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High Holidays

Preparations are underway for High Holiday services while taking into account medical recommendations. We will have limited spaces available to allow for the social distancing required. 

Attendance will be available by RSVP only. 

 In addition, Shofar blowing will be available outdoors at scheduled times. 

Details will be sent out this week with the option to reserve. 

Chabad House Happenings

 Dear Friends,

I received this thought in my inbox today and thought I would share: 

Imagine it's the year 2033. Covid has changed America forever. People have not gathered in large groups for 13 years. All children go to school online. All parties are on Zoom. It has been this way for 13 years. Now imagine that you're the parent of a bar-mitzvah boy. Your son has been preparing for a year to read the Torah to his friends and family over Zoom. The day arrives, you turn on Zoom, and he does his thing. Everyone is clapping and singing, congratulations are offered. Toasts are made. Your son, the bar mitzvah boy, is beaming. You've never seen him so happy. Nothing takes away from his joy on this day. And why shouldn't he jubilant? He has never known anything else. He was raised in a Covid world, where everything is done online. He's been looking forward to his Zoom bar-mitzvah for years. This is how it's done. He has no memory of the world before Covid. But you, his parent, while proud and celebratory, find yourself hiding in the bathroom on this day, more than once, and quietly weeping for what once was. You cry not only because your son cannot have a 'normal' bar-mitzvah (your normal, not his), but also because your son does not even know that he is missing anything. So far removed is he from that reality, that he acts as if everything is as it should be; only you know that something is very wrong. The tragedy of the day is not that your son cannot have a real bar mitzvah. The tragedy is that he doesn't even know what that is.

Guess what? We are that boy. We were raised in the diaspora; we never had the Temple, the sacrifices, prophecy, the feeling of God's presence, never kept all the laws related to the land of Israel, etc. We go about our business as if this is Judaism, as if this is how it's supposed to be, as if this is how it's always been and how it always will be. But, the truth is, we've been in lockdown for 2000 years. For 2000 years our Judaism and our God has had to wear a mask. For 2000 years we have been socially distanced from Hashem. We are that happy bar-mitzvah boy who celebrates as if this is all there is; but, really, we have no idea what good is. We have no idea what God is.

Of course, I'm exaggerating a bit to make a point. We do know more than that boy in the story. Part of the genius of the Jewish people--and a key to our survival--is our memory. We remember what we never even experienced. We even have memories of the future. (That's right! Through learning the Prophets, the future becomes a memory.) We have never become complacent. We have never forgotten that there is so much more than this. How have we done this? Through education, rituals, mitzvot, and through our prayers, which are filled with references to the Temple, the Redemption, and the yearning for the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Am Yisrael is amazing. We've managed to live our lives in lockdown, but we never let ourselves accept lockdown. We never settled for lockdown. Every day we prayed for more. Every day we prayed for a return to normal. We rejoice. We make lavish bar-mitzvahs. But, always, in the midst of our joy, we remember Jerusalem. We never let ourselves forget that there is more than this. Only Am Yisrael can do this. Only Am Yisrael can dance in prison and still strive to get out of prison. We will do it, b'ezrat Hashem; because we know that this is not the way it's supposed to be.

May Am Yisrael be freed from its 2000-year lockdown soon in our days!

Chabad House Happenings

Dear Friends,

As the Covid cases continue to spread across Houston and Harris County, we have made the difficult, but necessary decision to suspend shul once more in the interest of protecting the vulnerable population at Aishel House and those of our congregation who are over 65. 

We hope you enjoyed the online resources and links that we sent you earlier this week so you can have an uplifting day of Gimmel Tammuz.

Looking forward to the day when the virus is no longer a threat and when can resume our normal activities.

Until then,

Gut Shabbos!

Rabbi Lazer & Rochel Lazaroff 

We're back!

 Dear Friends,

What a few months these have been! In just a few months, so much of what we took for granted has changed. With all the societal upheaval it seems like the fabric of America is fraying at the seams.

The Rebbe, whose yahrtzeit is this week Thursday on Gimmel Tammuz taught us how to find the positive in everything that occurs in the world around us. I am certain that if we connect with the Rebbe's teachings found in the links of today's email, we can find the strength to weather any storm including the current events.

Here at Aishel House patients and their families are being cared for with the appropiate safety procedures in place. For the past month we have also resurmed twice daily services in shul with face masks. You are welcome to join us anytime!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Rabbi Lazer & Rochel Lazaroff 

Chabad House Happenings

Pesach in Quarantine

This year, we will be celebrating Pesach like the original Pesach, quarantined in our homes while a plague rages outside. Each family in their own homes celebrating their impending freedom. 

May this be the last Pesach in exile and may we celebrate the ultimate redemption for the entire world very soon! 

Sale of Chometz - Purchase of Shmurah Matzah
To authorize the sale of your chometz, please go to www.chabadtmc.org/pesach to fill out the form. Forms must be completed by April 8, 8:00 AM.

Chabad House Happenings

Guest Speaker this Shabbos Day Kiddush! 
From Ghetto to Quantum Physic

We welcome a special guest, Dr. David Imbo, who will share his inspiring story and insights. This lecture is fully sponsored. No charge! Come and enjoy a great kiddush lunch and be inspired!

Purim!
It is time to celebrate! RSVP for an exciting "Purim in the Art Studio" with great art projects for the kids AND great food and open bar on Purim afternoon. For more details and to RSVP click here or go to www.chabadtmc.org

Megillah, Megillah, Megillah!
Need to hear the Megillah? We've got you covered in the Medical Center. We will be reading megillah all day. For the full megillah schedule at TMC, click here. 

Chabad House Happenings

 Children's Shabbaton This Week!
Special children's programming Friday night and Shabbos day. To rsvp, send email to dina@aishelhouse.org

Aishel House Gala Benefit 
Get ready for the annual Aishel House Gala Benefit! Tickets on sale now at benefit.aishelhouse.org

Chabad House Happenings

Fall JLI Course 6 Wednesdays beginning this week November 6!
Worrier to Warrior
Who wouldn't want to feel consistently happy, self-assured and enthusiastic? This course will teach you how! Click here to register. 

Chabad House Happenings

Reserve today Yom Kippur! 
Join Chabad and Aishel House for  meaningful and inspiring High Holiday services at no charge! It's your birthright! Reservations not necessary - but appreciated. Click here to reserve.

Dinner Under the Stars 
We are getting ready for Sukkos! Are you? Reserve your place for Dinner Under the Stars at Aishel House! Click here to reserve.

Chabad House Happenings

Reserve today for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur! 
Join Chabad and Aishel House for  meaningful and inspiring High Holiday services at no charge! It's your birthright! Reservations not necessary - but appreciated. Click here to reserve.

You are also welcome to join the families of Aishel House for Rosh Hashana dinners! Click here to reserve for meals. 

Dinner Under the Stars 
We are getting ready for Sukkos! Are you? Reserve your place for Dinner Under the Stars at Aishel House! Click here to reserve.

Chabad House Happenings

Sweet Beginnings: An Evening of Torah Study and Culinary Delight
Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 PM - For Women

Explore a Jewish New Year topic of your choice and sample delicious featured dishes! At Aishel House. In conjunction with the Chabad Centers of Greater Houston. 

Cost: $15 ($20 at door). To RSVP click here

High Holidays are around the corner! 
Join Chabad and Aishel House for  meaningful and inspiring High Holiday services at no charge! It's your birthright! Reservations not necessary - but appreciated. Click here to reserve.

You are also welcome to join the families of Aishel House for Rosh Hashana dinners! Click here to reserve for meals. 

Chabad House Happenings

Sweet Beginnings: An Evening of Torah Study and Culinary Delight
Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 PM - For Women

Explore a Jewish New Year topic of your choice and sample delicious featured dishes! At Aishel House. In conjunction with the Chabad Centers of Greater Houston. 

Cost: $15 ($20 at door). To RSVP click here. 

Chabad House Happenings

Shabbos Chazon & Tisha B'Av
This year, Tisha B'Av is on Shabbos, so the fast and many of the mourning practices are postponed to Sunday. For a guide of practices in these circumstances, click here.

See our calendar of scheduled events for this weekend's prayer schedule. 

Chabad House Happenings

Fast of 17 Tammuz Schedule
As the 17 of Tammuz is on Shabbos this year, the fast is postponed to Sunday. 
Fast begins: 5:08 AM
Shacharis and Torah Reading: 8:30 AM
Mincha and Torah Reading: 7:45 PM
Fast Ends: 8:48 PM 

Chabad House Happenings

Gimmel Tammuz
This Shabbos, we will commemorate the 25th yahrtzeit of the Rebbe with a special Shabbos of inspiration. Wherever we may be, we can tap into the energy of the day, gain inspiration from the Rebbe to change the world for the better. 

At Chabad - Aishel House we will join together to learn and farbreng and inspire one another. Join us!

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