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American IDF Commando: "The IDF, The Holy Land and Me"

Happy birthdays to Ira Chenkin and Bob Epstein! May you have a year of happiness, health and success!

The new marriage course from JLI begins this Tuesday, May 1! 


  • May 4: Young Professionals "First Fridays" Shabbat Dinner & Drinks with an IDF Staff Sergeant to speak on "The IDF, The Holy Land and Me" - See who is coming on Facebook
    Shmuel L., a Texan born native, served in the IDF as a commando in the Israeli Special Forces. He is currently in the reserves. Following his active duty, he completed his Rabbinical Studies and is currently preparing for a bike ride across America in support of Friendship Circle. He will share what it means to him to have enlisted to be part of the IDFs finest, his experience and the path that brought him there.
  • May 9: Lag B'omer Jamming Night & BBQ: Wednesday, 8:30 pm @ Chabad of Uptown - Facebook
  • May 10: Lag B'omer Unity Celebration & Carnival: Thursday, 4-7 pm @ Merfish Center
  • May 18-20: NYJP - Shabbaton New York! Mingle & Network in Big Apple!
  • May 27: Ten Commandments, Ice Cream & Dairy Kiddush: Sunday @ Chabad of Uptown, 11 am


For a Jew, the Land of Israel is more than a place. It is a body for the soul of a people. Discover—and uncover—where Israel is in the heart of a Jew, and where the Jewishness is within the heart of Israel.




Shabbos Parshas Tazria-Metzora

Friday, April 27 
Mincha & Kabbolas Shabbos at 7:30 
Candle Lighting at 7:38 pm | Omer Count | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, April 28 
Tehillim at 9:00 pm 
Shacharis at 10 am 
Followed by Kiddush with best cholent this side of... 
Mincha at 7:40 pm 
Maariv, Omer Count, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:36 pm

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Do you know how to love?

FROM THE MAILBOX: "Dear Rabbi Chaim & Chanie, Thank you very much for the incredible Passover Seder and your hospitality. Warm wishes to you, your children and your congregation".

Thank you all for making Chabad of Uptown the magnificent, warm and welcoming place it is.

Alligator at Brazos State Park

Well, the Pesach excursions continued with a visit to Sky Zone - a trampoline walled playing field. It is a child's heaven and costs almost as much as well. We also had a

nice visit to Brazos State

Park - AKA the Alligator Park. Mendel got to ride his new bike as we rode for a few miles and came face to face within inches of a few alligators.... EEK!

The last days of Pesach were uplifting and inspiring as we closed out the holiday with prayer and song. Especially the completion of Pesach with the Seudas Moshiach with four cups of wine, matzah, inspiration, song and more!

Caution - Alligators


This week, was back to reality. Classes are all on schedule, including plans for a wonderful Lag B'omer at Chabad of Uptown and citywide.... See below for more.


Humanity, Humanism, Holocaust

Can the world survive on ethics devised by human reason? Well, we tried. It's called the 20th century.



Faith After the Holocaust

A sword or gun, or fire or water, can affect only the physical body or the soul’s connection to the body, but never the soul itself . . .



  • May 1: NEW JLI COURSE: THE ART OF MARRIAGE - Begins, Tuesday, May 1 - Register
    Judaism views a loving marriage as a spiritual as well as a human ideal.
    “The Art of Marriage” is a six session course that will show participants how to attain that for themselves and their spouses, with timeless lessons from both modern and ancient Jewish texts such as the Talmud and Zohar. This course will benefit everyone from newlyweds to couples happily married for fifty years, to those contemplating tying the knot. Married individuals will learn how to enhance their relationship and heighten their intimacy and those looking to marry will discover the building blocks of a healthy relationship.


  • May 4: Young Professionals "First Fridays" Shabbat Dinner & Drinks - Facebook
  • May 9: Lag B'omer Jamming Night & BBQ: Wednesday, 8:30 pm @ Chabad of Uptown - Facebook
  • May 10: Lag B'omer Unity Celebration & Carnival: Thursday, 4-7 pm @ Merfish Center
  • May 18-20: NYJP - Shabbaton New York! Mingle & Network in Big Apple!
  • May 27: Ten Commandments, Ice Cream & Dairy Kiddush: Sunday @ Chabad of Uptown, 11 am


Shabbos Mevarchim Iyar, Parshas Shemini

Friday, April 20
Mincha & Kabbolas Shabbos at 7:30
Candle Lighting at 7:34 pm | Omer Count | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, April 21
Tehillim at 8:30 pm
Shacharis at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush and Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:35 pm
Maariv, Omer Count, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:31 pm

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie



ChametzFEST!!!! BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin 9:30 am

From the mailbox:

FROM THE MAILBOX: "Thanks again to you and Chonie <sic> for organizing and hosting such a wonderful and meaningful seder. <> and I were pleased to be a part of it. I also wanted to commend you on its tone -- comprehensive but face paced, serious/holy but not severe, joyous, educational, symbolic and with some good jokes and stories to supplement."

BLT IS BACK!!! Join us tomorrow morning as we bring back some fresh Chametz for some BLT! Bagels,Lox & Teffilin!!! 9:30 am!!! (Ladies are welcome too!)

Our Wednesday night young professionals and Thursday noon and evening 8pm classes are back on schedule as well! 

See you then! 

Happy ChametzFEST!! 

Yizkor, Royal Meal of Moshiach and ...

What a wonderful first days of Pesach with a packed house for both Pesach seders!

The chol hamoed (intermediate Pesach days) were spent with family pontooning and tubing on Lake Conroe, visiting the Children's' Museum and the Downtown Aquarium.

The last days of Pesach are Yom Tov, when services, dinners and lunches are shared with family and friends just as on Shabbos. We would love to have you join us!

Don't forget Yizkor and the concluding Moshiach Seudah!

Here is the schedule for Chabad of Uptown:

Passover Final Days Service Schedule

Thursday, April 12 
Make an Eruv Tavshilin
Since Shabbat occurs during the festival, an " eruv tavshilin " is prepared prior to the festival, so that it should be permitted to prepare food for Shabbat during the festival. 
Before 7:29 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 12:00 am Late night Torah Study 

Friday, April 13, 7th Day of Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
Before 7:29 pm Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 3

Shabbos, April 14, 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 
- 8:26 pm Holiday Ends

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

We look forward to seeing you on Yom Tov and Shabbos!

FIRSTBORNS: 6:45 am or fast all day | Shabbos and Pesach First Days

Serious introspection breeds happiness and freedom. As we learned in today's Tanya (31), quoting from the Talmud, From the forest itself comes [the handle for] the ax [which fells the forest].

Chocolate Pesach Rabbis

Of course, it is not by chance.

Tonight we remove Chametz from our homes. The Alter Rebbe was known to check for chametz all night in his home. Poignantly, it was a one room house. Chassidus teaches the importance to meditate and examine for the removal of Chametz (inflated ego, personal demons of all sorts) from our internal selves. We, the struggling Human from the "Speaking Kingdom", take the (inanimate kingdom) wax candle, (vegetative kingdom) wooden spoon and (animal kingdom) feather and use our three soul expressions of meditative "thought", blessing through "speech" while using the "action" of checking throughout our homes and souls. Therefore, it is customary to place 10 pieces for the search, representing the spiritual DNA, the ten sefirot / expressions, of the soul.

May we successfully remove our chametz, finding personal peace allowing us to sit down as truly free people to tomorrow's seder. Free from all oppression, including the chocolate Rabbis.

Shabbos & First Days of Pesach Schedule

Friday, April 6 (see laws or Pesach A-Z
- 5:52 am Firstborn Fast Begins 
- 6:45-7:30 am Teffilin wrap & Siyum ceremony for firstborns (or parents of firstborns under 13) 

Firstborn males over the age of Bar Mitzvah (13) are obligated to fast on the 14th of Nissan, in recognition of the fact that during the "Plague of the Firstborn" (which occurred at midnight of Nissan 15) G-d "passed over" the Jewish firstborn when He killed all firstborn Egyptians. If there is a firstborn male in the family under 13, the obligation to fast rests with the father. The prevailing custom, however, is for the firstborn to exempt themselves from the obligation to fast by participating in a seudat mitzvah (a meal marking the fulfillment of a mitzvah), such as a siyyum--a festive meal celebrating the conclusion of the study of a section of Torah).

Before 11:16 am Finish eating Chametz 
Before 12:19 pm Finish burning Chametz

Passover I & II Services & Candle Lighting 
(see The Sederlaws or Pesach A-Z

Friday, April 6, 2012 Communal Seder (225 Pixels)
Before 7:25 pm Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles (Blessings 3 & 4
- 7:30 pm Mincha, Shabbat & Holiday Maariv Services 
- 8:30 pm First Seder - (SOLD OUT - Earliest Kiddush is 8:12 pm)

Shabbos, April 7 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
Special Prayer for Dew (Tal) 
- 7:25 pm Mincha & Maariv Services (Begin to Count Omer
After 8:21 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessings 2 & 4
- 8:30 pm Second Communal Seder - RSVP (Earliest Kiddush 8:20 pm)

Sunday, April 8 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:25 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 8:22 pm Yom Tov Ends

April 9-12 Intermediate days - No Teffilin Required

No Classes this Week...

Wishing you a Happy & Kosher Pesach!!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


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