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bless the moon this week

Friday, 6 September, 2019 - 10:44 am

SEPT 6, TONIGHT: Italian Themed Shabbat -  YJP Houston First Fridays

Sanctification of the Moon: Once a month, as the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called  Kiddush Levanah, "the sanctification of the moon," praising the Creator for His wondrous work we call astronomy. Kiddush Levanah is recited after nightfall, usually on Saturday night. The blessing is concluded with songs and dancing, because our nation is likened to the moon—as it waxes and wanes, so have we throughout history. When we bless the moon, we renew our trust that very soon, the light of G‑d's presence will fill all the earth and our people will be redeemed from exile. Though Kiddush Levanah can be recited as early as three days after the moon's rebirth, the kabbalah tells us it is best to wait a full week, till the seventh of the month. Once 15 days have passed, the moon begins to wane once more and the season for saying the blessing has passed. Links: Kiddush Levana: Sanctification of the Moon, Brief Guide to Kiddush Levanah: Thank G‑d for the Moon!

It is the time when we have our annual optional Shul membership drive! Services at Chabad are free, where no tickets, membership or affiliation necessary! However, by joining our optional membership, it allows us to afford the freedom of an open door policy and keep our programs going! Your membership includes two reserved seats for services.


  • SEPT 18: Ladies Sweet Beginnings - An Evening of Torah Study and Culinary Delight for women, hosted by Aishel House in partnership with all Chabad Centers of Houston -
  • SEPT 22: (AKA Sat. night Sept. 21) Selichot 1:15 am
  • SEPT 29: Rosh Hashana followed by the month of holidays! All the information has been posted to

Thank you Megasystems Security for our recent security upgrades and for donating the paint job on the lounge ceiling that was highly needed!

Mazel tov Dr. Naomi & Elchonon Reizes on the birth of a baby boy!


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Shabbos Parshas Shoftim

Friday, September 6
Candle Lighting & MIncha at 7:20 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
RSVP for First Fridays Italian Themed Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, September 7
Chassidus at 9:00 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:20 pm
Ethics of of Fathers, Chapter 6
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:13 pm
Kiddush Levana
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

Sunday, Sept. 8 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = bagels, lox & tefillin
Monday, Sept. 9 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, Sept. 12 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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