Picking Up the Pieces


Chabad of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter

March 1 2013
Adar 19, 5773
Parshat Ki Tisa
& Parah
A word from the Rabbi 


With great joy & gratitude to Almighty G-d, we wish to announce the Bris Milah (circumcision) ofbaby boy the new baby boy who was born to our dear children Faige Rivka & Rabbi Shmuel Sholom Serebryanski of New Windsor NY. Rabbi Shmuel & Faige Rivka head the Chabad of Eastern Orange County NY.

The Bris will be held G-d willingly on Sunday March 3 @ 12:30 PM at 68 Stewart Ave in Newburgh, NY.



Purim Success!

Walking into this year’s Chabad’s Purim event you actually felt that you were in a sports stadium. Over 200 people attended this year’s Chabad in the Stadium Purim bash which featured a live Megillah reading, a room and tables decorated as a sports field with sports games and Jewish crafts. A “Chassidic rendition” slide show featuring G-d bless America as well as a presentation honoring great American Jewish athletes with a large stadium concession stand featuring a large array of kosher foods including popcorn and cotton candy. Free tickets were given out to the Hudson Valley Renegades upcoming season and the Hoop Wizard put on a great show that kept us all (and the balls) spinning!

purim 3


With the Rabbi and Hindy serving as referres and Rabbi Shmuel as a real sports “nut”, everyone had a real ball and the evening was a real hit and a home run!

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The evening was a joint project of Chabad of Mid Hudson Valley and Chabad of Eastern Orange

Thanks to all our sponsors and to all those who volunteered their time and energy to help make the evening the success it was.

Thank you to all of you!

Nili Raphael

Michael Ben Ezra

Irving and Ines Jacobson

Melissa Foote

The Hudson Valley Renegades

Gilad Isaak

Mimi Schaffer, Tiferet Drori and Chenya Levitin (you were amazing!)

Rabbi Gershon and Simmie Selinger

Peter and Jodi Schwalbe

Mark Pastreich

Michael Ettinger

Dovid & Malka Smetana

Dr & Mrs Richard Diamond

Mayer Gniwich

Stanley Cohn

Gary Gurevits

Friendly Honda

Dr Samuel Book 

A special thank you to Beth Tango, of Video Productions,  for taking magnificent pictures of Chabad’s Purim in the Stadium!


To book your future simcha please contact Beth at Bethvideo@mac.com 

To view the full album of pictures from Purim please click below:



Shabbat Services: 10:00 AM. Please join us for Shabbat Services followed by a kiddush & famous Cholent by the famous chef Manny Markus.


Chabad Hebrew School:  Sunday’s 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM.



pesach 2013

Torah woman study
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Join us for a weekly Women’s study group exploring the world of Prayer and its meaning and purpose in our lives. Gain a deeper understanding into the significance of our daily and Shabbat Prayers. Learn about the special relationship  between prayer and women.  Coffee, tea and snacks will be served.
When: Wednesday Mornings, 10:00 AM 
Instructor: Hindy Borenstein
Class will take place at the home of Hindy Borenstein, 36 Pleasant Ridge Dr., P’ok.
Let us know you are coming by calling 463-5801 or e-mail chabadmidhudsonvly@prodigy.net.
Dear Friends,

It’s too late. I’m too far gone. It’ll never be the same. How many times have we heard those words? Or, worse still, said them?

This week’s Parshah tells the story of the Golden Calf, the worst national sin in the history of the Jewish people. Frankly, if I were the editor of the Bible I’d have left that part out. How humiliating to the Jews! Just weeks after the greatest revelation of all time, when they saw and heard G-d up front and personal, they go and bow down to a cow?! How fickle can you get? But the Torah is unflinchingly honest and records this most unflattering moment of ours in all its gory detail.


Perhaps the very important lessons we need to draw from this embarrassing episode are, firstly, that people do sin, human beings do make mistakes, and even inspired Jews who saw the divine with their own eyes can mess up — badly. And, secondly, that even afterwards there is still hope, no matter what.

In the very same Parshah we read how G-d tells Moses to carve a second set of tablets, to replace the first set he smashed when he came down the mountain and was shocked by what the Jews were up to. (Sort of “You broke them, you fix them” — like the guy who fell asleep during the rabbi’s sermon and the rabbi tells the shamash to go and wake the fellow up. The shamash says, “Rabbi, you put him to sleep, you wake him up!”) The Torah does not intend to diminish our respect for that generation, but rather to help us understand human frailty, our moral weakness and the reality of relationships, spiritual or otherwise.

G-d gave us a perfect Torah. The tablets were hand-made by G-d, pure and sacred, and then we messed up. So is it all over? Is there really no hope now? Are we beyond redemption? After all, what could possibly be worse than idolatry? We broke the first two commandments and the tablets were shattered into smithereens because we were no longer worthy to have them. It was the ultimate infidelity.

So Torah teaches that all is not lost. As bad as it was — and it was bad — it is possible for man to repair the damage. Moses will make new tablets. They won’t be quite the same as G-d’s, but there will be Tablets nonetheless. We can pick up the pieces.

I once heard a colleague speak about the significance of breaking the glass under the chupah (wedding canopy). Besides never forgetting Jerusalem and praying for her full restoration, this ceremony teaches a very important lesson about life to a bride and groom who are about to embark on their own new path in life. What happens immediately after the groom breaks the glass? Everyone shouts “Mazel Tov!” The message is clear. Something broke? Nu, it’s not the end of the world. We can even laugh about it and still be happy. Nisht geferlich. Lo nora. This too shall pass. A very practical, peace-keeping tip for the new couple.

There are most definitely second chances in life. It is possible to pick up the pieces in life. Whether it’s our relationships with G-d, our marriage partners, our kids or our colleagues, we can make amends and repair the damage.

If the Jews could recover from the Golden Calf, our own challenges are small indeed.

Shabbat Shalom, 


Rabbi Yacov & Hindy Borenstein


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