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Don't Love Family

Family Pic 4 cropped.jpgDo you love your family, wife and children? Do you serve them because you love them?

Do you love Hashem, the Torah and Mitzvos? Do you serve Him, because you love Him? If so, you are in great company. If feels good up there, as one soars in the moral highway of feeling positive, right and good as one carries on with the duties of life.

But, what happens when the romance with life and Judaism fades? Do our duties fade away too? When challenges face us, how do we weather the storms?

In our recent Tanya class we studied Tanya, Igeres Hakoshesh Chapter nine, where the Alter Rebbe paraphrases from the Kesuba, the Jewish marriage contract and stresses a beautiful nuance. In the kesuba the husband promises to be like those who "work for their wives, honor, provide for and support them in truth". The Alter Rebbe implores his beloved followers not to be like those who "provide for and esteem their wives and children out of love". Rather look closely at the kesuba that concludes "support them in truth".

For while it is laudable to love, that can't be the driving force. Our moral, ethical and Jewish compass surpasses the emotional attachment we have with our lives and Hashem. Even while we are in a loving state, we focus on the moral truth, that is, that our duty trumps it all. Truth in Hebrew is Emes, Alef-Mem-Suf, the first, middle and last letter of the Alef Beis. If one is connected to the truth, it withstands the test of time and challenge. 

This week, in preparation for Purim, we read Parshas Zachor, remembering what Amalek did to us. Allegorically, Amalek symbolizes the apathy that pervades one's life, bringing down the moral obligation to fulfill one's duties. How does one overcome the lack of enthusiasm and reclaim the romance with life and Judaism? By recognizing their moral truth, in tandem or in absence of one's infatuating love with it. 

Do you love what you do? Do you only do what you love? The right way is not always the most popular way. Not only socially, but, in our private lives as well. We don't serve our family out of love. We serve our family, our community and our country - because that is our duty. And then, we love it.


THE PURIM SCHEDULE:

WED. MARCH 4:  
YJP & Community Delights & Strikes Bowling Party - RSVP 

  • 7:00 pm Megillah Reading 
  • 8:00 pm Bowling & Party 
  • 10:00 pm Slacker's Megillah 

THURS.  MARCH 5: 

  • 6:45 am Shacharis | 7:30 am Megillah Reading 
  • 2:30 pm Seniors Party & Megillah Reading at Brookdale Plaza Galleria 
    (Formerly The Hampton)- 2929 Post Oak 
  • 5:30 pm Megillah Reading & Happy Hour at Midtown Drinkery, 2416 Brazos St. 

Next Week is March First Fridays for YJP! In the spirit of Purim we will have Persian Fish, Dolmeh Felfel (Persian Meat Stuffed Bell Peppers) and other Persian Fare! Young Professionals are encouraged to RSVP at www.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner!!


Shabbos Parshas Tetzaveh-Zachor

Friday, February 27 
Services at 6:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 6:02 pm

Shabbos, February 28 
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am w/ special Zachor Torah Reading 
Followed by Kiddush 
Mincha at 6:05 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:56 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, March 1 
Shacharis at 8:30 am 
followed by BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am!

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Powerful Women CEOs - VIDEO

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Chanie had a wonderful weekend with thousands of women at the annual conference of the largest group of women leaders / CEOs in the world. The shluchos, Chabad Lubavitch Women Emissaries from literally every corner of the Earth, shared their best practices, insights and inspiration (and, no, this year not even ONE recipe) to bring back to the home front.

The weekend culminates with a beautiful banquet. You can see highlights from the banquet here including inspiring words from Israel Diplomat Rhoda Dermer and Goldie Avtzon of Hong Kong.

Although the weather was bitter cold and return flights were cancelled, the inner warmth was felt throughout the weekend. 


We are in ADAR!!! Time for happiness! Can you feel it???

We start off the month on the first Shabbos with reading Parshas Teruma, discussing in great detail the intricacies of the Mishkan's construction.


What Was the Mishkan?

It was a portable sanctuary, a spiritual center in the desert. It was the place for sacrifices.  more...


This Sunday, one thousand people from the greater Houston Jewish community are expected to join the 7th Annual Friendship Circle Walk on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2pm. And you too can be a part of a local Jewish cause that simply touches the heart, by joining the hundreds of youth and adults from across Houston who will walk for The Friendship Circle. The Walk, produced cooperatively by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and Jewish Family Service, will leave the J.F.S. and make its way to the Beth Yeshurun Pulaski Rauch Auditorium for an indoor Friendship Fair, filled with rides, food, fun times, and a performance by AcroDunk. The Fair is from 3-5pm. Let the children and adults with special needs, their families, and all the dedicated volunteers know how much you care. Visit www.houstonfriendshipwalk.com.


 13 Days To Purim!!! PLEASE RSVP SO WE CAN PLAN ACCORDINGLY!

WED. MARCH 4, PURIM EVE: 7:00 pm Megillah, 8:00 pm Bowling, 10:00 pm Slacker's Megillah 

THURS.  MARCH 5, PURIM DAY: 6:45 am Shacharis, 7:30 am Megillah Reading, 
2:30 pm Seniors Megillah, 5:30 pm Megillah Reading Happy Hour

(See webpage for events and readings locations) 


Shabbos Parshas Teruma

Friday, February 20
Candle Lighting at 5:57 pm
Services at 6:30 pm

Shabbos, February 21
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 6:00 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:51 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Women & Prayer

Thirteen Ways Chabad Shluchos Inspire UsChanie is at the women's kinus again this year. In response to the oft asked question, I repeat, I refuse to babysit. (can an article be a #throwbackthursday?)

The Shluchos, Chabad Lubavitch women emissaries, gathered now in NY represent the largest group of women leaders in Jewish life today. Wearing many hats, they are the movers and shakers ensuring a Jewish tomorrow in every corner of the Earth.

Chanie will be visiting the Rebbe's oheltomorrow morning, Friday. If you have a prayer your would like to be delivered for you, please let us know by replying to this email.

This Shabbos includes a special reading of "Parshas Shekalim".

When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, each Jew contributed an annual half-shekel to the Temple. The 1st of Adar marked the beginning of the collection of the shekalim. In commemoration, the Torah reading of the Shabbat that falls on or before Adar 1 is supplemented with the verses (Exodus 30:11-16) that relate G-d's commandment to Moses regarding the first giving of the half-shekel. "Parshat Shekalim" is the first of four special readings added during or immediately before the month of Adar (the other three being "Zachor", "Parah" and "Hachodesh") Links: The Shekalim Reading w commentary; Partner;Charity: an Anthology

Purim is less than three weeks away! We will be having multiple megillah readings and a mega bowling party... Consider getting a lane or two and being a gracious host! Non-bowlers are welcome too! Check out the complete deal and schedule at www.chabaduptown.org/bowl It is not too early to RSVP!

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Shabbos Mevarchim, Shekalim, Parshas Mishpatim

Friday, February 13 
Candle Lighting at 5:51 pm 
Services at 6:30 pm

Shabbos, February 14 
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim / Shekalim Kiddush & Farbrengen 
Mincha at 5:50 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:46 pm 
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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The Coronation

HAPPY CORNER:

  • A Torah gets a crown! Our Torah from the Ponevez shul will be crowned this Shabbos with a special Torah Crown Installation Ceremony. The gorgeous crown was donated by the Karchmer family in honor of Aaron's bar mitzvah. A kiddush will follow services in honor of the new Torah crown. May they continue to have much Yiddishe nachas from him!
  • Mazal tov on the wedding of our niece, Nechama to Shmuli Slonim, daughter of Rabbi Chaim's brother Rabbi Eliezer & Rochel Lazaroff of Aishel House!

YJP CORNER:

MIND CORNER: There is something for everyone at our thought provoking weekly classes, join one!

  • Shabbos Chassidus 9 am
  • Sunday BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin 9 am
  • Tuesday Parshah 12 pm, JLI Parenting 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday YJP Dinner, Class & Social 8 pm
  • Thursday Tanya at 12 pm & 8 pm!

Friendly thought: Please consider Chabad of Uptown in your will and estate planning.


Ladies First at Mt. Sinai

When G-d instructed Moses to prepare the people to receive the Torah at Sinai, He said: "Speak to the house of Jacob, and tell the sons of Israel" (Exodus 19:3). The "house of Jacob," our sages explain, are the women; "the sons of Israel," the men.more...



Shabbos Parshas Yisro

 

Friday, February 6 
Candle Lighting at 5:46 pm 
Services at 6:30 pm | Italian First Fridays - YJP

Shabbos, February 7 
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am and Torah Crown Installation Ceremony 
Followed by Kiddush sponsored by the Karchmers in honor of the new Torah crown 
Mincha at 5:45 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:41 pm 
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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