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3 Tammuz - A day of reflection and prayer

This coming Tuesday, July 5th, marks seventeen years since the passing of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

Chanie and I will be travelling with Bluma to New York, joining many thousands of people from across the globe who will be visiting the Rebbe's grave for prayer on this auspicious day, as is customary when we commemorate the Yartzeit of a righteous person. (All weekly classes and programming will carry on as usual).

It would be an honor and pleasure to pray for you (and your family), as well, at the Rebbe's "Ohel." Please e-mail us your name and your mother's name (preferably the Hebrew or Yiddish names), and those of anyone else you would like us to mention, we would be glad to have them in mind as well. If there's a specific need you would like us to pray for, please mention it as well.

May all our prayers be fulfilled.

We've posted lots of information on our website to help you learn more about the Rebbe's devotion to G-d, discover how deeply he cared for each human being, and to glean insight into his teachings. Visit

The Rebbe would frequently insist that even the loftiest of thoughts must be translated into actual deed.

Please join us on this special day in learning something additional, reciting an additional prayer, and giving some extra charity. Let us also try and apply some of the Rebbe's care and selfless dedication to our own interaction with family, friends and total strangers. There can be no more fitting tribute to the Rebbe than millions of good deeds, mitzvot, performed on his day.

May G-d help us that in the merit of our collective acts of goodness we quickly greet the righteous Moshiach, at which time we will be reunited with our beloved Rebbe and all our loved ones.

As is customary among Chassidim, it is important to me to be able receive an Aliya on the Shabbos before the Rebbe's yartzeit. As there are many community members on vacvation, if you can join us on Shabbos morning to ensure a minyan, please let me know. 

Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Parshas Chukas

Friday, July 1
Services at 7:30 pm
    Light Candles at 8:08 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos July 2
Pre Prayer Kabbala Study at 9 am
Services at 10 am
    Special Rosh Chodesh Hallel, Torah Reading & Musaf
    Followed by kiddush & farbrengen
Mincha at 8:10 pm
Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 4
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends 9:07 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday July 3
9:30 am BLT = Bagels, Lox & Teffilin.
    Also, an opportunity to give us a physical letter to deliver on your behalf at the Ohel.

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

Mazel tov for our NEW Torah!!!

Dear Friends,

This week took the Uptown clan to Natural Bridge Caverns, the Alamo, Riverwalk, Guiness Book of World Records and the Texas Capitol (among other stops). The beauty of the Lone Star State makes you recognize Hashem's amazing handiwork and the people who fill this great State of Texas!

The most memorable experience  was the hotel. At 2:30 am the fire alarm goes off. Among the chaos was the prospect of going down the steel, exterior fire escape in the pouring rain, thundering and lightning with the little ones and little 9 week Bluma in our hands. Realizing it, we ran to get shoes, but, thankfully realized that there was an indoor stairwell as well. (Most others didn't). The hotel couldn't get the false fire alarm under control until 5 am leaving us with little sleep and spending quite a few hours hanging out in the lobby.....

A great big Mazel Tov wish to the entire Chabad of Uptown family upon the commissioning of writing a brand new Torah Scroll in Israel! Sarah Anne Goldstein & Family have come forward to dedicate a Torah in memory of their brother and uncle Shmuel (Leonard) ben Nosson, a"h Goldberg. Our temporary Torah on loan will now have a permanent Chabad of Uptown resident partner in the Aron Kodesh!

 The Jewish people are compared to the letters of the Torah. In our tradition, no letter is more important than another. As the letters of the Holy Torah are dependent upon one another for its completion, so is one Jew linked with all Jews in an indissoluble chain. The new Chabad of Uptown Torah will stress the importance of unity amongst the Jewish people by allowing others to take part in its beautiful mitzvah by purchasing letters, words, parshiyot and ornaments for the Torah. At this time, when the world is searching for the priceless blessing of peace, we, as Jews, must reassert our unity. We must reaffirm the dedication that has preserved us as a people through the ages. Stay tuned for more details and the date for the Torah's completion and dedication Gala to be held in the Fall/Winter!

Mazel Tov to Lisa Streusand upon the engagement of her granddaughter! May she have only nachas from the new couple and all her children and grandchildren!

Please join us this Shabbos, as we learn lessons from Korach and farbreng in preparation for the month of Tammuz.

Shabbos Mevarchim Parshas Korach

Friday, June 24
Services at 7:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 8:06 pm | RSVP for Dinner

Shabbos, June 25
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim 8:30 am
Morning Services at 10:00 am
    Followed by kiddush and farbrengen in preparation for the Rebbe's upcoming 3 Tammuz yartzeit on Tuesday, July 5.
Mincha at 8:10 pm
Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 5
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 9:07 pm
Living Torah

See you on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Spies in Shul

Dear Friends,

Wow! Another week has gone by! The kids have been out of school, with entertainment of swimming and visiting friends they are being kept quite busy.

In our Parshah, Shelach, the Spies come back to the Jewish people with the report, "It is a land that consumes its inhabitants" (13:32). What was the reason that the Spies, who were leaders of Israel and men of lofty stature, did not want to enter the Land?

The explanation of the matter is as follows:

A great majority of the physical mitzvot can be implemented only in the Land of Israel, especially the agricultural laws and the laws of the offerings brought to the Holy Temple... The Spies, who were on a most lofty spiritual level, did not wish to lower themselves to the level of physical action, preferring to remain in the desert, where they received all their needs from above, and related to G-d by means of the loftier levels of thought and speech (i.e., study of Torah and prayer). They desired to draw down all the Divine emanations into the "Land of Israel" that exists in the realm of Malchut, the world of Divine speech, where there also is a "Jerusalem" and a "Holy Temple." Regarding the physical Land of Israel, they said: "It is a land that consumes its inhabitants"--if the Divine light were to be drawn down into the physical world, our entire existence would be nullified.

But Joshua and Caleb said, "The Land is very, very good." It is specifically in the Land of Israel down below, and specifically by means of the mitzvot implemented by physical action, that the truly infinite light of G-d is drawn down--a light that includes both the spiritual and the material, which is why it is "very, very" good.

So too, now that we have entered into summer vacation mode when we are all in a relaxed environment and atmosphere, it is specifically now that it is "very very good" to join us for Shabbos and come to Shul!

Friday, June 17
Services at 7:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 8:06 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, June 18
Preprayer Chassidus Kabbala Study at 9:00 am
Services at 10 am
    Followed by a kiddush..... wow!
Mincha at 8:10 pm
Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 2
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 9:05 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, June 19
BLT = Bagels Lox & Tefillin (& fresh Keurig Coffee)! 

See you on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

Shavuot - Done. Now? Shabbos!!

How was your Shavuot?  

Over 60 men, women and children gathered at Chabad of Uptown to re-enact the receiving the of the Torah with the reading of the Ten Commandments followed by a delicous buffet!

Directly from Shavuos, we now go straight into SHABBOS!!! :)

Shabbos Parshas Behaalosecha

Friday June 10
Services at 7:30 pm
    Candle lighting at 8:04 pm   | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, June 11 
Chassidus at 9:00 am
Shacharis at 10:00 am
    Followed by kiddush
Mincha at 8:10 pm
    Ethics of our Fathers, Chapter 1
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 9:03 pm
Living Torah

See you on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

Lasagna, Cheesecake and Ice cream | Hungry Yet?

Dear friends,

OK, straight to the point: Shavuos is here. The complete Shavuos schedule at Chabad of Uptown is here. Come study all night, hear the Ten Commandments and join Yizkor. Make it happen. Reenact the giving of the Torah 3320 years ago - Men, Women & Children (hey, you may even enjoy the ice cream, blintzes, lasagnas, greek salad, cheesecake and more)!

We, Rabbi Chaim & Chanie (kids staying home), will be heading for a trip to NY the first week of July. Not only is it July 4 (Rabbi Chaim's legal birthday, you know), but, more importantly it is the Rebbe's Yartzeit on 3 Tammuz, this year July 5, when we will visit the Ohel. YOU are welcome to join us!  We will also take you around to see the epicenter of Chabad and some great restaurants. Let us know if you want to join...

Join us this Shabbos, Parshas Naso

Friday, June 3
Services at 7:30
Candle lighting at 8:00 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, June 4
Pre prayer Kabbala study 9:00 am
Shacharis at 10 am
    Followed by Kiddush
Mincha at 8 am
    Pirkei Avos Chapter 6
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos ends 8:59 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, June 5
BLT! Bagels, lox and Tefillin at 9:30 am

Sunday will begin the three days of preparation for the festival of Shavuot known as the "Three Days of Hagbalah" (see " Today in Jewish History"); in the custom of certain communities, the mourning practices of the Omer period, such as not to hold weddings or get a haircut, are now suspended.

Tuesday, June 7   - Erev Shavuos
- Before 8:02 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessings
- 8:00 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 12:00 am All Night Torah Study 

  • The Talmud relates that when G-d came to give the Torah to the People of Israel in the early morning of Sivan 6, He found them sleeping. (The Chassidic masters explain that this was an attempt to connect to their subconscious, transcendent self in preparation for their reception of the divine wisdom.) To rectify this lapse, we spend the entire first night of Shavuot (which begins at nightfall tonight) studying Torah. The traditional Tikkun Leil Shavout ("Rectification for Shavuot Night") study program includes the opening and closing verses of each book of the Written Torah (Tanach), as well as of each Parshah; the entire Book of Ruth; the opening and closing sections of each tractate of the Talmud; a list of the 613 mitzvot; and selected readings from the Zohar and other Kabbalistic works.

 Wednesday, June 8  - Shavuos Day 1
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 11:30 am Reading of Ten Commandments 
    followed by dairy kiddush & Ice Cream Party 

  • The Torah reading for the 1st day of Shavuot is from Exodus 19-20, which recounts the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai and includes the "Ten Commandments" proclaimed at Sinai that encapsulate the entire Torah. Links: The Shavuot Torah Readings; About the Ten Commandments.
  • CHILDREN IN SHUL: The Lubavitcher Rebbe urged that all children -- including infants --should be brought to the synagogue on the 1st day of Shavuot to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments in re-enactment of the Giving of the Torah at Sinai. Our sages relate that when G-d came to give the Torah to the people of Israel, He asked for a guarantee that that they will not forsake it. "The heaven and the earth shall be our guarantors," said the Jews, but G-d replied that "they will not last forever." "Our fathers will guarantee it," said the people, but G-d said that "they are busy." It was only when we promised that "our children will guarantee it" that G-d agreed, "These are excellent guarantors." Link: Our Children, Our Selves
  • It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot. Traditional Shavuot dairy foods include cheesecake and blintzes. Links Why we eat dairy foods on Shavuot; Shavuot recipes

 - 8:00 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- After 9:01 pm* Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessings
* From a pre-existing flame. 

Thursday, June 9   - Shavuos Day 2
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 11:30 am Yizkor Memorial Service 

- 8:00 pm Mincha & Maariv Services | Weather permitting Kiddush Levana
- 9:02 pm Yom Tov Ends

  • Once a month, as the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called Kiddush Levanah, "the sanctification of the moon," praising the Creator for His wondrous work we call astronomy. Kiddush Levanah is recited after nightfall, usually on Saturday night. The blessing is concluded with songs and dancing, because our nation is likened to the moon—as it waxes and wanes, so have we throughout history. When we bless the moon, we renew our trust that very soon, the light of G‑d's presence will fill all the earth and our people will be redeemed from exile. Though Kiddush Levanah can be recited as early as three days after the moon's rebirth, the kabbalah tells us it is best to wait a full week, till the seventh of the month. Once 15 days have passed, the moon begins to wane once more and the season for saying the blessing has passed. Links: Brief Guide to Kiddush Levanah: Thank G‑d for the Moon! More articles on Kiddush Levanah from our knowledgebase.

See you on Shabbos and Shavuos!

Rabbi Chaim and Chanie

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