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Course on Israel!

Dear Friends,

 

  • Shabbat Parshat Vayeira: Friday, October 26: 6:30 pm "User-Friendly" Services Followed by Shabbat Dinner. Candle Lighting at 6:23 pm
    Saturday, October 27: 10:00 am Shacharit Services Followed by Buffet Kiddush with the "Best Cholent this side of the Mississippi" Sponsored by Rozita & Albert Gaon in Honor of Rabbi Chaim & Chanie
                                       
    6:30 pm Mincha, Informal Torah Study. Maariv & Havdalla at 7:16 pm.
    Future Shabbaton Dates: Nov. 9-10, Nov. 23-24, Dec. 7-8 (Chanukah & Bowling) Dec. 21-22
  • Finding Purpose: The Book of Genesis. Classes are held on Thursdays Lunch: 12-1:15pm RSVP; Evenings 8-9pm RSVP!
    Tommorow’s class: Vayeira: The Holiest Spot on Earth
    The Akeda, the binding of Yitzchak, was a defining moment in Jewish time, and the Beis HaMikdash, the Holy Temple, was the most significant structure in Jewish space. What is the connection between the two? In this lesson we examine the spiritual significance of Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, the location of both the Beis HaMikdash and the Akeda.
  • NEXT WEEK: Upcoming JLI course: The Land and the Spirit: Why We All Care about Israel at Chabad of Uptown with Rabbi Moishe Traxler. 6 Tuesdays beginning Oct 30th - Dec 4th 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Course fee: $99.00. Also to be held Chabad TMC and in SW Houston Class is free for students under 30!
  • SAVE THE DATES: The JLI course will conclude with a Mission to Israel in March 23-31! Although it is encouraged, you do not need to take the course to join the trip. Please join Chanie & I on this special solidarity trip! Let me know if you have interest in going. More details to follow
  • Chanukah will have many celebrations, Chabad of Uptown will be hosting a Saturday Night, Chanukah Bowl at Bunker Hill Lanes! Dec. 8, Fifth Light of Chanukah! Click here for more and watch your mailboxes!

 

In other news ….

 

  • Our High Holidays Chazzan, Daniel Gavin will be getting married next week to Chanie Fishman, Mazel Tov!

§         Chanie & I went to visit the bowling alley to arrange the Chanukah party. At a whim, I tried my luck and asked if they possibly have some damaged bowling pins – maybe nine? He looks at us and says, ”you know what, I think we do”. Sure enough one of the workers comes out with a box of bowling pins and says sorry this is all we have, I think there is only eight. I count it over and walla! There is nine! It will make a beautiful menorah! Come help us light it our Bowling Pin Menorah!

 

See you in Shul!

 

 

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

NOACH: Hit the road, Jack!

Hit the road, Jack! - It is nice to be back to the real world following all the holidays.

It is a custom among Chassidim to announce at this time of year after Simchat Torah, "V'Yaakov halach l'darko" - "and Jacob went on his way." Following the excitement, tumult, hustle and bustle of the holidays, “Jacob”, the Jewish people, go back on their regular path, to their normal, everyday, lives.

However, more reflective, after the holidays are over, Jacob goes on "His way" - in the ways of G-d, studying Torah and performing mitzvot (commandments). We have completed, for the time being, the more spiritual days of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah.

But, we shouldn't think that with the holidays over, our religious observance must be placed on hold until the next Jewish holiday appears on the calendar.

Indeed, we can bring the spirituality of those days, the concentrated observance of mitzvot, into our mundane lives every single day of the year!

So… Hit the road, Jack!

Rabbi Chaim
ChabadTexas.org Editor

New Friday times / See y'all for the Big Flood

Dear Friends,

Hit the road, Jack! - It is nice to be back to the real world following all the holidays. It is a custom among Chassidim to announce at this time of year after Simchat Torah, "V'Yaakov halach l'darko" - "and Jacob went on his way." Following the excitement, tumult, hustle and bustle of the holidays, “Jacob”, the Jewish people, go back on their regular path, to their normal, everyday, lives. However, more reflective, after the holidays are over, Jacob goes on "His way" - in the ways of G-d, studying Torah and performing mitzvot (commandments). We have completed, for the time being, the more spiritual days of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah. But we shouldn't think that with the holidays over our religious observance must be placed on hold until the next Jewish holiday appears on the calendar. Indeed, we can bring the spirituality of those days, the concentrated observance of mitzvot, into our mundane lives every single day of the year! So… Hit the road, Jack!

  • Shabbat Parshat Noach – The Big Flood:
    Friday, October 12: 6:30 pm "User-Friendly" Services Followed by Shabbat Dinner. Candle Lighting at 6:37 pm
    Saturday, October 13: 10:00 am Shacharit Services Followed by Buffet Kiddush with the "Best Cholent this side of the Mississippi"
    6:45 pm Mincha, Informal Torah Study. Maariv & Havdalla at 7:30 pm.
  • Finding Purpose: The Book of Genesis. Classes are held on Thursdays Lunch: 12-1:15pm RSVP; Evenings 8-9pm RSVP!
    Tommorow’s class: Noach: Envisioning a New World
    Responding to the consistently destructive choices that a barbaric mankind was making, G-d decided to begin anew. But He did not recreate the world, nor did He take away mankind’s ability to choose between good and evil behavior. Instead, G-d chose to remove all of the evil from the planet. We will see why G-d did not do so instantly, but instead covered the world with water for 40 days. We will see how both the purifying waters of the Flood, and the experiences of man and beast while living in Noach’s Ark fundamentally altered the nature of Creation, brought the world to a new state of spiritual potential, and gave it a new purpose. Earth would now be a place where it would be possible to find G-dliness in physicality itself.
  • Upcoming JLI course: The Land and the Spirit: Why We All Care about Israel at Chabad of Uptown with Rabbi Moishe Traxler. 6 Tuesdays beginning Oct 30th - Dec 4th 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Course fee: $99.00. Also to be held Chabad TMC and in SW Houston
  • SAVE THE DATES: The JLI course will conclude with a Mission to Israel in March 23-31! Although it is encouraged, you do not need to take the course to join the trip. Please join Chanie & I on this special solidarity trip! Let me know if you have interest in going. More details to follow…. 

In other news ….

  • The Uptown Sukkah – the one and only Sukkah on San Felipe was taken down today in a quiet sign language ceremony of myself with two Spanish speaking men.
  • Simchat Torah – Oh boy! I think this year’s celebrations topped all others. If you were not there, you have never seen a celebration in your life!
  • We have unveiled a few cool sections to our website:
    Parsha Songs: Did you grow up listening to the 613 Torah Avenue tapes (or even records)? Whether you did or did not, we are sure you will enjoy hearing the classic songs from this series, now available on our site in a section called "Parshah Songs". The Parshah song is also easily available from the Family Parsha section too. Every week you can now listen to the week's song, along with all other Parsha resources for your familiy, all in one place!
  • Noah's Ark: A new feature in our ChabadTexas.org Kids Zone was unveiled this week too. This section explores the animal world providing fun and interesting facts with a Jewish angle. Complete with photo slideshows, sound bites, video clips, fun facts and more, parents and teachers will love sharing this resource with their children and students. Children will love this new Jewish perspective on the animal world and will take pride in their rich heritage as they explore each specie. This feature will also be promoted from our ChabadTexas.org Kids Home Page.
  • "Kaddish Guide". This new section is for the person that needs to say Kaddish after the passing of a loved one, and needs that extra help and insight. The highlight of the section the Kaddish Trainer, a tutor-style tool that will read the kaddish to you, as you follow along. It's really cool -- check it out. Additionally, there is a section covering the basics, the meaning of kaddish, stories, and of course audio/video
  • Kabbalatoons: Give us one minute, we'll give you cosmic consciousness Rabbi Infinity, "your favorite kabbalist," provides mystic insights and spiritual guidance for enlightened life in the fast lane. From his hi-tech KabalaLab, with the help of his amazing Isification Device, he demonstrates how a laser gun, a needle & thread, a chair, a paper airplane and all sorts of other common objects can reveal to us the secret wisdom of the universe and the pathways to sublime meaningful life--all in the time of a standard tv commercial. Watch all six episodes and check back!

See you in Shul!

R
abbi Chaim & Chanie

NEW course begins tomorrow & Simchat Torah

Dear Friends, 

 Lovely to see all of you for a most inspiring Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur & Sukkot experience in Uptown! Almost 200 people packed the house for Yom Kippur at the Hilton Hotel and somehow our 38 seater 12'x24' sukkah miraculously expanded and seated 45! Mazel tov to Hava & Leah Schultz - Shobbos Kiddush was in their honor! Full blog maybe to come when things die down, but for now I just want to drop the following reminders  - Rabbi Chaim  

  • NEW SERIES: Finding Purpose: The Book of Genesis. First class to be held tomorrow on Tues., Oct. 2 in observance of Shemini Atzeret. Subsequent classes to be held on Thursdays beginning Oct. 11th
    Lunch: 12-1:15pm
    RSVP; Evenings 8-9pm RSVP!
  • Uptown Sukkah – the one and only Sukkah on San Felipe  is open for all to use. Stop by and make a brocho!
  • Simchat Torah – Everyone is welcome to join Chanie and I for Simchat Torah at Chabad Lubavitch Center on Fondren Rd (schedule here), we will be back for Shabbat Parshat Noach Oct. 12-13.  
    The main Hakafot and celebration will be on Thurs. evening, Oct. 4 beginning at 8pm!
  • Mommy & Me  (new time: 12-1pm) dates for fall have been set to Six Wednesdays Oct. 17-Nov. 21. 3mos.-2yrs. Join us for your lunch break and/or spread the word!  RSVP here!
  • Upcoming JLI course: The Land and the Spirit: Why We All Care about Israel at Chabad of Uptown with Rabbi Moishe Traxler. 6 Tuesdays beginning Oct 30th - Dec 4th 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Course fee: $99.00. Also to be held Chabad TMC and in SW Houston

Selections from the mailbag …. 

  • Hi Rabbi, Thank you for some very inspiring services over the holidays. I was glad that I could share a few hours of those services with you.
  • Rabbi, I can't begin to tell you how uplifting our High Holy Days were this year, with your guidance. Your sermons were the sermons we never want to end...the sermons we talk about on our way home..the sermons our teen boys talk about amongst their friends. They make us think about how WE think about things and can actually alter/change the way we have thought about something for so long. Hopefully in the future we will be able to come to more services at Chabad Uptown. What an amazing site...to see so many extra chairs brought out on Shabbos/Kol Nidre! The Chazan was so great also.
  • Dear Rabbi Chaim and Chanie, Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the High Holiday Services.  I was especially moved by the N'ila service last night.  I was very moved by the entire service and when the congregation sang the last line of the last Kaddish I got chills up my spine.  It was a very moving moment for me.  Wishing you and the family a very happy and healthy New Year and a fun filled Sukkot. 
  • We had a very "moving" experience during these high holidays.  We want you to know that your humor and stories uplifted our spirits and made this fast the easiest yet.  We were very moved spiritually.  Thank you for being our support, and making Shul have the comfort and love like home. 
  • We thoroughly enjoyed Rosh Hashonah.  I was especially touched by all of the concern and help everyone gave us.  For the second day friends invited us to join them at Brith Shalom, so we did so.  I know [..] will be pleased to know that we attended Chabad services.  As were we.  Best wishes for the New Year.  
  • I wanted to take the time to tell you that I was very moved by your sermons, especially the one about Joshua Bell and the values of our society. I am an amateur classical pianist and so all of the symbolism about the music really spoke to me (I am at times not very articulate, so it is difficult for me to put into words what you expressed so eloquently.) L'shanah Tovah to you and your family.
  • Dear Rabbi Chaim, Your service for Rosh Hashanah was wonderful.  [..] and I were discussing the service and we both had the feeling that you were speaking directly to each of us.  It is very special when you feel the words spoken are meant especially for you.  [..] also mentioned that she attended services on Friday and came away with the same uplifted feeling.  Kudos for you and keep up the great work. A very personal thank you for making me feel so welcomed. My very best wishes to you for a healthy and prosperous new year.

 See you Simchat Torah!

Rabbi Chaim

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