Service Times
Service Schedule

Shabbat *Hagadol Parshat Metzora. April 19-20. Nissan 11-12

Services take place at 310 West 71st Street

Candle Lighting 7:22 PM

Shabbat ends 8:25 PM

Friday Night Services

Minchah 7:35 PM followed by Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat Day Services

Talmud Study 9:15 AM

Shacharit: 10:00 AM 

Torah Reading:

Metzora: Leviticus 14:1 - 15:33


Kings II 7:3-20

Kiddush: 12:30 

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Shabbat Afternoon & Halachic Times    

Mincha 7:20 PM

Maariv and Havdalah 8:35 PM

Earliest Tefillin (latest of the week) 5:18 AM
Latest Shema (earliest of the week) 9:24 AM

For all halachic times, see

Yud Alef (11th of) Nissan - The Rebbe's Birthday

Today, April 19, (11 Nissan on the Hebrew calendar), marks 122nd years since the birth of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. For a brief biography and a selection of the Rebbe's teachings and guidance, please visit our site about the Rebbe.

Throughout his lifetime, the Rebbe marked his birthday by redoubling his efforts to reach out to Jews in every corner of the world. As Passover approaches, let’s heed the Rebbe’s call to gather the entire Jewish nation at the Seder table. 

May this day bring blessings to us all, and may we be reunited with the Rebbe very soon with the coming of our righteous Moshiach.


  • On the Shabbat preceding the Exodus, the Jews tied lambs to their beds in preparation for the Passover sacrifice. When the Egyptians asked about this, they were told that G‑d would bring about the final plague of the firstborn. The Egyptian firstborn panicked and, fearing for their lives, asked Pharaoh to finally let the Jews go. When Pharaoh refused, a civil war broke out between Pharaoh and the firstborns, causing many Egyptians to die even before the final plague struck. On the Shabbat preceding Passover, we celebrate this miracle.

  • It is a widespread custom among Jews to read the bulk of the Haggadah on the afternoon of Shabbat HaGadol. We start from Avadim Hayinu, right after Ma Nishtana, and read until Lechaper Al Kol Avonoteinu, at the end of Dayeinu and Al Achat Kamah VeChamah.

  • Nissan Custom - Reciting the Nasi

    One year after the Exodus, during the first 12 days of Nissan, the Mishkan, the portable tabernacle in the desert, was dedicated. Each day, the Nasi or prince of a different tribe brought a special offering as a way of inaugurating the Mishkan for use. During these twelve days, we read the passages in the Torah describing each Nasi's gift. (This section can be found in the Torah, Number 7:1 - 8:4.) Interestingly, these readings make up the Chanukah Torah reading, the time when the Temple was rededicated in the days of the Maccabees. During the first 13 days of Nissan, beginning on Tuesday, April 9, we also add a special prayer to be said after reading the portion each day. A final portion is read on the 13th of Nissan. All of this is printed in the back of the Chabad Siddur, as well as in other Siddurim. It can be said online here.

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