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Message from the Rabbi
 

“Happy New Year,” sings the lady behind the checkout. “Happy New Year,” chime in the people on the radio, the nice fellow jogging by my house, and just about every other person I met this week.

When I hear this, I think to myself: this is what the world is going to sound like in the days before Rosh Hashanah when Moshiach comes. Everyone will recognize that G‑d is King, and that it is He who decides what the coming year will bring for them on Rosh Hashanah. “Leshanah Tovah” (“Happy New Year”), everyone will wish each other then.

So when I return the wishes offered, I think: May this year indeed be a happy one for you. Not just because of the parties you attended or because of the nice bonus you got from work, but because G‑d will have granted you another precious year in which to serve Him and make His world a better place.

Happy New Year!

 
Quiz Night! January 20th!  
 

10th ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT & SILENT AUCTION

benefit for the Pre-School

SATURDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 20th at 8:00 PM

Fancy Desserts, Silent Auction, and a Quiz

More info to come — watch this space!

Video of the Week  
 

The Tightrope Walker   (2:19)

Resuming Tomorrow: Torah and Tea for Ladies  
 

Thursday mornings, 11:30am to 12:30pm in the shul library, starting January 4.

Join us as we explore the Torah Portion through the lens of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons.

Questions? Comments?  Email Raizel!

Mind2Mind Resuming Next Wednesday  
 

Wednesday Evenings 8-9 PM the spirit of millennia of Jewish literature and scholarship will fill Chabad of Northern Virginia. It's Mind2Mind — Your Way!

There will be various learning options.

Hot tea, coffee and refreshments will be available for all participants.

Starting Jan 10th — More details forthcoming

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Torah Discussion - Thursday Nights  
 

Thursday Nights - 8:00 pm

An inspirational weekly discussion on the Torah portion including both captivating insights into the parsha, and practical advice, led by Rabbi Deitsch

Service Times For the Next Week  
 

                                                                                                                             
 
 
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax, VA [Based on Zip Code 22031]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Jan 5
4:43 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Jan 6
5:46 pm
Torah Portion: Shemot
 
 
Kiddush

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Icovic family on the occasion of a bar mitzvah!

MAZEL TOV!

Consider marking an occasion!  Go online here, or call the office!

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Torah and Tea
Jan. 4, 2018 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us in the shul library as we exokire the Torah Portion through the lense of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons. Led by Rebbitzen Raizel Deitsch
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Jan. 4, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
Kiddush Sponsor: Icovic
Jan. 6, 2018
Bar Mitzvah
Mind2Mind Learning
Jan. 10, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Learning — your choice. Bring a sefer, join a group, or choose your own topic.
Torah and Tea
Jan. 11, 2018 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us in the shul library as we exokire the Torah Portion through the lense of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons. Led by Rebbitzen Raizel Deitsch
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Jan. 11, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
Mind2Mind Learning
Jan. 17, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Learning — your choice. Bring a sefer, join a group, or choose your own topic.
Torah and Tea
Jan. 18, 2018 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us in the shul library as we exokire the Torah Portion through the lense of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons. Led by Rebbitzen Raizel Deitsch
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Jan. 18, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
Kiddush Sponsor: Deichman & Hofstetter
Jan. 20, 2018
Deichman: Completion of the Talmud Bavli Series; Hofstetter: Yahrzeit of Melinda's father of blessed memory, Tzalman ben Benyamin.
Annual Quiz Night & Silent Auction
Jan. 20, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10th Annual fundraiser to benefit Gan Israel Preschool
More Info »
JLI: Communication: Its Art and Soul
Jan. 22, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The rise of the internet, mobile phones, and social media has completely changed the way we relate, interact, and communicate with one another—and it’s high time we reclaim this lost art.

In Jewish philosophy, communication is more than just a tool: it is who we are. Humans are defined as communicative beings with a communicative soul, and aligning ourselves with this soul is our raison d’être.

In Communication: Its Art and Soul, we contrast Jewish thought with scientific discovery to unearth the essence of communication and how to utilize its powers to better ourselves, our relationships, and all of society

More Info »
Mind2Mind Learning
Jan. 24, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Learning — your choice. Bring a sefer, join a group, or choose your own topic.
Torah and Tea
Jan. 25, 2018 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us in the shul library as we exokire the Torah Portion through the lense of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons. Led by Rebbitzen Raizel Deitsch
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Jan. 25, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
 
 
Daily Quote
Anger will kill a fool
Daily Thought
Redefining the Past

Nothing can hold you back—not your childhood, not the history of a lifetime, not even the very last moment before now. In a moment you can abandon your past. And once abandoned, you can redefine it.

If the past was a ring of futility, let it become a wheel of yearning that drives you forward. If the past was a brick wall, let it become a dam to unleash your power.

The very first step of change is so powerful, the boundaries of time fall aside. In one bittersweet moment, the sting of the past is dissolved and its honey salvaged.

 
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The Jewish Calendar
  Wednesday Tevet 16 | January 3
  Thursday Tevet 17 | January 4
Today in Jewish History1st NY Synagogue (1728)
Today in Jewish HistoryToldot Aaron (1754)
Today in Jewish HistoryMaggid of Dubne (1841)
  Friday Tevet 18 | January 5
Today in Jewish HistoryHuna Killed (469)
Today in Jewish HistoryB'nei Yissachar (1841)
  Shabbat Tevet 19 | January 6
Today in Jewish HistoryJudah Touro (1854)
  Sunday Tevet 20 | January 7
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Maimonides (1204)
Today in Jewish HistoryPrinting of Talmud (1483)
  Monday Tevet 21 | January 8
Today in Jewish HistoryShimon Born (1567 BCE)
  Tuesday Tevet 22 | January 9
Today in Jewish HistoryPurim of the Curtains (1623)
  Wednesday Tevet 23 | January 10
Today in Jewish HistoryPortuguese Expulsion (1496)
  Thursday Tevet 24 | January 11
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1812)
Today in Jewish HistorySafed Earthquake (1837)
Today in Jewish HistoryMt. Sinai Hospital (1852)
  Friday Tevet 25 | January 12
Today in Jewish HistoryChovat Halevavot published (1559)
  Shabbat Tevet 26 | January 13
Today in Jewish HistorySicilian Jews Forced to Wear Jewish Badges (1369)
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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Shemot

The children of Israel multiply in Egypt. Threatened by their growing numbers, Pharaoh enslaves them and orders the Hebrew midwives, Shifrah and Puah, to kill all male babies at birth. When they do not comply, he commands his people to cast the Hebrew babies into the Nile.

A child is born to Yocheved, the daughter of Levi, and her husband, Amram, and placed in a basket on the river, while the baby’s sister, Miriam, stands watch from afar. Pharaoh’s daughter discovers the boy, raises him as her son, and names him Moses.

As a young man, Moses leaves the palace and discovers the hardship of his brethren. He sees an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, and kills the Egyptian. The next day he sees two Jews fighting; when he admonishes them, they reveal his deed of the previous day, and Moses is forced to flee to Midian. There he rescues Jethro’s daughters, marries one of them ( Tzipporah), and becomes a shepherd of his father-in-law’s flocks.

G‑d appears to Moses in a burning bush at the foot of Mount Sinai, and instructs him to go to Pharaoh and demand: “ Let My people go, so that they may serve Me.” Moses’ brother, Aaron, is appointed to serve as his spokesman. In Egypt, Moses and Aaron assemble the elders of Israel to tell them that the time of their redemption has come. The people believe; but Pharaoh refuses to let them go, and even intensifies the suffering of Israel.

Moses returns to G‑d to protest: “ Why have You done evil to this people?” G‑d promises that the redemption is close at hand.