News from Chabad Lubavitch of Mid Hudson Valley April 1, 2011

Chabad Lubavitch of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter

Friday, April 1, 2011

Adar 2 26, 5771

Parshat Tazriah


Parshat Hachod

A word from the Rabbi
An evening of Heroism and Inspiration – April 4

In tribute to the inspiration and courage of Jewish women and the indomitable spirit of Holocaust Survivors, The Jewish Women’s Circle of Mid Hudson Valley will be hosting an evening of Inspiration and Hope with Joanne Caras, author of the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook on Monday, April 4 at 7:30 pm at the home of Sheri Raften, 43 Saddlerock Rd, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.


It’s not too late to RSVP. Please call Sherry at 462-0849.

Chabad of Mid Hudson Valley will once again, as they have done for over two decades, be hosting two Community Family Seders on the first two, open to the entire Jewish community.
The first Seder will be held on Monday, April 18 at 7:00 PM and the second Seder on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:45 PM.
The Seders, conducted in both Hebrew and English, will be interactive and integrate Chassidic tales, Jewish humor, songs and spiritual insights, as well as a special activity for children.
A festive full course dinner will be served in a warm and friendly atmosphere. You and your family or friends will enjoy a relaxing and meaningful Seder to belong remembered.
To make the Seder a frue family experience, the Seders will be led by Rabbi and Hindy Borenstein at their home, at 36 Pleasant Ridge Dr, in Poughkeepsie. Anyone is welcome to attend and be a part of our family.
A requested donation of $36 per person and $18 per child is requested to help cover the  cost of the Seder, however no one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
Reservations are requested as soon as possible by calling Chabad at 463-5801 or e-mail
Please mail in your reservation and payment to Chabad of Mid Hudson Valley, 63 Vassar Rd., Pok, matzahN.Y. 12603
Chabad provides Matzah, wine and other Passover necessities to many Jews in need.
Sponsors are urgently needed to help us cover these important community needs. Sponsors in the amount of $100, $180, $560 or any amount you can give are urgently needed and will be greatly appreciated. Kindly send in your Passover donations to Chabad of Mid Hudson Valley at 63 Vassar Rd., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603
SELLING CHAMETZAnyone wishing to sell their chametz, order hand-made Shmura Matzah or kosher for Passover wines or for any Passover needs, call Chabad at 463-5801 or e-mail

Come and Rap with the Rabbi at a Pre-Passover workshop dealing with the what’s, how’s and why’s, as well as spiritual insights into Passover and the Seder.
All welcome. Free of charge.
When? Monday, April 11
Where? Chabad Center, 63 Vassar Rd.,Poughkeepsie
Who? Rabbi Yacov Borenstein
For more information,check our website at or e-mail
Thank you again to Beth and Jedd Tango for all the magnificient pictures and slide show as well as to our generous sponsors who enable us to bring you such a wonderful Purim event!
purim purim

To view the complete set of pictures on “Purim in the Orient” please click below:
To view a video of the Purim Bash please click below:
Shabbat Services: 10:00 AM followed by a kiddush.
hebrew school
Hebrew School:Sunday Morning – Hebrew School classes from 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM.

Tea & Torah: A warm, informal class taught by Hindy Borenstein that covers relevant topics from the weekly Torah portionor other timely events and issues antead how they relate to our personal lives. Wednesday Mornings from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Location: Chabad Center, 63 Vassar Rd, Poughkeepsie

Assorted teas/coffee and pastries will be served.

Dear Friends:

And G-d spoke to Moses, saying: “A woman who shall conceive and give birth…” (Leviticus 12:1-2).
It happens 250 times a minute, almost 15,000 times every hour. It happens after years of effort and anticipation, or “by accident.” It occurs on every socio-economic level in every country and village in the world. But no matter how frequently it transpires, no matter how commonplace an event it is, we always stand back in awe and say: a miracle.

That one being should give birth to, should create, another. If there is any area in which a creature emulates its Creator–if there is any act by which we express the spark of divinity at our core–it is the miracle of birth.

Yet it is in this, the most G-dly of our achievements, that we also most reveal the limitations of our individuality. Feeding, sleeping, thinking, producing a work of art or building a house–virtually everything we do, we can do on our own. But giving birth to a child is something we can only do together with another person. To give birth, we must cease to be an entity unto ourselves and become a part, a component, of a community of two.

Because if we are only what we are, we are most decidedly not divine. As beings unto ourselves, we are finite and self-absorbed things, manufacturers rather than creators. To create, we must rise above our individuality. To actualize our divine essence, we must transcend the bounds of self.

It is the woman, not the man, who gives birth. It is the woman who is most fulfilled in parenthood, and who most acutely feels the lack when parenthood is denied her. It is the woman who continues to mother her child long after the man has fathered it. It is the woman, according to Torah law, who exclusively determines the spiritual identity of her child.

Because it is the woman who most surrenders her selfhood to create life. She is the passive and receptive element in the procreation process. For nine months, her very body ceases to be hers alone as it bears and nurtures another life. So it is the woman, rather than the man, who “conceives and gives birth,” and to whom motherhood is a state of being, rather than an “achievement” or “experience.”
Yet everyone can become a “mother.” What comes naturally to the female half of creation can be learned and assimilated by all, and not only in giving birth to children but in every one of life’s endeavors. We all have the power to recognize that there is more to our existence than the narrow confines of individual identity.

We all have the power to become more than we are and to do more than we can–by becoming receptive to the divine essence that underlies the self and pervades the whole of existence.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi & Mrs Yacov Borenstein

The Rebbe

To learn more about the Rebbe, click on the picture above.

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Friday, April 1
Candle lighting at 7:03 PM
Shabbat ends at 8:04 PM
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2 Responses to News from Chabad Lubavitch of Mid Hudson Valley April 1, 2011

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