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Lab B'Omer Family Celebration - Thursday!

May 3, 2018


 

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Message from the Rabbi
 

We are currently in middle of the most introspective period on the Jewish calendar, known as “the Omer”—the 49 days beginning on Passover, the festival of our freedom, and culminating with Shavuot, when we received the Ten Commandments.

Counting of the Omer is not only the simple act of connecting two major events from our early history, but is intended to recall how the original counting period actually served to bridge these events, transforming a group of simple slaves into a spiritually elevated people.

It began with Passover, the first step in our spiritual journey. Egypt at the time was the world center of immorality, slavery, and materialism— the antithesis of everything the new nation of Israel would stand for. So before anything else, G‑d commanded the Jews to pack their bags and flee.

Once they had left Egypt and severed their ties with its negative influences, they were externally free from the demons of Egypt but had not yet changed internally. Inside, they were exactly the same group of slaves. The inner change that would make them ready and worthy to receive the wisdom of G‑d’s Torah had not yet taken place.

To this end, they were instructed to count the days of the Omer—a transformational period during which they would cleanse and change themselves from within. Seven weeks of hard work and daily exercises in spiritual refinement. Only after completing this rigorous program, would they be considered ready and worthy to receive the Torah.

We, the descendants of the original Jews, still count the Omer annually, just like the very first time, to refine ourselves internally and prepare ourselves to recommit to the Torah on the holiday of Shavuot.

 
JLI Course — What Is? Rethinking Everything we Know About Our Universe — Monday Nights  
 

 

What Is? Rethinking Everything we Know About Our Universe

Imagine that you were able to rethink everything you knew about the universe, the laws of nature, your own consciousness, and the very idea of existence and reality. Imagine the new insights you will gain, the fresh perspective with which you will embark on the journey of life each morning.

What is? does exactly that. Drawing on the wisdom of Chassidic teaching, the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world.

  • Is the World Real?
  • Is Time Travel Possible?
  • Why does evil exist?
  • Who is G‑d?
  • What is consciousness?
  • Are we bound by fate?

More InformationRegister

Mondays through May 28 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

 

Mind2Mind Shavuot Edition - Starts Tonight!  
 

The countdown has begun!

The Jewish people prepared for 40 days in the Sinai Desert to get the Torah.

We are not going into the desert, but we can prepare!

Join us 5 Wednesdays, April 25 - May 16, as we get ready for Shavuot and deepen our knowledge and familiarity with our People's greatest Treasure.

Choose from one of the following groups:

Beginners Talmud- How Old is the Torah and how does it work? How we understand the development of the Written and Oral Torah. 

Advanced Talmud- The Commandment to Honor your Mother and Father-  Investigate the nature of this special mitzvah. Specifically, does it falls into the category of Bein Adam L’chavero or Bein Adam L makom, and what arethe Halachic differences between them. 

Sichos- In depth studies on Shavuot from the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Jewish Mysticism 101- Discover meaningful mysticism in Rabbi Schneur Zalman's masterpiece- The Tanya.

Women's Group- After the Torah there was... The Prophets! The journey continues with Melachim- the Book of Kings.  Taught by the popular Rebbetzin Nechamie Fajnland of Chabad Reston-Herndon.

BYOS- Bring Your Own Sefer and enjoy the atmosphere of group Torah study.

 

Sessions are 8-9 PM at Chabad of Northern Virginia- 3939 Prince William Dr Fairfax VA 22031

Includes Tea and Refreshments 

Suggested Donation- $50

This Sunday: Women's Morning Yoga & Jewish Meditation  
 

Sunday April 29, 10:30am-11:45am

George Mason Jewish Student Center

4601 Roberts Rd, Fairfax Va 22032 (parking on lawn)

Start your week calm and centered with a special  Morning of Yoga and Jewish Meditation for women and GMU girls. Our very own incredible Jewish Yoga Teacher Melinda Hofstetter from Sun and Moon Yoga will lead the class at the Jewish Student Center, together with meditations from Jewish mysticism with Raizel Deitsch.

  • No experience needed!!
  • Mats provided, bring your own if possible.
  • Enjoy a healthy yogurt and fruit bar.
  • No charge, $10 donation appreciated

Please RSVP to Raizel or on the FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/443209042805155/

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington  
 

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington provides zero-interest loans of up to $25,000 to Jewish borrowers in need. To qualify, you must be able to repay the loan and have guarantors who live in the community. If approved, your loan will typically be issued within 4-6 weeks of your application. To see more details and to apply, visit https://hebrewfreeloandc.org.

Consider participating in the important mitzva of lending to a fellow Jew by making a tax-deductible donation to HFLAGW

Torah and Tea for Ladies - Resumes on Thursdays  
 

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.

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

Upcoming Service Times  
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
 
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax, VA [Based on Zip Code 22031]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Apr 27
7:40 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Apr 28
8:41 pm
Torah Portion: Acharei-Kedoshim
 
 
Kiddush

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Upcoming Events
Torah and Tea
Apr. 26, 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
Apr. 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
Women's Morning Yoga & Jewish Meditation
Apr. 29, 2018 - 10:30 am - 11:45 am Facebook event link
A special Morning of Yoga and Jewish Meditation for women and GMU girls,led by Melinda Hofstetter of Sun and Moon Yoga, together with meditations from Jewish mysticism with Raizel Deitsch.

Enjoy a healthy yogurt and fruit bar. No charge, $10 donation appreciated

 
JLI: What Is? Rethinking Everything we Know About Universe
Apr. 30, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Imagine that you were able to rethink everything you knew about the universe, the laws of nature, your own consciousness, and the very idea of existence and reality. Imagine the new insights you will gain, the fresh perspective with which you will embark on the journey of life each morning.

What is? does exactly that. Drawing on the wisdom of Chassidic teaching, the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world.

More Info »
Mind2Mind Learning
May. 2, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Learning with various groups at different levels; and a women's class taught by Rebbitzen Fajnland.
Lab B'Omer Family Celebration
May. 3, 2018 - 5:30 pm
Family Fun Day: Bonfire, Food, Petting Zoo, Concert, Moonbounced, and More!
More Info »
JLI: What Is? Rethinking Everything we Know About Universe
May. 7, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Imagine that you were able to rethink everything you knew about the universe, the laws of nature, your own consciousness, and the very idea of existence and reality. Imagine the new insights you will gain, the fresh perspective with which you will embark on the journey of life each morning.

What is? does exactly that. Drawing on the wisdom of Chassidic teaching, the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world.

More Info »
Mind2Mind Learning
May. 9, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Learning with various groups at different levels; and a women's class taught by Rebbitzen Fajnland.
Torah and Tea
May. 10, 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
May. 10, 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
JLI: What Is? Rethinking Everything we Know About Universe
May. 14, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Imagine that you were able to rethink everything you knew about the universe, the laws of nature, your own consciousness, and the very idea of existence and reality. Imagine the new insights you will gain, the fresh perspective with which you will embark on the journey of life each morning.

What is? does exactly that. Drawing on the wisdom of Chassidic teaching, the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world.

More Info »
Mind2Mind Learning
May. 16, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Learning with various groups at different levels; and a women's class taught by Rebbitzen Fajnland.
Torah and Tea
May. 17, 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
May. 17, 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
Torah and Tea
May. 24, 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
 
 
Daily Quote
"Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out" (Deuteronomy 28:6) — May your departure from the world be as free of sin as was your entry into the world
— Talmud, Bava Metzia 107a
Daily Thought
Inner Anxiety

Often, anxiety takes root because a person’s external character is incompatible with his or her inner self.

The anxiety may dwell upon other issues and obsessions—but none of these are the true underlying cause.

Most souls can tolerate a few inconsistencies. But others are sensitive to every nuance.

As soon as some aspect of their lifestyle is not attuned to the purity of the essential self, the entire person is thrown off balance.

That is why, for a Jew, being more careful about the mitzvot will often diminish anxiety.

From a letter to a woman suffering anxiety.
 
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The Jewish Calendar
  Thursday Iyar 11 | April 26
Omer: Day 26
Today in Jewish HistoryJewish Books Confiscated (1510)
Today in Jewish HistoryRiots in Wasilkow and Konotop (1881)
Today in Jewish HistoryThe Battle at Deganya (1948)
Laws and CustomsCount "Twenty-Seven Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Friday Iyar 12 | April 27
Omer: Day 27
Today in Jewish HistoryRoman Jews Granted Privileges (1402)
Laws and CustomsCount "Twenty-Eight Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Shabbat Iyar 13 | April 28
Omer: Day 28
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Expelled from Berne (1427)
Today in Jewish HistoryRabbi Yisrael Aryeh Leib (1952)
Laws and CustomsEthics: Chapter 3
Laws and CustomsCount "Twenty-Nine Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Sunday Iyar 14 | April 29
Pesach Sheini
Omer: Day 29
Today in Jewish History"Second Passover" (1312 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryRabbi Meir (2nd Century CE)
Today in Jewish HistoryJews of Bisenz Massacred (1605)
Today in Jewish HistoryGermans Burn Jewish Books (1933)
Today in Jewish HistoryEichmann Captured (1960)
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  Monday Iyar 15 | April 30
Omer: Day 30
Today in Jewish HistoryMatzah Depleted (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Expelled from Ukraine (1727)
Today in Jewish HistoryRiots in Rostov-on-Don (1883)
Laws and CustomsCount "Thirty-One Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Tuesday Iyar 16 | May 1
Omer: Day 31
Today in Jewish HistoryThe Manna (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryRomans Razed Jerusalem Wall (70)
Today in Jewish History"Nuremberg Laws" Passed in Hungary (1939)
Today in Jewish HistoryDachau Liberated (1945)
Today in Jewish HistoryWitold Pilecki Executed (1948)
Laws and CustomsCount "Thirty-Two Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Wednesday Iyar 17 | May 2
Omer: Day 32
Today in Jewish HistoryRoman Garrison Defeated (66)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of "Noda B'Yehudah" (1793)
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  Thursday Iyar 18 | May 3
Lag BaOmer
Today in Jewish HistoryPlague among R. Akiva's Disciples Ends (circa 120 CE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Shimon bar Yochai (2nd century CE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Rama (1573?)
Today in Jewish HistoryEttingen Jews Acquitted (1690)
Today in Jewish HistoryIDF Created (1948)
Today in Jewish HistoryHurva Synagogue Destroyed (1948)
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  Friday Iyar 19 | May 4
Omer: Day 34
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Today in Jewish HistoryGoebbels Committed Suicide (1945)
Laws and CustomsCount "Thirty-Five Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Shabbat Iyar 20 | May 5
Omer: Day 35
Today in Jewish HistoryJourney From Sinai (1312 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryTroyes Jews Burned at Stake (1288)
Today in Jewish HistoryVenice Jews Forbidden to Practice Law (1637)
Today in Jewish HistoryMt. Scopus Hospital (1939)
Today in Jewish HistoryPregnant Women Sentenced to Death (1942)
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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Acharei-Kedoshim

Following the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, G‑d warns against unauthorized entry “into the holy.” Only one person, the kohen gadol (“high priest”), may—but once a year, on Yom Kippur—enter the innermost chamber in the Sanctuary to offer the sacred ketoret to G‑d.

Another feature of the Day of Atonement service is the casting of lots over two goats, to determine which should be offered to G‑d and which should be dispatched to carry off the sins of Israel to the wilderness.

The Parshah of Acharei also warns against bringing korbanot (animal or meal offerings) anywhere but in the Holy Temple, forbids the consumption of blood, and details the laws prohibiting incest and other deviant sexual relations.

The Parshah of Kedoshim begins with the statement: “You shall be holy, for I, the L‑rd your G‑d, am holy.” This is followed by dozens of mitzvot (divine commandments) through which the Jew sanctifies him- or herself and relates to the holiness of G‑d.

These include: the prohibition against idolatry, the mitzvah of charity, the principle of equality before the law, Shabbat, sexual morality, honesty in business, honor and awe of one’s parents, and the sacredness of life.

Also in Kedoshim is the dictum which the great sage Rabbi Akiva called a cardinal principle of Torah, and of which Hillel said, “This is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary”— “Love your fellow as yourself.”