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Can I quit Judaism?

IMG-20150325-WA0018.jpgAll classes this week will once again be held upstairs, as downstairs is all ready for Pesach! We will not have the regularly scheduled classes the week Pesach, April 3-11, besides for both Shabbos morning Chassidus and late night Torah study, April 9.

Shabbos Hagadol: The Shabbos before Pesach 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. Shabbat HaGadol customs include reading a portion of the Haggadah (from "Avadim hayinu..." to "...al kol avonotainu"), which tells the story of the Exodus.

YJP Pesach cooking club: This Wednesday, April 1, join other young professionals to peel, cook, talk and storm the Pesach kitchen with new and old friends! Tried and proven recipes from the Uptown kitchen along with learning the ins and outs of a top notch Seder!

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

  • By Thursday, April 2, 5 pm you should have sold your Chometz, now! Do not wait for the last minute! Click here to sell online. Then after 8:10 pm is the formal Search for Chometz.
  • On Friday, April 3 at - 5:57 am Firstborn Fast Begins. At 6:45-7:30 am We will have a Teffilin wrap & Siyum ceremony for firstborns (or parents of firstborns under 13). Before11:19 am, Finish eating Chametz and Before 12:22 pm Finish burning Chametz

Pesach Seder and Schedule: 

  • Our first signature Uptown seder is completely full! However, we still have some space at our second seder. Please RSVP at www.chabaduptown.org/seder
  • For the complete Chabad of Uptown Pesach schedule and links to literally thousands of Pesach seders and schedules around the world, visit www.chabaduptown.org/pesachschedule

Condolences: The Chabad community send its sincere condolences to the Michael, Eira and family Ostrovsky on the untimely passing of their father, Yan Ostrovsky, obm. May his memory be for a blessing. Funeral services to be held 2 pm tomorrow, Friday, March 24, at 2 pm, Beth Yeshurun Cemetery - Post Oak

How Does One Quit Judaism?

I'm an atheist. I married a non-Jew and have no wish to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. My question is: can I consider myself non-Jewish, or do I need some sort of form or dispensation to be officially no longer Jewish? more...


Shabbos Parshas Tzav, Shabbos Hagadol

 

Friday, March 27 
Services at 7:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 7:19 pm

Shabbos, March 28 
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am w/ special Shabbos Hagadol reading 
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 7:20 pm 
Reading of selections of Haggadah 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:13 pm 
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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➊ One ➋ Two ➌ Three

Rarely do we take out three Torahs. Simchas Torah is the only day of the year that we always take out three Torahs, otherwise there needs to be a triple-play, as we have this week!

  1. The weekly Torah portion of Parshas Vayikra is read in six aliyos in the first Torah.
  2. The seventh aliya, we read from the second Torah, the section of the Torah describing the offerings brought on Shabbos that coincides with Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the Jewish month. (During the prayers, Hallel is recited before the Torah reading and a special Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Musaf is read after the Torah reading)
  3. In the third Torah, we read the section that is read on the Shabbat that falls on or before the 1st of Nissan, a special reading called "Hachodesh" (Exodus 12:1-20) as the maftir. 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 offeringLinks: The Reading for Hachodesh, From the teachings of the Chassidic masters on Hachodesh, About the Jewish calendarHaftorah in a Nutshell

Our seder is filling up! We would love for you to join us, but, we need you to RSVP right away so we can secure your spot. www.chabaduptown.org/seder

PESACH AT UPTOWN:

  • Maos Chitim Fund: www.chabaduptown.org/donate
  • Pesach Schedule: www.chabaduptown.org/pesachschedule
  • Seder RSVP: www.chabaduptown.org/seder

YOUR PESACH TO DO LIST:

  • Shmurah Matzah: www.chabadhouston.com/ordermatzah
  • Sell your Chametz: www.chabadhouston.com/chametz
  • Shop: www.chabaduptown.org/store

We send condolences to the Schooler family on the passing of Slava (Sylvia) Schooler. When her health permitted, Sylvia attended our weekly classes and was a appreiciative recipient of the Chabad of Uptown loaves of love program.

Shabbos Rosh Chodesh, Parshas Vayikra & Hachodesh

Friday, March 20 
Services at 7:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 7:15 pm

Shabbos, March 21 
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Rosh Chodesh / Hachodesh Kiddush & Farbrengen sponsored by the Karchmer and Melnik families 
Mincha at 7:15 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:09 pm 
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Run out matzah... Just eat the box!

We are now only a few weeks away from Pesach. Cleaning and preparing are happening in earnest. However, within the month of Pesach it is customary to also giveI feel like cleaning take a nap until it passes to the "Maos Chitim" fund of your local community. In the opening paragraph of the Haggadah recited at the Seder, we declare: "All who are hungry, let them come and eat."

In reality, however, most of the people who are hungry will not be standing in our dining rooms as we begin our Seder, waiting for the invitation. As such, in preparation for the Passover holiday, it is age-old Jewish tradition to contribute generously towards funds that ensure that indeed everyone who is in need has the necessary provisions for the holiday—food,matzah, wine, festive clothing, etc. This special Passover fund, originally intended to provide the poor with matzah, is known as ma'otchitim, "the wheat fund," or kimcha d'pischa, "Passover flour."

At this time we appeal to you to please join us in our campaign providing Pesach awareness and provisions to our local community at www.chabaduptown.org/donate.

Our seder is filling up! We would love for you to join us, but, we need you to RSVP right away so we can secure your spot. www.chabaduptown.org/seder

PESACH AT UPTOWN:

  • Maos Chitim Fund: www.chabaduptown.org/donate
  • Pesach Schedule: www.chabaduptown.org/pesachschedule
  • Seder RSVP: www.chabaduptown.org/seder

YOUR PESACH TO DO LIST:

  • Shmurah Matzah: www.chabadhouston.com/ordermatzah
  • Sell your Chametz: www.chabadhouston.com/chametz
  • Shop: www.chabaduptown.org/store

There are many special parts of this Shabbos!

  • We bless the new month of Nissan with the recitation of the entire Tehillim, special prayer after the Torah reading and a farbrengen following the daytime services.
  • We complete the book for Shemos (Exodus) with a declaration of Chazak!
  • We take out and read from a second Torah, the Torah reading of Parah (Numbers 19) detailing the laws of the "Red Heifer". When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, every Jew had to be in a state of ritual purity in time for the bringing of the Passover offering in the Temple. Links:The Parah reading w commentaryThe Calf's Mother

Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Parah, Parshas Vayakhel Pekudei - Chazak!

Friday, March 13 
Services at 7:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 7:11 pm

Shabbos, March 14 
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen 
Mincha at 7:10 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:05 pm 
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Pesach is Coming!!!

What an amazingly rocking Purim at five events, seven Megillah readings and hundreds celebrating with Chabad of Uptown! We hope to get pictures and videos up next week.

The Pesach schedule is up! www.chabaduptown.org/pesachschedule Please RSVP for the Seders early, as we have very limited space.

You can also purchase your very own Shmurah Matzah and Sell your chametz as well.

Have a good Shabbos!

Shabbos Parshas Ki Sisa

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

Shabbos, March 7 
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen 
Mincha at 6:05 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:00 pm 
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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