Pastoral Services

Pastoral Services

Shabbat services

Are you visiting someone on Shabbat? Someone in the family is giving birth?

We are here for you!!! Please join our Shabbat Minyan services, we will be more than happy to help you with anything needed. From electric candle lights, to Kiddush, “Mi Sheberach”, a prayer and “Havdalah”.

Here is our schedule and we will be more than happy to answer any other religious related question you might have.

SHABBAT Services
Where?
At the Chapel
Pav. B (6th floor)

When ?
Friday night
Mincha Maariv
at candle lighting time
Samedi / Saturday
Chassidus & Coffee 9:15 am
Shachrit 10:15am
followed by Kiddush
Mincha Maariv
at candle lighting time
followed by Havdallah

For more information
Rabbi Hetsroni 514-966-6770

Chanukkah: why we celebrate

Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.

The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple.

In the second century BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance and belief in G‑d. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G‑d.

When they sought to light the Temple's Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks. Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.

To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Chanukah.
At the heart of the festival is the nightly menorah lighting. The menorah holds nine flames, one of which is the Shamash (“attendant”), which is used to kindle the other eight lights. On the first night, we light just one flame. On the second night, an additional flame is lit. By the eighth night of Chanukah, all eight lights are kindled.