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Kiddush by Mendoza's | Deadlines!

Dear Friends,

It is that time of year again... Thousands of women have converged on Crown Heights for the Annual International Conference of Shluchos. It is always held over the weekend closes to 22 Shevat, the Yartzeit of the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson. Our daughter Chaya Mushka went up as well to join the concurrent conference for "young shluchos" chilldren of the families out on shlichus. She was accompanied by Chanie's sister Mushkie who came to visit this week - a very special treat! So now will be Chaya Mushka's turn to experience some snow! :)

Deadlines are coming up!

JAN 31: Early Bird Deadline to register for the Intercollegiate Texas Shabbaton! $36 now. $50 then. Register at Many exciting things are planned for the event - see the updates on the facebook page (attendance at 95 and counting)! Read News Article Here

FEB 10: Appreciation Dinner Journal  Book deadline to place an ad or a greeting in honor of Chabad of Uptown and the honorees. Please RSVP and reservce your ad space at! A formal invitation will be in your mailboxes this week.

We got Shabbos rolling.... Tonight Rabbi Chaim got done the gefilte fish, green dip, olive dip, soy sauce salad dressing, matzah balls and rice. He also got lined up: chicken, briscuit and green beans topped with mushrooms /onions to put in the oven tomorrow! Chicken Soup? That will have to wait for the AM. It takes too long to cool.... :) Tossed Salad? That has got to be fresh! So will you be joining us to eat all this fantastic Shabbos food?!

Shabbos Mevarchim Adar I - Parshas Mishpatim

Friday, January 28 
Services at 6:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 5:38 pm / RSVP for dinner!

Shabbos, January 29
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am
Services at 10:00 am
    Followed by kiddush sponsored by Bernard and Marilyn Mendoza in memory and in commemoration of his father's yartzeit with the best Cholent this side of... Bernard will share a special Dvar Torah at the Kiddush and Farbrengen. Please jon us!
Mincha at 6:40 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:34 pm 

Here is a thought for this week:

If you see the donkey of your enemy collapsing under its burden, and are inclined to desist from helping him, you shall surely help along with him (23:5)

The Hebrew for "donkey," chamor, also means "material." Thus, this verse also instructs us as to the proper attitude toward the body and physicality:

"When you will see the chamor of your enemy" -- initially you will see your material self as your enemy, as something that obstructs and hinders your spiritual growth.

"Collapsing under its burden" -- in such a state of animosity between body and soul, that the body resists the Torah and its commandments, making them an unbearable burden for it...

One's first inclination may be "to desist from helping him" -- to shun the body, suppress its instincts, and deny it its wants.

Says the Torah: "you shall surely help along with him." Aid the material self with its "burden," by training it to recognize that the Torah is the vehicle for its own refinement and elevation.

(Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov)
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 See you on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

Ten commandments are in session

Dear Friends,

The dinner committee has accomplished a lot of headway on the preparation for the Appreciation Dinner with NFL player Alan Veingrad on Sunday, Feb 27. But, we need your help! Please RSVP and reserve your ad early to avoid the last minute rush! There is also an added option to sponsor a student (who can not afford the entry). You may get a call from one of our volunteers, we hope that you you can respond graciously and generously. Official invitations will be in your mailbox next week. Please let us know if you would like to join the committee as well. 

Today was Tu B'Shevat ("the 15th of Shevat") which marks the beginning of a "New Year for Trees." This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. Legally, the "New Year for Trees" relates to the various tithes that must be separated from produce grown in the Holy Land. We mark the day by eating fruit, particularly from the "Seven Kinds" that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates). On this day we remember that "Man is a tree of the field" (Deuteronomy 20:19) and reflect on the lessons we can derive from our botanical analogue. For more on Tu B'Shevat go here.

Parshas Yisro - In a Nutshell 


Moses' father-in-law, Jethro, hears of the great miracles which G-d performed for the people of Israel, and comes from Midian to the Israelite camp, bringing with him Moses' wife and two sons. Jethro advises Moses to appoint a hierarchy of magistrates and judges to assist him in the task of governing and administrating justice to the people.

The Children of Israel camp opposite Mount Sinai, where they are told that G-d has chosen them to be His "kingdom of priests" and "holy nation." The people respond by proclaiming, "All that G-d has spoken, we shall do."

On the sixth day of the third month (Sivan), seven weeks after the Exodus, the entire nation of Israel assembles at the foot of Mount Sinai. G-d descends on the mountain amidst thunder, lightning, billows of smoke and the blast of the shofar, and summons Moses to ascend.

G-d proclaims the Ten Commandments, commanding the people of Israel to believe in G-d, not to worship idols or take G-d's name in vain, to keep the Shabbat, honor their parents, and not to murder, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness or covet another's property. The people cry out to Moses that the revelation is too intense for them to bear, begging him to receive the Torah from G-d and convey it to them.

Shabbos Parshas Yisro - Ten Commandments

Friday, January 21
Services at 6:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 5:32 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, January 22
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9:00 am
Services at 10:00 am with Torah Reading of the Ten Commandments
    Followed by kiddush with best cholent...
Mincha Services  at 5:35 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:28 pm
Living Torah Video

Looking forward to seeing you on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie



A Unity Shabbos

Dear Friends,

Mazel tov to Sigal Melnik and to her parents Moshe & Guitel Melnik upon her upcoming Bat Mitzvah celebration!

Mazel tov to Avi & Lilly Zoldhelyi and their parents Karen Scheinbaum and Pierre Zoldhelyi upon their upcoming Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebration! 

Monday Hebrew reading course with Matt Trusch has begun this past week, but, it is not too late to join! Please RSVP by replying to this email.  This course is being given in memory of Rabbi Menachem Mendel ben Yisrael Hakohen.

The Tanya course has also been an exceptional journey, every Thursday at noon. JOIN US!

Feb 18-20 will be the third Annual Intercollegiate Texas Shabbaton hosted at the Chabad House at Texas A&M in College Station. Previous years have attracted over 150 students from around Texas! All students are welcome to join. More information is at

Sunday, February 27 will be our benefit dinner. Please RSVP early at

This Shabbos we are joining tens of thousands of Jews from all across the globe who will join together to eat, drink, and celebrate a Shabbat dedicated to the future Redemption... everyone is invited!  Our Sages teachus that Shabbat is a Taste of the World to Come: "In that time there will be no hunger or war, no jealousy or rivalry. For the good will be plentiful, and all delicacies available as dust. The entire occupation of the world will be only to know G-d." So do the prophets and sages of Israel describe the Age of Redemption -- the "seventh millennium" that will constitute the realization and fulfillment of six millennia of human history and endeavor to make this world a "home for G-d." Shabbat is our weekly taste of this future world. More at

This Shabbos also marks 60 years since the 10th of Shevat 5711 (1951) when the Rebbe officially assumed the mantle of leadership of the Chabad Lubavitch movement. A special farbrengen will be held to commemorate this day.

This Shabbos is also called the "Shabbos of Song", since this week's Torah reading contains the "song at the sea" sung by the Children of Israel upon their deliverance from the Egyptians, when the Red Sea split to allow them to pass and then drowned their pursuers. Hence this Shabbat is designated as Shabbat Shirah, "Shabbat of song." Our sages tell us that the birds in the sky joined our ancestors in their singing; for this reason it is customary to put out food for the birds for this Shabbat (to avoid the possibility of transgressing the laws of Shabbat, the food should be put out before Shabbat).

Shabbos Parshas Beshalach - Shabbos Shirah & Yud Shevat

Friday, January 14
Services at 6:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 5:26 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, January 15
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9:00 am
Services at 10:00 am with Torah Reading of the Song at the Sea.
    Followed by kiddush with best cholent and customary Kasha
Mincha Services  at 5:30 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:22 pm
Living Torah Video

Looking forward to seeing you on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

P.S. Chanie is, Baruch Hashem, doing much better. Thank you all for your concern and good wishes.

P.P.S. Join the revolution at the Appreciation Dinner with Football Player Alan Veingrad, Sunday, Feb. 27!

 Oh yeah, and check out my blog at

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie
Chabad of Uptown
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Hectic Week...

Dear Friends,

A hectic week is behind us ushering in the first week of the new calendar year. Planning for the dinner is in full swing! You can get involved and it is not too early to reserve your ad space and seats at!

The is week also landed Chanie  in the hospital with an allergy / athsma flare up.... BH she is doing a little better and hopefully she will come home soon. Please say a prayer for Chana bas Shifra, give tzedaka or / and do a mitzvah / act of kindness (i.e. light Shabbos candles) in her honor.

Rabbi Chaim has cooked up a storm and WILL be there for Shabbos and would love for you to join him!

The schedule for Shabbos Parshas Bo:

Friday, January 7
Services at 6:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 5:20 pm

Shabbos, January 8
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9 am
Services at 10 am
    Followed by Kiddush with the best cholent...
Mincha at 5:20 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:17  pm
Living Torah

Have a great Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 


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