat Ends:
Feb. 17, 2007
6:13 PM
Parshah Mishpatim
Shul Family News

2/20/2007 Evan Beatus
2/22/2007 Stella Aghravi

2/19 Leila Waxman
mother of Bart Waxman
2/20 Bella Charney
mother of Ted Charney

Kiddush Calendar

The Kiddush is sponsored by Yossi and Aliza Cohen. Yossi will read the haftorah.

Consider sponsoring a future Kiddush at Chabad. Please email [email protected] to book your date. This is a beautiful, meaningful way to celebrate a special occasion or commerate a date on your family calendar.

Special Announcement

F A P I T Z ' D
Join us for this Grand Opening Event! Sunday, February 25
11am-6pm ~ 10% of All Proceeds for the day will be donated to
Chabad of Port Washington

950 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY • 516-334-2770

Showcasing The Latest In
European Designer Accessories
and Ready-To-Wear in SoHo Style

Owners of this fabulous new shop: Jonathan & Maurice Mandelbaum, Members and Supporters of our Chabad
(2006 Dinner Honorees)

Upcoming Events
Torah Studies Series: Birth [Exodus]
Feb. 18, 2007 - 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Torah Studies Series: Birth [Exodus]
Feb. 25, 2007 - 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Megillah Reading & Purim Bash
Mar. 03, 2007 - 7:00 PM
Refreshments and L'Chayim! Purim puppet show for the children by the Small Wonder Puppet Theatre. No charge.

Megillah Reading
Mar. 04, 2007 - 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Torah Studies Series: Birth [Exodus]
Mar. 04, 2007 - 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Megillah Reading
Mar. 04, 2007 - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Megillah Reading
Mar. 04, 2007 - 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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Schedule of Services

Sunday morning Tefillin Club:
11:30 am- 12 noon in the Chabad Library

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

Schedule of Classes


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

Sunday Torah Study Class
with Rabbi Paltiel
10:00 -11:20 a.m.

Daily Tanya Class
with Rabbi Weinberg
Following prayer services;10-minute
class every weekday morning

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Daily Thought
Vertical Orientations

Spiritual thoughts are nice, but they have a tendency to evade practicalities. Like butterflies slipping through reality's net, like birds drawn upward in flight.

A thought of Torah, however, waits above your head like a reservoir of living waters. As ethereal as it may be, it needs only a small opening to burst and pour down into your life.


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 Mishpatim

Following the revelation at Sinai, G‑d legislates a series of laws for the people of Israel. These include the laws of the indentured servant; the penalties for murder, kidnapping, assault, and theft; civil laws pertaining to redress of damages, the granting of loans, and the responsibilities of the "Four Guardians"; and the rules governing the conduct of justice by courts of law.

Also included are laws warning against mistreatment of foreigners; the observance of the seasonal festivals, and the agricultural gifts that are to be brought to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem; the prohibition against cooking meat with milk; and the mitzvah of prayer. Altogether, the Parshah of Mishpatim contains fifty-three mitzvot — 23 imperative commandments and 30 prohibitions.

G‑d promises to bring the people of Israel to the Holy Land, and warns them against assuming the pagan ways of its current inhabitants.

The people of Israel proclaim, "We will do and we will hear all that G‑d commands us." Leaving Aaron and Hur in charge in the Israelite camp, Moses ascends Mount Sinai and remains there for forty days and forty nights to receive the Torah from G‑d.

This week's Torah reading also includes Parshat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16), which speaks of the half-shekel each Jew contributed to the Sanctuary.


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