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Mental Health, Optimism & NYC

Thursday, 17 January, 2019 - 11:09 pm

Around Chabad

  • Thanks to Jewish Family Service of Houston, Rabbi Chaim is officially certified as a Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor by the National Council for Behavioral Health! Do you know how to recognize symptoms of mental health? Stay tuned for opportunities to take a course in the Houston area!
  • Check out the many more pics that have been added to the album of last week's ladies dessert & discussion. 
  • This Shabbos we will be celebrating an "ufruf" for the upcoming Rosen wedding of Jon to Ashlyn Eiden as he is called up to the Torah.


  • TEENS Feb 22-24: Only 14 days until registration ends to join Houston teens and thousands from around the world for the CTeen NYC Shabbaton! Register now!
  • YJP March 1-3: Encounter Crwn Hghts, An Immersive Shabbat Experience with a group from Houston joining Young Professionals from everywhere! Register now!

Jewish Calendar Notes

  • This week's Torah reading contains the "song at the sea" sung by the Children of Israel upon their deliverance from the Egyptians, when the Red Sea split to allow them to pass and then drowned their pursuers. Hence this Shabbat is designated as Shabbat Shirah, "Shabbat of song." Our sages tell us that the birds in the sky joined our ancestors in their singing; for this reason it is customary to put out food for the birds for this Shabbat (to avoid the possibility of transgressing the laws of Shabbat, the food should be put out before Shabbat). Links: Parting of the Red SeaMiriam: Tambourines of Rebellion
  • Monday is Tu B'Shevat ("the 15th of Shevat") which marks the beginning of a "New Year for Trees." This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. Legally, the "New Year for Trees" relates to the various tithes that must be separated from produce grown in the Holy Land. We mark the day by eating fruit, particularly from the "Seven Kinds" that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates). On this day we remember that "Man is a tree of the field" (Deuteronomy 20:19) and reflect on the lessons we can derive from our botanical analogue. Link: Learn About Tu B'Shevat



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Shabbos Shira Parshas Beshalach

Friday, January 18
Candle Lighting at 5:29 pm
Mincha Services at 5:30 pm
Study of Timeless lessons of the Rebbe 
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner sponsored by the Rosen family

Shabbos, January 19
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush sponsored by the Rosen family in honor of the the upcoming wedding of Jon & Ashlyn
Mincha at 5:30 pm
Shiur in Halachot
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:26 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, January 20 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, Tu B'Shevat, January 21  - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, January 24 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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