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Purim Starts Wednesday Night!

Wednesday Feb 28, 6-8 PM

  • Megillah reading
  • Break fast
  • Community Purim celebration at the Chabad Community Campus

 


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PURIM SCHEDULE

  • Wednesday Evening: 6:25 pm Ma'ariv followed by Megillah Reading (approx 6:45 pm), with snacks and refreshments
  • Thursday, 6:50 am Shacharis, followed by Megillah Reading (approx 7:30 am)
  • 10:30 am, Megilla Reading and Party for the Pre-School (??)
  • 5:00 pm, Megilla Reading and Purim Party in Gainesville (??)
  • 5:30 pm, Fairfax Megilla Reading at the JCC
  • 6:30 pm, Purim Party at the JCC

 

Message from the Rabbi
 

Did you know that this week we celebrate a birthday? Yes, it is the birthday of Moses, the wise and faithful shepherd who led our people out of Egypt and gave us the Torah. It’s also the day that he passed away—exactly 120 years later. In fact, it’s because Moses lived that long that we Jews customarily wish each other to live 120 years.

But longevity alone is not enough. Like cash, time must be well spent. Think of Moses. He began his career as national leader at the ripe old age of 80. When his peers were deep into retirement (and possibly zipping around the pyramids in golf carts), Moses knew that there was so much more for him to do.

Like Moses, let us make sure that we make the most of our time on earth, regardless of our age and stage.

 
Fast of Esther - Wednesday, Feb 28 - And the Giving of the "Half Shekel"  
 

Haman’s “Final Solution” was scheduled for the 13th of Adar. Instead, Haman was hanged, and by royal decree the Jews mobilized in self-defense and successfully defended themselves against all attacks. On the next day, the 14th of Adar, the Jews rested, savored their miraculous salvation, and established the holiday of Purim.

Whenever in peril, we are commanded to institute a fast day to repent, pray, and ask for Divine mercy. Thus the 13th of Adar, the day of battle, was a day of fasting

The fast — which is observed today by all adults (i.e., over bar or bat mitzvah age) — is in commemoration of the three-day fast called at Esther's behest before she risked her life to appear unsummoned before King Achashveirosh to save the Jewish people from Haman's evil decree (as related in the Book of Esther, chapter 4). The fast also commemorates Esther's fasting on the 13th of Adar, as the Jews fought their enemies (see "Today in Jewish History" for Adar 13). No food or drink is partaken of from daybreak to nightfall (5:20 am to 6:28 pm). Pregnant or nursing woman or people in ill health are exempted from fasting.

Special Mincha time of 5:15 pm on Wednesday, followed by Ma'ariv.


The Half Shekel

In commemoration of the half shekel contributed by each Jew to the Holy Temple — and which the Talmud credits as having counteracted the 10,000 silver coins Haman gave to King Ahasuerus to obtain the royal decree calling for the extermination of the Jewish people — it is customary to give three coins in "half denomination" (e.g., the half-dollar coins) to charity on the afternoon of the Fast of Esther.  ( In our shul, plates are set out with silver half-dollars, so that all can purchase them to use in observance of this custom).

Links: The Mystical Significance of the half-shekel

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The lessons we can learn from the Holocaust

3 Mondays starting March 5 — 7pm to 8pm
 

Unlike most Holocaust courses that tend to focus on the actual history of this atrocity, this course explores and analyses how the Holocaust matters to us today: personally, theologically, and psychologically. 

Instructor:
Rabbi Leibel Fajnland

Fee:
per person - $45.00  (includes textbook and material)

 
 
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Torah and Tea for Ladies - Will resume March 22  
 

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

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

Our new session starts on Thursday, March 22, with a focus on Pesach.

Questions? Comments?  Email Raizel!

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

Spend Shabbat in Crown Heights!  
 

 

Highlight
  • A visit to 770, the Rebbe’s house, and the Ohel
  • A tour of the Crown Heights neighborhood
  • Uplifting chassidic gatherings
  • Insightful talks, group learning and discussions
  • Meet inspiring personalities
  • Gourmet kosher cuisine 
Cost: $240 per person Register Today ShabbatinTheHeights.com

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Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax, VA [Based on Zip Code 22031]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Feb 23
5:37 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Feb 24
6:36 pm
Torah Portion: Tetzaveh
 
 
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Upcoming Events
JLI: Communication: Its Art and Soul
Feb. 26, 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

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Megillah Reading
Feb. 28, 2018 - 6:25 pm - 8:00 pm
Ma'ariv followed by Megillah Reading (approx 6:45 pm), with snacks and refreshments
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Purim Party! Under the Sea
Mar. 1, 2018 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Megilla Reading, Purim Party, Bubble Show, and More!
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JLI: Beyond Never Again
Mar. 5, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Unlike most Holocaust courses that tend to focus on the actual history of this atrocity, this course explores and analyses how the Holocaust matters to us today: personally, theologically, and psychologically.
More Info »
JLI: Beyond Never Again
Mar. 12, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Unlike most Holocaust courses that tend to focus on the actual history of this atrocity, this course explores and analyses how the Holocaust matters to us today: personally, theologically, and psychologically.
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Family Muscial Shabbat
Mar. 16, 2018 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bring in Shabbat with Music, led by Rabbis Adler and Tonti. Music followed by a light dinner.
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Kiddush: Scout Shabbat
Mar. 17, 2018
Scout Shabbat
JLI: Beyond Never Again
Mar. 19, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Unlike most Holocaust courses that tend to focus on the actual history of this atrocity, this course explores and analyses how the Holocaust matters to us today: personally, theologically, and psychologically.
More Info »
Torah and Tea
Mar. 22, 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. This week — a special session on Pesach! Led by Rebbitzen Raizel Deitsch
 
 
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Seek G‑d when He may be found, call upon Him when He is near.
Daily Thought
Joy Unleashed

There are many kinds of barriers:
Barriers between people.
Barriers that prevent you from doing good things.
Barriers of your own mind and your own hesitations.
Barriers from within and barriers from without.
There are barriers that exist simply because you are a limited being.

Joy breaks down all barriers.

 
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Zachor
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  Sunday Adar 10 | February 25
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  Tuesday Adar 12 | February 27
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  Friday Adar 15 | March 2
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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Tetzaveh

G‑d tells Moses to receive from the children of Israel pure olive oil to feed the “ everlasting flame” of the menorah, which Aaron is to kindle each day, “from evening till morning.”

The priestly garments, to be worn by the kohanim (priests) while serving in the Sanctuary, are described. All kohanim wore: 1) the ketonet—a full-length linen tunic; 2) michnasayim—linen breeches; 3) mitznefet or migba’at—a linen turban; 4) avnet—a long sash wound above the waist.

In addition, the kohen gadol (high priest) wore: 5) the efod—an apron-like garment made of blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool, linen and gold thread; 6) the choshen—a breastplate containing twelve precious stones inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; 7) the me’il—a cloak of blue wool, with gold bells and decorative pomegranates on its hem; 8) the tzitz—a golden plate worn on the forehead, bearing the inscription “Holy to G‑d.”

Tetzaveh also includes G‑d’s detailed instructions for the seven-day initiation of Aaron and his four sons— Nadav, Avihu, Elazar and Itamar—into the priesthood, and for the making of the golden altar, on which the ketoret (incense) was burned.