Prof. Weinberger, Study Kabbalah and Shabbat

Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Life & Learning


Dear Friend,

I have very exciting news to share with you: Our new jLearn program will host Prof. Shmuel Weinberger. Shmuel received his PhD in mathematics in 1982 at 19 years old and is currently the chairman of the math department at UofC. What many people do not know about Shmuel is that he is a Torah scholar with a broad interest in many areas of Jewish study.

For the first time since joining the faculty in 1984 (at 21), he will lead a mini series on Jewish thought at Chabad House. Check out for more info. I'd like to thank Professor Weinberger for being so generous with his time, I know the course will be amazing. We look forward to more faculty joining the program.

Welcome to all parents that are in town. Tomorrow evening is Shabbat and of course you are invited and urged to attend and enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner at Chabad House.

Enjoy a home made Shabbat dinner at 7:15pm. Uplifting services at 6:30pm. No cost, RSVP preferred at

What is Kabbalah? You've heard about it, allegedly Madonna reads it. Discover the real Kabbalah in our new course the Kabbalah of YOU. Hint: Madonna is as far from Kabbalah as I am from rock music. Check out the Kabbalah of You at

At Chabad we are taking Jewish learning to a whole new level. Check our our new weekly course - Torah Studies (in addition to The Kabbalah of YOU) that will connect the Torah portion to important issues in life . Click here for more info.

Baila and I wish you a Shabbat Shalom!


Shabbat candles should be lit on Friday, October 26th at 5:42 PM
Shabbat ends on Saturday, October 20th at 6:43 PM



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LIVENING THE HUMAN CORE - Wed 10/31 @ 8pm - community & students

Livening The Human Core
How to Get Up when Life is Down
Material worries cause emotional drain, depleting us of our inner reserves and the conviction to go on. This class introduces profound advice from the prophet Elisha about how to reignite our inner spark

Check out the new class, next Wednesday at 8pm at the Rohr Chabad Center

A man called Moshe is on his deathbed, his three sons are around him. Suddenly he speaks.
"Shimon, are you here?" Shimon replies, "yes father, I'm by your side", "and you, Daniel?" "Yes father, have no fear, I'm here with you" says Daniel, "and Avraham, have you come as well" "yes father, I was always here and always will be." soothes Avraham, to which Moshe responds: "THEN WHO'S WATCHING THE SHOP?"
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G‑d speaks to Abram, commanding him, “ Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” There, G‑d says, he will be made into a great nation. Abram and his wife, Sarai, accompanied by his nephew Lot, journey to the land of Canaan, where Abram builds an altar and continues to spread the message of a one G‑d.

A famine forces the first Jew to depart for Egypt, where beautiful Sarai is taken to Pharaoh’s palace; Abram escapes death because they present themselves as brother and sister. A plague prevents the Egyptian king from touching her, and convinces him to return her to Abram and to compensate the brother-revealed-as-husband with gold, silver and cattle.

Back in the land of Canaan, Lot separates from Abram and settles in the evil city of Sodom, where he falls captive when the mighty armies of Chedorlaomer and his three allies conquer the five cities of the Sodom Valley. Abram sets out with a small band to rescue his nephew, defeats the four kings, and is blessed by Malki-Zedek the king of Salem (Jerusalem).

G‑d seals the Covenant Between the Parts with Abram, in which the exile and persecution (galut) of the people of Israel is foretold, and the Holy Land is bequeathed to them as their eternal heritage.

Still childless ten years after their arrival in the Land, Sarai tells Abram to marry her maidservant Hagar. Hagar conceives, becomes insolent toward her mistress, and then flees when Sarai treats her harshly; an angel convinces her to return, and tells her that her son will father a populous nation. Ishmael is born in Abram’s eighty-sixth year.

Thirteen years later, G‑d changes Abram’s name to Abraham (“father of multitudes”), and Sarai’s to Sarah (“princess”), and promises that a son will be born to them; from this child, whom they should call Isaac (“will laugh”), will stem the great nation with which G‑d will establish His special bond. Abraham is commanded to circumcise himself and his descendants as a “sign of the covenant between Me and you.” Abraham immediately complies, circumcising himself and all the males of his household.

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