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LAST CHANCE, Let's Pesach!! Yizkor & Moshiach Feast

At the final hours before we bring in the final days of Pesach tonight with candle lighting at 7:20 pm, Chanie and I hope your Pesach has been uplifitng as well and would like to wish you a Happy Pesach for the duration of the holiday.

Please join us for the last days for services, most notably Yizkor and Moshiach Seudah on Tuesday. You may find the complete schedule on our website atwww.chabaduptown.org/pesachschedule

This Tuesday, the eighth and final of Pesach, let's close out the holiday together with a special farewell meal, called the Moshiach Seudah. Enjoy wine and matzah, discuss words of Torah and inspirational stories, sing Chassidic melodies, and find out why this day has a special energy related to the coming of Moshiach. 

Rabbi Chaim

P.S. To be a partner in our Pesach events, please consider giving us a hand at www.chabaduptown.org/donate

Pesach Halftime - Next week: April First Fridays

901809_10151536163116140_107770785_o.jpgBeautiful Sedarim were held serving up matzah, wine, and seder delicacies for over 70 the first night between downstairs and upstairs and 40 the second night! That you to all the participants for making it so meaningful!

The kids are thoroughly enjoying spending the Yom Tov with their Wolf cousins. Today's adventures included a fantastic (mind splitting) day at Kemah Boardwalk!

YOUNG PROS: Next Shabbos, April 5, is First Fridays - and you know what that means! Come on out to enjoy a Shabbos dinner with old friends and or / make new friends! Join event on Facebook!

Meanwhile, y'all join us for Shabbos Pesach and the last days, including Yizkor and a festive Moshiach Feast!

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.

Sefirat HaOmer

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Shabbos Chol Hamoed Pesach

Friday, March 29 
Before 7:19 pm Light Shabbat Candles (Blessing 1
- 7:20 pm Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat Services 

Shabbat, March 30 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:20 pm Mincha 
- 8:16 pm Maariv Services, Havdalla & Shabbat Ends

Passover Final Days Service Schedule

Sunday, March 31 
Before 7:20 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2
- 7:20 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 12:00 am Late night Torah Study 

Monday, April 1, 7th Day of Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:20 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
After 8:17 pm Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2

Tuesday, April 2, Acharon Shel Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 11:15 am Yizkor Memorial Service 
- 6:45 pm Mincha 
- 7:15 pm Moshiach Seudah followed by Maariv Services 
- 8:18 pm Holiday Ends

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


Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Rolling in the Pesach Dough!

baking matzah passover 5773.jpgPesach is upon us! The first Seder is completely full... Many thanks to all of the volunteers who have helped prepare, Naomi Bier, Karen Nudelman, Kaspit Gavish, Ben Hadden, Alyah Rudoff, Ady Fisberg, Sabra Martin!

THE NUMBERS ARE IN! 100 lbs of chicken, 16 briskets, 75 lbs onions, 60 dozen eggs, 38 lbs shmurah matzah, 8 cases wine, 6 cases grape juice and cases and cases of other Pesach goodies add up to a budget of approximately $20,000 for the month of Pesach. We need your help! Please consider contributing towards our Pesach fund at www.chabaduptown.org/donate 

Commemorating the Rebbe's 111th birthday, Rabbi Chaim & Mendel made the trip to NY to visit the Ohel. While there, they "rolled in the dough" to personally bake the hand baked Shmurah matzah for the family.

We are looking forward to have Chanie's sister Elkie Wolf of Chicago along with her family join us for the holiday!

Mazel tov to our frequent Chabad of Uptown guests, Rabbi Mendel & Leah Blecher of Chabad of The Woodlands on the birth of a baby girl, Chaya Mushka! 

Everything you need for Pesach, including recipes and Haggada to download, visit our mega holiday site atwww.chabaduptown.org/pesach.

There will not be any classes next week in observance of Pesach.

As many are out of town for Pesach with family, we would appreciate if you can let us know if, and which, minyanim you can attend over the Pesach. The complete schedule is below and atwww.chabaduptown.org/pesachschedule

Shabbos Hagadol, Parshas Tzav

Friday, March 22
Services at 7:15 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:16 pm

Shabbos, March 23
PrePrayer Kabbala Chasidus Study at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Hagadol Kiddush
Mincha at 7:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:10 pm
Living Torah


Chometz Removal 
(see Chametz Wizardlaws or Pesach A-Z)

Sunday, March 24 
- Tefillin Wrapping - NO BAGELS - cleaned for Pesach!
- Sell Your Chometz, now! It is already the last minute! Click here to sell online
After 8:03 pm Formal Search for Chometz

Monday, March 25 (see laws or Pesach A-Z
- 6:08 am Firstborn Fast Begins 
- 6:45-7:30 am Teffilin wrap & Siyum ceremony for firstborns (or parents of firstborns under 13) 
Before 11:24 am Finish eating Chametz 
Before 12:26 pm Finish burning Chametz


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

Monday, March 25, 2013 Communal Seder (225 Pixels)
Before 7:16 pm Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles (Blessings 2 & 4
- 7:15 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 8:15 pm First Communal Seder - FULL 
Feel free to join any of the other Houston area communal seders!CLICK HERE FOR THE LISTING

Tuesday, March 26 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:15 pm Mincha & Maariv Services (Begin to Count Omer
After 8:13 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessings 2 & 4
- 8:30 pm Second Communal Seder - RSVP

Wednesday, March 27 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:15 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 8:14 pm Yom Tov Ends


March 28-31 Intermediate days - No Teffilin Required

Friday, March 29 
Before 7:19 pm Light Shabbat Candles (Blessing 1
- 7:20 pm Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat Services 

Shabbat, March 30 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:20 pm Mincha 
- 8:16 pm Maariv Services, Havdalla & Shabbat Ends


Passover Final Days Service Schedule

Sunday, March 31 
Before 7:20 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2
- 7:20 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 12:00 am Late night Torah Study 

Monday, April 1, 7th Day of Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:20 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
After 8:17 pm Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2

Tuesday, April 2, Acharon Shel Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 11:15 am Yizkor Memorial Service 
- 6:45 pm Mincha 
- 7:15 pm Moshiach Seudah followed by Maariv Services
- 8:18 pm Holiday Ends

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

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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7:15 pm!!


549203_10151261260386486_949877404_n.jpgThe clocks have changed, daylight is longer. Services will now be at 7:15 pm through the end of Pesach.Every time we lose this hour it takes a few days to gain it bank within the biological clock. The Rebbe taughtthat we must look at the clock, and ask ourselves, “Am I using my time properly, to fulfill my mission in this world?” In Hayom Yom he writes how time must be guarded. Days go by; as the Talmud says, "A day enters and a day departs". He brings a wonderful quote from the Alter Rebbe:

A summer day and a winter night are a year.

Do you have plans yet for the seders? We would love to have you join us at Chabad of Uptown. Every seat is accounted for and we are filling up. So please let us know asap....www.chabaduptown.org/pesachschedule

We are so excited to wish Layn Chess & Beatrice Ruff a Texas sized mazel tov on their recent engagement!

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Shabbos Parshas Vayikra

 

Friday, March 15 
Services at 7:15 pm 
Candle Lighting at 7:12 pm | Shabbos dinner sponsored by the Rudoff's in honor of Aliya's birthday.

Shabbos, March 16 
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 7:15 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:06 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, March 17 
Shacharis at 8:30 am 
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Teffilin at 9:30 am 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Pesach is coming! Are you?!


pesach crumbs.jpgDownstairs is cleaned for Pesach! The Pesach kitchen is up and running and so is our Pesach schedule! Did you sell your chametzyet? Joining us for the seder? Order your own shmurah matzah? Check it all out at www.chabaduptown.org/pesachschedule

A beautiful Shabbos with Matt & Yael Trusch, including a "First Fridays" Shabbos dinner with an exclusive debut of byejoe - the new spirit of China! 

We went out with the clan to celebrate the bar mitzvah of Rabbi Chaim's nephew's bar mitzvah of Menachem Lazaroff in College Station.

A great time was at the 3rd Annual Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff! Thank you so much to our team! Chefs Randy Lewis, Terry Lewis, Michael Pasternak! Servers and revelers, Karen Nudelman, Aliyah Rudoff, Batami Baskin & Joshua Neuman!! Over seventy people wrapped teffilin at our booth, including 10 who wrapped for the first time!!

Mazel tov to Robert Epstein on his nomination for the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University!

Young professionals join together this Wednesday, March 13, for our weekly class, dinner & social for a Model Matzah Bakery & Wine Tasting - with a free pizza dinner at the Chabad Outreach office! Check it out on Facebook. PLEASE RSVP!

 Today is 25 Adar, the birthday of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka

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satmar couple.jpgQUESTION: Rabbi...today one of my work friends asked me about this.."“God is punishing me for my sins by taking away my daughter,” Raizy’s father Yitzchak Silberstein said in Yiddish at the funeral. My friend asked me if we believe this, and I said I had never heard of sacrificing a loved one for our sins ( this is very Christian..ie son for their sins etc). Can you tell me what this man meant. It made us so sad. I told my friend this poor man is in the depths of despair and sadness, so maybe he did not realize what he said.

ANSWER: A tragic event it is hard to comment on in many ways. In a state of grief one just expresses that turmoil of whatever is in their mind. Punishment is a complex subject. It is inappropriate and insensitive for us to judge another's misfortune as a punishment for their misdeeds. It is ok for one to inspect themselves and see how they can improve in the wake of a misfortune. But, truthfully, one can never really know Hashem's ways. What we do know is that we don't know.  Talkback >

 

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Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Vayakhel- Pekudei

 

Friday, March 8
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:06 pm

Shabbos, March 9
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 6:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:03 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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PURIM PHOTOS! "First Fridays" Debut of byejoe - The New Spirit of China

Purim events were over the top and nonstop!

  • 20 gathered for a megillah reading immediately after Shabbos at Chabad of Uptown
  • Over 130 participated at the Heroes & Villains Party at the Hilton on Satursday night. See photos here!
  • 20 made a nice showing for the Shacharis service and megillah reading on Sunday morning followed by a wonderful breakfast of, (of course) bagels, lox & cream cheese...
  • 10 prisoners got a visit by the yeshivah boys when Mendel & Mendel went off to prison to read for two units - and thankfully they let them out too! :)
  • The kids meanwhile had a chance to exchange Mishloach manos with their friends
  • 25 seniors enjoyed the yeshivah boys when yhey came back just in time for our well attended megillah reading at The Hampton for the seniors living there. Many thanks to our volunteers, Fredell Lore and Jacob Hellman who helped with the festivities. See photos here!
  • Over 100 completed the Purim day with yet another megillah reading and community feast with an amazing juggler and balance act!! See photos here!

WOW what a month.... It is March already! This Shabbos is "First Fridays" for young professionals, including a debut of byejoe, The New Spirit China! On Facebook here! RSVP atwww.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner 
Beloved by billions, byejoe is the #1 consumed spirit on the planet. Sneak preview of the new line of Chinese spirits to reach the west. Matt Trusch, President of byejoe, will present this newly reinvented Chinese spirit for the contemporary palette. www.byejoe.com www.facebook.com/byejoespirits

This Sunday is the 3rd Annual Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff! Come cheer on the Cha-Bad to the Bone team of Chabad of Uptown for the best chili this side of the Mississippi. Join our event on Facebook here! We are still looking for volunteers to help us serve up the chili and bring simcha to all the fellow chili enthusiasts.

Pesach is coming! Chanie has already begun the Pesach clean up! Our Pesach schedule and links to seel your chametz, order shmurah matzah and / or join the seder(s) atwww.chabaduptown.org/pesachschedule

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Shabbos Parah Parshas Ki Sisa

 

Friday, March 1 
Services at 6:30 pm 
Followed by "First Fridays" debut of byejoe for young professionals! 
Candle Lighting at 6:01 pm

Shabbos, March 2 
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen 
Mincha at 6:00 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:58 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, March 3 
BLT at the Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff!

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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