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A Word From the Rabbi

Purim is upon us! It comes just once a year; a day to celebrate the miraculous survival of our people, “in those days, at this time”. Purim shouts out loud and clear: Am Yisroel Chai! Regardless of what enemies arise against us Hashem is with us, his beloved people.

This is cause for celebration. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity of celebrating and thanking Hashem for His kindness and love towards us. Join one or more of the Purim celebrations, and do your best to follow the customs of the day: 1: Hear the Megillah once at night and then again during the day; 2: Give gifts of food to a friend; 3: Gifts to the Poor (charity); 4: Partake in a Purim Feast. If you’re brave enough, come in costume – adults too. Why not? It’s Purim!

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Shalom M Paltiel

Hear ye! Hear ye! All are invited to join for a grand Purim Bash on Purim eve, March 3! Megillah Reading at 7:00 PM followed by refreshments and L'Chayim - open bar! Grand PURIM PUPPET SHOW for the kids by the Small Wonder Puppet Theater and an exciting constume contest. No charge. Bring the entire family!

March 4 - Purim Day
Megillah Readings:
Purim services and Megillah reading 9:00 AM • Additional Megillah readings at 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM

P U R I M A N I A !! Purim @ Hebrew School is going to be extra special this year: -Kids Entertainer -Shalach Manot Exchange -Megillah Reading
-Costume Contest and more, all beginning at 11 am!

It's a CTC Purim!
This year CTC will once again distribute Shalach Manot (Purim Food Baskets) and read the Megillah at the Sands Point Nursing Home.Meet 1:30 @ Chabad to pack the baskets then we'll take the Chabad bus to the Nursing Home @ 2:30. Pick up @ 3:30 from the Nursing Home. Saturday night March 3rd come to Chabad at
7:00 pm for the first Megillah reading & Purim fun!! Be sure to come in costume for a fabulous night of fun & celebration!


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Upcoming Events

Mah Jongg for Women - March 13
Chabad Women’s Circle invites you to another evening of Mahjong—the fourth of a series! Gather together for a thrilling social evening at Chabad, 7:30 pm. RSVP by emailing [email protected].

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.

We’re pleased to announce the dates for our second Torah Studies Series! Men and women are encouraged to join us for this 7-week course on the book of Leviticus beginning Sunday, March 24th, 10:00—11:20 am at Chabad. The course fee is $35 and includes the textbook. (Individual class $8 plus $10 textbook fee. If you’re Jewish and you like a bargain, you might as well sign up for the whole series!) Sign up by calling Maria at 516-767-TORAH or register online - coming soon, we'll send the link next week. Find out how the book of Leviticus is relevant to your daily life—in seven Sunday classes, the “Bonding” series extracts essential lessons that will change the way you look at leadership, liberty, livelihood, law, giving and personal growth.

Save the Date!
Chabad's Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, June 7th 2007.

Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]
Shabbat Begins:
Mar. 02, 2007
5:28 PM
Shabbat Ends:
Mar. 03, 2007
6:28 PM
Parshah Tetzaveh
Shul Family News

To Rabbi Wilschanski and his wife Baily on the birth of a baby boy, Menachem Mendel!

Mazel Tov to Michael and Debra Samuel of Miami, FL on the birth of their first grandson, Baruch Yehuda.

3/2 Mia Crowley
3/2 Thea Farhadian
3/4 Judith Malekan
3/4 Eran Vaknin

3/2 Benjamin Bieber
father of Ronald Bieber

Kiddush Calendar

The Kiddush at Chabad this week is sponsored by anonymous.

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.

Upcoming Events
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 - 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Bat Mitvah Club Meeting
Mar. 13, 2007 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Monthly Shabbat Dinner for the Community!
Mar. 16, 2007 - 6:00 PM

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

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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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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 Tetzaveh

G‑d tells Moses to receive from the Children of Israel pure olive oil to feed the "everlasting flame" of the menorah, which Aaron is to kindle each day, "from evening till morning."

The priestly garments, to be worn by the  Kohanim (priests) while serving in the Sanctuary are described. All Kohanim wore: 1) the ketonet — a full length linen tunic; 2) michnasayim — linen breeches; 3) mitznefet or migba'at — a linen turban;  4) avnet — a long sash wound above the waist.

In addition, the Kohen Gadol ("high priest") wore: 5) the efod, an apron-like garment made of blue, purple and red-dyed wool, linen and gold thread; 6) the choshen, a breastplate containing  twelve precious stones inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; 7) me'il — a cloak of blue wool, with gold bells and decorative pomegranates on its hem; 8) the tzitz — a golden plate worn on the forehead bearing the inscription "Holy to G‑d".

Tetzaveh also includes G‑d's detailed instructions for the seven-day initiation of Aaron and his four sons — Nadav, Avihu, Elazar and Itamar — into the priesthood, and for the making of the Golden Altar on which the ketoret ("incense") was burned.

This being the Shabbat before Purim, on which we celebrate the foiling of Haman the Amalekite's plot to destroy the Jewish people, the weekly Parshah is supplemented with the Zachor reading (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) in which we are commanded to remember the evil of Amalek and to eradicate it from the face of the earth.


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