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The Nine Days and Tisha B'Av...  

Tisha B'Av: July 21-22

What is Tisha B'av?

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar is the Ninth of Av, "Tisha b'Av," the date on which both our Holy Temples were destroyed, and exile, persecution and spiritual darkness began.

Tisha b'Av starts at sundown of the eighth of Av and lasts till the following nightfall (although this year, the 9th of Av falls on a Shabbat, it is pushed off, and starts Saturday night). During this time-period we fast, eschew pleasurable activities and amenities, and lament the destruction of the Holy Temple and our nation’s exile.

It is a tradition, however, that Tisha b'Av is also the birthday of our Redeemer. This symbolizes the idea that from the ashes of the destroyed temple will rise an incomparably magnificent edifice; exile will give birth to redemption. Thus Tisha b’Av is also a day of anticipation and hope, for "One who mourns Jerusalem will merit seeing her happiness."


Shabbat and Tisha B'Av Schedule:

Friday night: Mincha/Ma'ariv: 8:20 pm

Shabbat morning: Regular start time: 9:30 am
Mincha after Kiddush at 2:15 pm
Then we go home and eat until 8:30 pm — the fast starts at 8:30 pm
Still at home, Shabbat ends at 9:16 pm
Then say Baruch Hamavdil Bein Kodesh L'chol; take off your leather shoes right after Shabbos and put on your leather-less shoes.

Shabbat (Saturday) evening, July 21, Tisha B'Av eve
Maariv & Eicha: 9:30 pm
Special Program: 10:30 pm

[Insert the name of some program here]

A video presentation by Rabbi YY Jacobson (?? I"m just guessing)


Sunday, July 22, Tisha B'Av

Shachrit (No Tallit and Tefillin): 8:20 am
Mincha (with Tallit and Tefillin): 7:45 pm
Maariv, Havdalah, Break-Fast: 9:00 pm

Halachic Times
Fast Begins: 8:30 pm Saturday
Chatzos: 1:15 pm Sunday
Fast Ends: 9:00 pm Sunday

May we merit to celebrate Tisha B'Av this year together with Moshiach and the rebuilding of our third Holy Temple, AMEN!

Basic Laws of Tisha B'av

Besides fasting, we abstain from additional pleasures: washing, applying lotions or creams, wearing leather footwear, and marital relations. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools. We also abstain from studying Torah—besides those parts that discuss the destruction of the Temple.

On the eve of Tisha b’Av, we gather in the synagogue to read Eicha, the Book of Lamentations. Tallit and tefillin are not worn during the morning prayers. After the morning prayers we recite Kinot (elegies). We don the tallit and tefillin for the afternoon prayers.

When Tisha B'Av actually falls on shabbos, as it does this year, the fast is pushed off until Sunday, but some restrictions apply on shabbos, too (e.g., we restrict our learning after mid-day).  See here for a general overview, and here for a detailed halachic guide.

For more about Tisha B'av, click here.

What happened on the Ninth of Av?
A Historical Overview

The 9th of Av, Tisha b'Av, commemorates a list of catastrophes so severe it's clearly a day specially cursed by G‑d. Another confirmation of our deeply held conviction that history isn't haphazard.

Tisha B'Av That Falls on Shabbat or Sunday

On Shabbat, all public displays of mourning are strictly prohibited. This causes changes in many of the Tisha B'Av laws and customs.

The Laws of Mourning

As part of our mourning for the destruction of the Temple and the exile of Israel, we abstain from many pleasurable activities on the night and day of Av 9, first and foremost: eating and drinking.

Order of the Day
A Step-By-Step Guide to Tisha b'Av Observance

The Separation Meal, the Book of Lamentations, elegies, prayers, Torah Readings, the break-fast, and more.
2018 JLI Retreat — Providence, R.I.  


Message from the Rabbi

This Sunday we will observe 9 Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. Traditionally, we spend the entire morning squatting in the synagogue reading elegies that recall our nation’s many tragedies. But then, there is an interesting custom that not many know about.

As the sun begins its long descent toward the west, it’s customary to go home and sweep the floor. Why? Because we are preparing our homes for the imminent arrival of Moshiach.

Yes, we will mourn, and yes, we will be truly sad. But we are confident that things will get better—and fast.

Camp Shabbat Dinner — This Friday, July 20!  

Join your child's counselors and the rest of the Camp Gan Izzy Staff for a delicious Shabbos dinner.

For Campers, Their Families, and Everyone else, too!

It promises to be an evening of spirit, stories, and Shabbos Delicacies — with food from around the world. It is also a wonderful way to meet your child's counselors and see for yourself why your campers love camp.

And if you're a kid at heart, or ever used to be a kid, or simply would like to check out an energetic, fun, shabbat dinner — you're invited, too!

Where: Chabad Community Campus
When: Friday Night, July 20th, 7:00 pm
Cost: $12/adult; $8/child; max $50/family
  • Friday, July 20 - Italian Shabbat Cuisine
  • Friday, August 3 - Chinese Shabbat Cuisine
  • Friday, August 17 - Traditional Shabbat Cuisine

Please RSVP to Chabad / Camp Gan Izzy

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Women's Study Group Continues Wednesday  

King Solomon was known as the wisest man who ever lived. The story of the two women and the baby helped perpetuate this reputation for all time.

But what was King Solomon thinking???

His suggested solution could have gone terribly wrong. Come take part in our discussion to find out why this story continues to captivate us until today. 

Mind 2 Mind Women's Group ( as well our other regular groups) continues Wednesday evening (July 25) 8-9 PM.

See you there!

Nechamie Fajnland
Chabad of Reston-Herndon, VA

11th Annual NoVa Soccer Tourney Fundraiser - July 29!  

Join us and join a team for our annual soccer tournament — which is also to benefit the kids from S'derot (the city closest to Gaza that suffers from missile attacks) — Soccer teams from various synagogues around NoVa and the JCCNV will be competing for the S'derot Soccer Trophy.

Followed by a barbecue lunch!

Players should be age 15 or older and fit enough to run.  Donations also are welcome for those who want to support this worthy case and Israel in its time of need but are unable to play.

Date: Sunday, July 29
Time: 8am to noon
Contribution: $36

Weekly Video: Be A Redeemer  

What has 3,500 years of Mitzvot accomplished?

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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

Upcoming Service Times  

Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax, VA [Based on Zip Code 22031]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Jul 20
8:12 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Jul 21
9:16 pm
Torah Portion: Devarim

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Upcoming Events
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Jul. 19, 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
Jul. 25, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Learning with various groups at different levels; and a women's class taught by Rebbitzen Fajnland.
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Jul. 26, 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: Nabatkhorian
Jul. 28, 2018
In honor of the Ofruf of Anastasia. Mazel Tov!
Benefit Soccer Tourney & BBQ
Jul. 29, 2018 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Our 11th Annual Soccer Tournament to benefit the kids from S'derot (the city closest to Gaza that suffers from missile attacks). Soccer teams from various synagogues around NoVa and the JCCNV will be competing for the S'derot Soccer Trophy. Join us! Ages 15+. Contribution $36. BBQ to follow.
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Aug. 2, 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
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Aug. 9, 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
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Aug. 12, 2018
Aiden Magner's Bar Mitzvah
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Aug. 16, 2018 - 8:00 pm
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Daily Quote
Hillel would say: Be of the disciples of Aaron—a lover of peace, a pursuer of peace, one who loves the creatures and draws them close to Torah
— Ethics of the Fathers 1:12
Daily Thought
Despair on Purpose

Despair is a cheap excuse for avoiding one’s purpose in life.

And a sense of purpose is the best way to avoid despair.

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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Devarim

On the first of Shevat (thirty-seven days before his passing), Moses begins his repetition of the Torah to the assembled children of Israel, reviewing the events that occurred and the laws that were given in the course of their forty-year journey from Egypt to Sinai to the Promised Land, rebuking the people for their failings and iniquities, and enjoining them to keep the Torah and observe its commandments in the land that G‑d is giving them as an eternal heritage, into which they shall cross after his death.

Moses recalls his appointment of judges and magistrates to ease his burden of meting out justice to the people and teaching them the word of G‑d; the journey from Sinai through the great and fearsome desert; the sending of the spies and the people’s subsequent spurning of the Promised Land, so that G‑d decreed that the entire generation of the Exodus would die out in the desert. “Also against me,” says Moses, “was G‑d angry for your sake, saying: You, too, shall not go in there.”

Moses also recounts some more recent events: the refusal of the nations of Moab and Ammon to allow the Israelites to pass through their countries; the wars against the Emorite kings Sichon and Og, and the settlement of their lands by the tribes of Reuben and Gad and part of the tribe of Manasseh; and Moses’ message to his successor, Joshua, who will take the people into the Land and lead them in the battles for its conquest: “ Fear them not, for the L‑rd your G‑d, He shall fight for you.”