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Life Story of a Holocaust Survivor, Kiddush for Baby Bluma

The final days of Pesach were peaceful and meaningful with a nice showing for Yizkor and an uplifting culmination with the Moshiach Seudah.

Chanie's family has returned home, and we already miss them dearly.

Our popular Chabad of Uptown yarmulka was up for reorder and the new batch came just in time for Pesach. See our new video promo for our new and improved Chabad of Uptown Yarmulka, The Uptown Lid here.

 

 This Wednesday, May 4 at 8:30 pm we will have very special event for Chabad's Young Adults & Professionals, Beyond Never Again, an evening with Holocaust Survivor Lisa Struesand at Eric Barvin's House. More details are on Facebook here

In keeping with Jewish tradition, we will host a special kiddush for the new Baby Bluma this Shabbos, after morning services. Please let us know if you intend on joining us so we can plan accordingly.

This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim ("the Shabbat that blesses" the new month): a special prayer is recited blessing the Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") of upcoming month of Iyar, which falls on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Prior to the blessing, we announce the precise time of the molad, the "birth" of the new moon. It is a Chabad custom to recite the entire book of Psalms before morning prayers, and to conduct farbrengens (chassidic gatherings) in the course of the Shabbat. Links:  On the Significance of Shabbat Mevarchim; Tehillim (the Book of Psalms); The Farbrengen

Shabbos Mevarchim Parshas Kedoshim
Friday April 29
Services at 7:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 7:39 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner www.ChabadUptown.org/ShabbatDinner

Shabbos April 30
Shabbos Mevarchm Tehillim 8:30 am
Services at 10 am
    Followed by a Kiddush in honor of Bluma Lazaroff
Mincha at 7:45 pm
Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 1

In preparation for the festival of Shavuot, we study one of the six chapters of the Talmud's Ethics of the Fathers ("Avot") on the afternoon of each of the six Shabbatot between Passover and Shavuot; this week, being the first Shabbat after Passover, we study Chapter One. (In many communities -- and such is the Chabad custom -- the study cycle is repeated through the summer, until the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah.) Link:  Ethics of the Fathers, Chapter 1

Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 8:35 pm
Living Torah

See ya on Shabbos! 

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

 

Study all night, Yizkor, Mystical Seder - Moshiach Seudah

Just a short reminder  of what it is happening over the next few days, the final Yom Tov days of Pesach.

Service times:

  • Services and customs are similar to Shabbos.
  • Evening services tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 pm.
  • Morning services, Monday and Tuesday morning at 10 am (with Yizkor on Tuesday morning after the Torah reading).
  • Tuesday evening at 6 pm followed by Moshiach Seudah.

Here are the highlights:

  • Tonight, Sunday, we will have an all night study marathon beginning at 12 am. 
    About: It is customary to remain awake on the eve of the Seventh of Passover (i.e., tonight) and spend the entire night in Torah study and joyous celebration of the great miracle of the splitting of the sea.
  • Tuesday morning is Yizkor at approximately 12 pm. 
    About: Yizkor, the remembrance prayer for departed parents, is recited on Tuesday after the morning reading of the Torah. Links: The Yizkor Prayer; Honor Due to Parents; On Breavement and Mourning.
  • Tuesday, at 6 pm will be Mincha, followed by Moshiah Seudah with four cups wine and matzah.
    About: The last day of Passover ("Acharon Shel Pesach") is particularly associated with Moshiach and the future redemption. The Haftarah (reading from the Prophets) for this day is from Isaiah 11, which describes the promised future era of universal peace and divine perfection. Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov instituted the custom of partaking of a "Moshiach's meal" on the afternoon of the last day of Passover; in addition to the matzah eaten at "Moshiach's meal", the Rebbes of Chabad added the custom of drinking four cups of wine, as in the seder held on Passover's first days. Links: Haftarah for 8th of Passover; The Third Seder; Moshiach: an Anthology
  • The complete Chabad of Uptown Pesach schedule can be found online at www.chabaduptown.org/Seder

Looking forward to seeing you!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


 

Tales of when my wife had a baby, and Im cooking for eighty

Dear Friends,

We were overwhelmed with gratitude and the outpouring of well wishers on the occasion of the birth of our Blumanewborn daughter. We named her eight hours after she took her first breath at the firstborn siyum ceremony that was transformed into a baby naming with great fanfare. A nice crowd witnessed her naming of Bluma, after Chanie's paternal grandmother who passed away approximately 2 years ago. She was the daughter of the legendary Chabad Chassid, Rabbi Yankel Zuravitzer, and wife of R' Shimon Galperin. After emigrating from the Soviet Union in 1972, she lived in Nachlat Har Chabad, a neighborhood in Kiryat Malachi, in the south of Israel. May her memory be a blessing...

With gratitude to Hashem, we will celebrate Bluma Lazaroff's birth with a Shabbos kiddush, on Saturday, April 30 at 1 pm after morning services at 10 am. Please let us know if you intend to join us so we can plan accordingly.

As reality set in that Chanie was not going to be present for the last minute preparations and seder, Matt & Yael Trusch and Chanie's family who are now in town, pulled into high gear to prepare our full seders for 80 the first night and 50 the second night. A grand time was had by all in the end and it all came together!  On Tuesday  morning, with a slight Seder buzz, I trekked the 2 hour walk to St Lukes to find out that there was no way they would not let me climb the stairs to the 25th floor, because that maternity floor is on lockdown and it is too much trouble for them to turn it off. Thankfully, I figured out that Bluma was in Texas Children's and there is a good chance that Chanie was with her there too. Boruch Hashem I was right! Thankfully, it was also only four floors rather that 25! :)

That afternoon I headed back for another two hours to make it back just in time for the second seder…

All the kids said the Mah Nishtana wonderfully, four cups of wine and matzoh galore and a wonderful time was had by all.

This past week we began to count the omer and will do so every night until Shavuos. Count and learn about the omer and see the various reminder tools available at www.chabaduptown.org/omer

Please join us for these upcoming events for Young Professionals:

  • Wednesday, May 4 Beyond Never Again - the life story of Holocaust survivor Lisa Struesand - On Facebook Here.
  • Friday, May 13 Shabbat 100 under the stars - Dinner & Cocktails

Also, keep the holiday Lag B'omer on your charts (for all ages):

  • Eve of Lag B'omer, Saturday, May 21 Lag bomer jamming night and BBQ.

 

This Shabbos Chol Hamoed Pesach we will continue with the Shul upstairs and the kiddush downstairs.

Friday, April 22 
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
Before 7:35 pm Light Shabbos Candles (Blessings 1
                    Shabbat Dinner | Please RSVP 

Shabbos, April 23
- 9:00 am PrePrayer Kabbala Study
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:35 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 8:17 pm Shabbat Ends

Passover Final Days Service Schedule

Sunday, April 24
- Before 7:36 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2)
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services
- 12:00 am Late night Torah Study

Monday, April 25, 7th Day of Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit)
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services
- After 8:25 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2)

Tuesday, April 26, Acharon Shel Pesach
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit)
           - 11:15 am Yizkor Memorial Service 
- 7:00 pm Mincha
- 7:30 pm Moshiach Seudah followed by Maariv Services (Click here for more)
- 8:32 pm Holiday Ends

IMPORTANT:
Wait one hour before eating chometz to allow the Rabbi to buy it back for you.

 With wishes for a wonderful and enjoyable rest of Pesach,

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

The great birthday and Shabbos!

  • Today, the 11th day of Nissan,  my teacher and mentor, The Lubavitcher Rebbe, was born in 1902. Links: TheRebbe.org, A Timeline biography, 54 Years, 54 Ideas, Contemporary Chassidic Stories of the Rebbe, More on the Rebbe

    In honor of this date, the President Proclaimed Education and Sharing Day: The White House proclamation honors the 109th anniversary of the birth of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. more...

    To emphasize the vital role of education in society, the United States annually marks "Education and Sharing Day U.S.A." Established in 1978 by a joint Congressional resolution, Education Day U.S.A. focuses on the very foundation of meaningful education: instructing our youth in the ways of morality and ethics, and teaching them an appreciation for divine inviolable values. The Presidents designate annually Education and Sharing Day U.S.A. on the anniversary of the birth of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, who dedicated his life to the cause of education. Links: Education and Sharing Day U.S.A Homepage, A blueprint for meaningful education, The Rebbe's talks on the importance of education, A brief history , Yearly commemoration of "Education and Sharing Day U.S.A."
     
  • Pesach is finally here! We were honored to host Rabbi Chaim's parents this past shabbos, and honored to have Chanie's parents and three of her siblings for this Shabbos and Pesach as well!
     
  • Mendel started piano lessons last week and is very excited to put his first two lessons to work. He has borrowed a keyboard and is making fine progress.
     
  • The Shabbat before Passover is termed Shabbat HaGadol ("The Great Shabbat") in commemoration of the "great miracle" that happened in Egypt on this day, heralding the Exodus from Egypt five days later (see "Today in Jewish Hstory"). Shabbat HaGadol customs include reading a portion of the Haggadah (from "Avadim hayinu..." to "...al kol avonotainu"), which tells the story of the Exodus; it is also customary that the rabbi of the community delivers a lecture in which he elaborates on the laws of Passover and their significance, in preparation for the festival.
     
  • It is an ancient and widespread custom for the firstborn to fast on the day before Passover. This commemorates the miracle which spared the firstborn Jewish sons from the plague which struck down the firstborn sons of the Egyptians.
    This fast is treated leniently. Thus, if there is a festive meal held that is connected with a mitzvah, for example, the celebration of a circumcision or of a siyum (the completion of a tractate of the Talmud) the firstborn son participates in the meal rather than fasting.
    It is therefore customary to arrange for a siyum to take place in the synagogue after morning prayers on the fourteenth of Nissan, this year on Monday, April 18. The firstborn sons who are present participate in this festive meal and, having broken their fast, may continue to eat for the rest of the day.
    Rabbi Chaim will complete an entire tractate of Talmud so you won't have to fast! (No, he will not teach the whole book then! He has learned it all already! He will just finish the last few lines there!
    So don't fret! Come start your day off with a mitzvah! :)
    For more info on this custom and even more and details click here: www.chabaduptown.org/holidays/passover/pesach_cdo/aid/1678/jewish/The-Fast-of-the-First-Born.htm
     
  • We are getting ready and gearing up for dual double wamo Uptown and in depth style Seders
    Pesach is always our favorite time of year with quality time spent with family and friends. But, unfortunately there are many that do not have family or funds to make their Pesach enjoyable. Our sages teach that before Pesach it is imperative on every community to ensure that all have their Pesach needs met. We were especially moved by outpouring of voluntary contributions for needy families by many of you. It is testament to the special dynamic of our warm and caring community. Feel free to join as well by visiting www.chabaduptown.org/donate and write "Maos Chitim" in the comments field.
     
  • Besides for the Seders, there is also a special prayer that is said on the first day of Pesach (Tuesday), during the morning services. The month of Nissan marks the ends of the "season of rains" in the Holy Land. Beginning with the Mussaf prayer of the 1st day of Passover, we omit the passage in our prayers praising G-d's greatness as a provider of rain (Mashiv haruach umorid hageshem), substituting it with the words Morid hatal ("Who brings down dew").

Shabbos Hagadol Parshas Acharei 
Friday April  14
Services and candle lighting at 7:30 pm
    RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, April 15
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9:00 am
Services at 10:00 am
    Special Shabbos Hagadol Torah Reading and Sermon
    Followed by a special kiddush and farbrengen
Mincha at 7:30 pm
 Reading of a portion of the Haggadah (from "Avadim hayinu..." to "...al kol avonotainu").
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 8:25 pm
Living Toah

Complete Pesach and Candle Lighting Schedule
(why not print and post to your refrigerator?)
Chometz Removal

(see Chametz Wizardlaws or Pesach A-Z)
 

Sunday, April 17
- Sell Your Chometz, now! Do not wait for the last minute!
Click here to sell online
- After 8:19 pm Formal Search for Chometz 
Monday, April 18 (see laws or Pesach A-Z
- 5:38 am Firstborn Fast Begins  
- 6:45-7:30 am Teffilin wrap & Siyum ceremony for firstborns (or parents of firstborns under 13)
- Before 11:11 am Finish eating Chametz 
- Before 12:16 pm Finish burning Chametz
 


Passover I & II Services & Candle Lighting
(see The Seder, laws or Pesach A-Z)

Monday, April 18
Before 7:32 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessings 2 & 4)
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services  
- 8:30 pm Communal Seders (Choice of Uptown Style - FULL  Information or In Depth Information Seders)
                Last year's seder sold out two weeks before, please RSVP by April 8!
Tuesday, April 19 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit)
- 7:35 pm Mincha & Maariv Services (Begin to Count Omer)
- After 8:28 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessings 2 & 4)
- 8:30 pm Second Communal Seders Choice of Uptown Syle Information or In Depth Information Seders 
                Last year's seder sold out two weeks before, please RSVP by April 8!
Wednesday, April 20 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit)  
- 7:35 pm Mincha & Maariv Services
- 8:28 pm Yom Tov Ends 
 

Intermediate Days Service Schedule

April 21-24 Intermediate days - No Teffilin Required

Friday, April 22 
Before 7:35 pm Light Shabbos Candles (Blessings 1)
- 7:35 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
                    Shabbat Dinner | Please RSVP 

Shabbos, April 23
- 9:00 am PrePrayer Kabbala Study
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:35 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 8:17 pm Shabbat Ends
 

 

Passover Final Days Service Schedule

Sunday, April 24
- Before 7:36 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2)
- 7:35 pm Mincha & Maariv Services
- 12:00 am Late night Torah Study

Monday, April 25, 7th Day of Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit)
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services
- After 8:25 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2)

Tuesday, April 26, Acharon Shel Pesach
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit)
           - 11:15 am Yizkor Memorial Service 
- 7:00 pm Mincha
- 7:30 pm Moshiach Seudah followed by Maariv Services (Click here for more)
- 8:32 pm Holiday Ends

IMPORTANT:
Wait one hour before eating chometz to allow the Rabbi to buy it back for you.

Pesach Site | Schedule| Sell Chametz| Matzah| Seder| Moshiach Seudah | Store

 We look forward to seeing you at any or all of the many services!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Passing Over Passover. BLT this Sunday!

Good news / bad news: Our first uptown style Seder is all sold out!!! We will only be taking reservations for the other Seders until tomorrow, Friday April 8, so please make sure you or our friends reserve before then. Our complete Pesach schedule and links to reserve for the seder that still have room are at www.chabaduptown.org/seder.

The downstairs shul, classroom and kitchen is already cleaned for Pesach and in use!! Are you ready for Pesach? Everything you can possibly need can be found on our website at www.chabaduptown.org/pesach. One thing that is very important to do NOW is to sell your chametz at www.chabadhouston.com/chametz

Chabad of Uptown was featured in aa internationally syndicated article "Excitement Builds Worldwide in Advance of Passover". See it posted here.

Save the dates for these upcoming events for Young Professionals:

  • Wednesday, May 4 Beyond Never Again - the life story of Holocaust survivor Lisa Struesand
  • Friday, May 13 Shabbat 100 under the stars - Dinner & Cocktails

Also, keep the holiday Lag B'omer on your charts (for all ages):

  • Eve of Lag B'omer, Saturday, May 21 Lag bomer jamming night and BBQ.

Beginning this past Tuesday, Nissan 1, and continuing through Nissan 13, we recite the verses (from Numbers ch. 7) describing the offerings made by the "princes" (nesi'im) of the 12 tribes of Israel (see "Mishkan inaugurated"). Following the verses of the day's "Nasi," we recite a short prayer in which we say, "...if I, Your servant, am from the tribe of ___ whose section of the Nasi I have read today in Your Torah, may all the holy sparks and holy illuminations that are included within the holiness of this tribe shine upon me, to grant me understanding and intelligence in Your Torah and my awe of You, to do Your will all the days of my life...." More on this and the text of each day's Nasi can be found in Hebrew and English on our website.

We are honored to host Rabbi Chaim's parents this Shabbos, Rabbi Shimon & Chiena Lazaroff. Please join us!

Shabbos Parshas Metzorah

Friday, April 8
Services at 7:30 
    Light candles at 7:26 pm | RSVP for dinner! www.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner 

 Shabbos, April 9
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 8:30 am
Services at 10:00 am
    Followed by Kiddush with the best cholent this side of _______________.
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 8:21 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, April 10
BLT = Bagel, Lox & Tefillin 9:30 am

See y'all on Shabbos, ya hear!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

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The Final Four is Here!

A beautiful Kiddush was held in honor of the new couple, Adam and Clara Chaya Epstein. Mazel tov to them on their new marriage and to Drs. Henry and Maxine Epstein.

Sunday was a weather perfect day with perhaps more than 700 participants in the Friendship Walk. Many thanks to all those that sponsored Chaya Mushka and Mendel in their quest to help special needs children! 

We welcome to the neighborhood Chaim and Dorit Kamman who have moved to our community with their young daughter!

The "Final Four" is here! Four cups, four questions, four sons.... :) Pesach is fast approaching and the week was spent cleaning and getting ready for the big celebration! Our Seders are almost full, so if you plan on attending either the "Uptown" or "in depth" style seders, please let us know ASAP. All the details at www.chabaduptown.org/seder. Of course, we will never forget the fifth son, the one is so absent he is not even one of the four.... If you know of one, that perhaps will not be by a seder this year, please reach out to them and see if they will join you or let us know and we will save them a seat!

This Shabbos is Shabbos Mevarchim, when we bless the new month of Nissan and is also known as Parshas Hachodesh. On the Shabbat that falls on or before the 1st of Nissan, a special reading called "Hachodesh" (Exodus 12:1-20) is added to the regular Shabbat Torah reading. It is also the true "Final Four" of the special readings leading up to Pesach. Hachodesh recounts G-d's historic communication to Moses in Egypt on the 1st of Nissan (2 weeks before the Exodus) regarding the Jewish calendar, the month of Nissan and the Passover offering. Links:  Parshat Hachodesh with Commentary; From the teachings of the Chassidic masters on Hachodesh; About the Jewish calendar and the Passover offering.  

Here is a a thought: Our parsha refers to the most observed mitzvah, the Bris Mila. On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised (12:3) The Midrash teaches that Isaac and Ishmael were engaged in a controversy. Said Ishmael to Isaac: "I am more beloved to G-d than you, since I was circumcised at the age of thirteen, but you were circumcised as a baby and could not refuse." Isaac retorted: "All that you gave up to G-d was three drops of blood. But lo, I am now thirty-seven years old, yet if G-d desired of me that I be slaughtered, I would not refuse." The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains, Jewishness is not a matter of historical conscious, outlook, ethics, or even behavior; it is a state of being. This is the deeper significance of the debate between Ishmael and Isaac. When the Jew is circumcised on the eighth day of life, he is completely unaware of the significance of what has occurred. But this "non-experience" is precisely what circumcision means. With circumcision the Jew says: I define my relationship with G-d not by what I think, feel or do, but by the fact of my Jewishness--a fact which equally applies to an infant of eight days and a sage of eighty years. 

Please join us this Shabbos for some more great cholent and good times!

Shabbos Mevarchim Nissan, Parshas Tazria and Hachodesh

Friday, April 1
Services at 7:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 7:22 pm | RSVP for dinner www.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner

Shabbos, April 2
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am
Services at 10:00 am w/ Reading of Parshas Hachodesh
    Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush and Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 8:16 pm
Living Torah

Have a great Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Chabad of Uptown Pesach Schedule & Seder info are now online at www.chabaduptown.org/seder 

PREPARE:
Sell your Chametz now www.chabadhouston.com/chametz
Shop for Pesach www.chabadhouston.com/store 

CELEBRATE:
Visit our mega Pesach site www.chabadhouston.com/pesach
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