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Holocaust (& Truth) Denial

Rivky came home from Camp! It's a great feeling of family when the kids start coming home after being gone for a while...

This Shabbos is called Shabbat Chazon ("Shabbat of Vision") named after the opening words of the day's Haftorah reading. On this Shabbat, say the Chassidic masters, we are granted a vision of the Third Temple; we may not see it with our physical eyes, but our souls see it, and are empowered to break free of our present state of galut and bring about the Redemption and the rebuilding of the Temple. May it be speedily! Links:  The Holy Temple: an Anthology Shabbat of Vision About the " Three of Rebuke

tisha bav film, denial.jpgOn Monday night, July 31, Erev Tisha B'av, all are welcome to join us for the traditional Eichah (Book of Lamentations) reading followed by a film screening of a thought provoking, contemporary film. Featuring the critically acclaimed film “Denial”: When university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team fight to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Based on the book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.” 

Tisha B'av is observed this Monday night and Tuesday. The final meal before the start of the fast, eaten shortly before sunset, is called seudah hamafseket. Only one cooked food is eaten at this meal, customarily an egg dipped in ashes. During this fast, that begins in Houston at 8:15 pm on Monday.  we abstain from eating and drinking, bathing, the wearing of leather footwear, and marital relations. It is customary to sit on the floor or a low seat until after mid-day on Tuessday. Torah study is restricted to laws of mourning, passages describing the destruction of the Temple, and the like. The tefillin are worn only during the afternoon Minchah prayers. For the complete Tisha B'av schedule, see below. Link:  Laws of Tish'ah B'Av

 In observance of Tisha B'av the weekly Tuesday Parsha class will be held instead on Wednesday.

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Chabad Uptown Ad (1).jpgYou can still get a free entry into the  raffle offered at The White Party on Aug. 5! Buy your ticket by Aug. 1 at and enter to win either two nights at Galveston by The Sea, win a free business profile and three month advertisement (a $1,040 value!) in the Jewish Herald-Voice's NEW FEATURE - YJP NETWORK and more prizes!

Kiddush this week is sponsored by Rachel & Elliott Levine in honor of the Lazaroffs.

Shabbos Chazon, Parshas Devarim


Friday, July 28
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:59 pm

Shabbos, July 29
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush sponsored by Rachel & Elliott Levine in honor of the Lazaroffs
Mincha at 8:00 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 3
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:55 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, July 30 
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin

Monday, Erev Tisha B'Av, July 31
1:28 pm Refrain from regular Torah study
8:15 pm Tisha Ba'av Fast & Mourning Customs Begins
8:40 pm Maariv
9:00 pm Eicha Reading (Lamentations) followed by
9:30 pm "Denial" film and discussion.

Tuesday, Tisha B’av, August 1
6:45 am Shacharis with Torah Reading
7:45 am Kinos - Lamentations
1:28 pm Midday - Resume sitting normally
7:30 pm Mincha – Talis, Tefillin, Krias HaTorah
8:41 pm Maariv, Havdalla & Fast Ends
Kiddush Levanah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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The Power of Sad

"When Av begins, we diminish [our] rejoicing" (Talmud, Taanit 26b). This Monday is Rosh Chodesh Av, the beginning of the nine day period. We will have our monthly Rosh Chodesh minyan and breakfast! Please let us know if we can count on you for a minyan. Complete weekend schedule below.

Some laws of the nine days: On the 1st of Av, " The Three Weeks" mourning period over the destruction of the Holy Temple--which began 13 days earlier on Tammuz 17--enters an intensified stage. During "The Nine Days" from Av 1st to the Ninth of Av, a heightened degree of mourning is observed, including abstention from meat and wine, music, bathing for pleasure, and other joyous and enjoyable activities. (The particular mourning customs vary from community to community, so consult a competent Halachic authority for details).

Consumption of meat and wine is permitted on Shabbat, or at a Seudat Mitzvah (obligatory festive meal celebrating the fulfillment of a mitzvah) such as a Bris (circumcision), or a "Siyum" celebrating the completion of a course of Torah study (i.e., a complete Talmudic tractate). The Lubavitcher Rebbe initiated the custom of conducting or participating in a Siyum on each of the Nine Days (even if one does not avail oneself of the dispensation to eat meat).

Citing the verse (Isaiah 1:27) "Zion shall be redeemed with mishpat [Torah] and its returnees with Tzedakah," the Rebbe urged that we increase in  Torah study (particularly the study of the laws of the  Holy Temple) and  charity during this period. Links:  When and (How) to be

We have some amazing events coming up for the young professional community, listed at and on Facebook here. Don't miss First Fridays Sefardi Party & The White Party at Chai!

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Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Matos-Maasei

Friday, July 21
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 8:03 pm

Shabbos, July 22
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen sponsored by Neustein family, baby welcoming of Jacqueline Isabelle
Mincha at 8:05 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 2
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 9:00 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, July 23
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin 

Monday, July 24, Rosh Chodesh Av
Rosh Chodesh Shacharis 6:45-8 am
Followed by monthly breakfast 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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21 of 40

farbrengen bday.pngThank you all who came out last night to celebrate Rabbi Chaim's birthday at the men's farbrengen.

Chanie has made it her personal goal to get 40 new members to join the Chai Club in honor of the birthday. Thank you to all the 21 new members that have joined! Giving (even) a (small) donation in multiples of $18 allows you to give tzedaka in your sleep, and allows Chabad of Uptown to have a secure cash flow to pay the bills throughout the year. If you have not yet, please consider supporting Chabad of Uptown year-round, joining the Monthly Chai Club, by clicking on the "Recurring / Monthly Chai Club" checkbox at

PROJECT TALMUD 5777 - Summer Mini Yeshiva
Monday - Thursday July 17-20, 2017 / 23-26 Tammuz 5777
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Shabbos Kiddush this week is sponsored by Arturo Nicolayevsky marking his brother's yartzeit. May the neshama have an aliya.

Shabbos Parshas Pinchas

Friday, July 14
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 8:06 pm

Shabbos, July 15
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush sponsored by Arturo Nicolayevsky marking his brother's yartzeit
Mincha at 8:05 pm
Ethics of Our Fathers, Ch. 1
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 9:04 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, July 16
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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I'm a firecracker!

  • BIRTHDAY: July 4 is my birthDATE. As a child I would joyously sing, "I'm a firecracker!" However, 19 Tammuz is my birthDAY. That is when we celebrate and commemorate. As is customary among Chabad Chasidim, I will be making a birthday " farbrengen(FOR MEN) in honor of my birthday on Thursday evening, 19 Tammuz, at the Chai Lounge at 4311 Bettis beginning at about 9 p.m. I fully understand if your schedule does not allow you to attend. Please let me know if you can make it. (For more about celebrating birthdays read:  What is a Jewish Birthday? and related articles there).
  • SHABBAT: Looking forward to a great crowd tonight at the All-American First Fridays Shabbat Dinner for Young Professionals. It is not too late to join! Reply to this email or click here.
  • HOLIDAY: Today's date, the 13th of Tammuz, in 1927, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, received the documents authorizing his release from a sentence of exile to Kastroma in the interior of Russia. Twenty-seven days earlier, the Rebbe had been arrested by agents of the GPU and the Yevsektzia ("Jewish Section" of the Communist Party) for his activities to preserve Judaism throughout the Soviet empire and sentenced to death, G-d forbid. International pressure forced the Soviets to commute the sentence to exile and, subsequently, to release him completely. The Rebbe was actually notified of his release on Tammuz 12, but since that day was a legal holiday, the Certificate of Release freeing him to travel home was issued only the next day. Thus both the 12th and 13th of Tammuz are celebrated as a "festival of liberation" by the Chabad-Lubavitch community.

JEWISH NEWS: After Meeting Indian PM, Mumbai Terror Survivor to Accompany Netanyahu to India

Eleven-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, who survived a November 2008 terrorist massacre in Mumbai that took the lives of his parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg,accepted an invitation today to travel to India with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel after the boy’s emotion-filled meeting with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi of India, now on a historic three-day trip to Israel. more...


Balaam and Balak: The Full Story

The fascinating story of Balak and Balaam’s failed attempts to curse the Jewish people, in which a talking donkey and a sword-wielding angel also take starring roles. more...

Shabbos Parshas Balak




Friday, July 7
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 8:08 pm | RSVP for All American First Fridays

Shabbos, July 8
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 8:05 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 6
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 9:06 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, July 9
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin  

Tuesday, July 11, Fast of Tammuz 17
Fast Begins at 5:01 am
Parsha Revealed Class at 12:00 pm
Fast Ends at 8:52 pm

Wednesday, July 12
YJP Dinner, Class & Social at 8 pm 
A time to renew: Why we celebrate Rosh Chodesh

Thursday, July 13
Chassidus - Maamar B'yom Ashtei Asar at 12:00 pm lunch hour
Chassidus - Basi Legani 5711 at 8 pm
Rabbi Chaim's Birthday Farbengen for Men at 9 pm 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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