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New Year, New Programs, New Website!

Have you ever been skydiving?  The thrill of free falling through the clouds is unlike any terrestrial activity.  Over 3 million people do it every year! They are looking for the adrenalin rush and sense of satisfaction that this unique and dangerous activity gives.

But then you come back down to earth. You unstrap your parachute, take a selfie with the instructor and get in your car and go back home.

Sure, pictures make for great memories and your friends will be soo jealous, but the drudgery of mundane earthbound life comes rushing back quickly.

Friends, we just experienced a celestial High Holidays. We flew high on Rosh Hashana, soared with the angels on Yom Kippur, celebrated under the stars on Sukkot and danced unbounded on Simchat Torah.

But now reality sets back in. What do we have left from the High of those Holy Days? Not even pictures...

Let's keep that High in our lives!

Torah is that connection, the plane that we can board whenever we want, that will take us back to that special place and bring Heaven back down with us to Earth.

The opportunities abound. Here at Chabad, we have a Torah opportunity just about day of the week.  Check out the listings below, check out our "upcoming events" listing which appears each week on the right side of this newsletter. check out our event calendar, and . . .

Check out our new Chabad Adult Ed website!

I hope to see you at an event soon!

Wishing you a Shana Tova and much blessings and success in 5779!

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch

Message from the Rabbi
 

This Shabbat, in synagogues all over the world, Jews will be reading the first portion of the Book of Genesis, where we read how G‑d created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. Now, a lot of you are truly supermen and superwomen, accomplishing amazing things. But we are all mortals. So if G‑d found it necessary to take a break after seven days, it behooves us to follow His example and do the same.

Make Shabbat an island in time, and you’ll find tranquillity and peace that’s been waiting for you since the beginning of time.

 
Mind2Mind - Five Classes To Choose From  
 

Mind2Mind - Session 1 - "Inner Light" - Starts on Wednesday

 Join as we explore the Inner Light of the Torah on a variety of levels.

  • Beginners Class: Intro to Jewish Mysticism: A historic and thematic tour
  • Chassidus: (Re)Discovering the Tanya
  • Sichos: The Rebbe on 19 Kislev
  • Advanced Talmud: The Intent Behind Mitzvos
  • Women's Group: Join Rebbeztin Nechamie Fajnland of Chabad Reston-Herndon for a fascinating in-depth exploration of Sefer Melachim- The Book of Kings

Six Wednesdays, Oct. 10 - Nov. 14, 8pm to 8pm, and Chabad of NoVa

3rd Annual Great Challah Bake - Oct. 25  
 

#WeKneadEachOther with a diverse group of Jewish women and girls of all ages & stages from Northern Virginia, who will join people from across the globe to knead, braid and make challah.

General Adult Admission: $18
Student Admission (10yrs. & up): $10

Tribute: $36 (honor a special woman in your life whose name will be listed in our program)

The Evening includes: all of your baking supplies; an apron; delicious refreshments, a take home gift and more!

Advance Registration is required by Oct. 18. Space is limited (for real — we sold out last year). Register early!

Location:  JCCNV, 8900 Little River Tpke Fairfax, VA 22031

REGISTER HERE

New JLI Class: Wrestling with Faith - Two Locations!  
 

Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G‑d.

It is easy, for example, to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G‑d with our daily decisions, many share a secret, painful fear that G‑d isn’t really looking out for them. Many of us have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with our Jewish faith. So when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, for example, we feel forced to choose between science and our faith.

Wrestling with Faith was created to tackle questions like these—the “big issues” that keep people from an intimate relationship with G‑d. The course acknowledges the often unspoken doubts and fears that all people share, and seizes their invitation for us to dig deeper for the answers.

We now offer two times and locations (taught by Rabbi Laibel Fajnland)

  1. Monday Evenings at Chabad of Nova, Starting Oct 22  — Registration
  2. Thursday Evenings at George Mason Jewish Student Center, Starting Oct 25 — Registration
All New Class: Yaldeinu — Jewish Parenting  
 

We can all agree that parenthood is life altering: it can bring a sense of completion, purpose, and happiness. It can also bring the challenges of sleepless nights, emptier checkbooks and precious little time that you can count your own.  On top of that, for Jewish parents there is an added dimension to parenthood: the responsibility to teach, guide and inspire our children to live a meaningful Jewish life.  But for many of us, the desire is there, yet the knowledge and connections seem to make this a real challenge.

Parenting is the most important job we have.

Yaldeinu: Fellowship for the Jewish Future is a way to provide young Jewish families with the support, learning, and experiences to help impart the beauty of our heritage to ourselves and our children.

The class is free, and includes free brunch and childcare

This class will be one Sunday per month, 10am to 11:30am, starting on October 28, and taught by Rabbi & Rebbitzen Mendel and Raizel Deitsch. 

If you are curious about this class at all, please drop an email to Raizel at raizelg@gmail.com

Torah and Tea - New Session Starts Wednesday  
 

Vitamins for the Soul - Wednesdays, 11:30 am

Do you take vitamins every day for your physical health?  We are so used to making this a daily priority, but what about our spiritual health?

Jewish Prayer is like a spiritual daily vitamin for re-energizing the soul.

Come and join the multi-week course on what, why and & how we pray as a Jew, and find your new vitamin for the coming year.

This women's class is taught by Rebbitzen Raizel

Torah Discussion Resumes Next Thursday Night  
 

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

This class will resume next Thursday night, October 11

Upcoming Service Times  
 

This shabbos is "Shabbos Mevarchim," the shabbos before the new month.  Please join us at 9am in our custom to say the book of Tehillim (Psalms)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
 
 
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax, VA [Based on Zip Code 22031]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Oct 5
6:27 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Oct 6
7:23 pm
Torah Portion: Bereishit
 
 
Kiddush Sponsor

This week's kiddush is sponsored by the Hershaft family on the occasion of the Bar Mitzvah for Jordan Hershaft

MAZEL TOV!

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

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Kiddush Sponsor: Hershafts
Oct. 6, 2018
Bar Mitzvah for Jordan Hershaft
Torah and Tea
Oct. 10, 2018 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Do you take vitamins every day for your physical health? We are so used to making this a daily priority- but what about our spiritual health? Jewish Prayer is like a spiritual daily vitamin for re-energizing the soul. Come and join the multi-week course on what, why and & how we pray as a Jew and find your new vitamin for the coming year.

Note: time/location is tentative, contact Raizel or the office for confirmation
Mind2Mind Learning
Oct. 10, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join one of our personalized study groups and maximize your learning potential. Groups focused on Jewish Mysticism, the weekly Torah portion, Intro Talmud, Advanced Talmud, and a special women's class.
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Oct. 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
Kiddush Sponsor: Job
Oct. 13, 2018
Bar Mitzvah for Evan Job
Yaldeinu: Jewish Parenting
Oct. 14, 2018 - 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
How do we address the challenges of parenting with the additional responsibility of teaching, guiding, and inspiring our children to live a meaningful Jewish life?

Yaldeinu: Fellowship for the Jewish Future is the way to provide young Jewish families with the support, learning, and experiences to help impart the beauty of our heritage to ourselves and our children.

The class is free, and includes free brunch and childcare
Torah and Tea
Oct. 17, 2018 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Do you take vitamins every day for your physical health? We are so used to making this a daily priority- but what about our spiritual health? Jewish Prayer is like a spiritual daily vitamin for re-energizing the soul. Come and join the multi-week course on what, why and & how we pray as a Jew and find your new vitamin for the coming year.

Note: time/location is tentative, contact Raizel or the office for confirmation
Mind2Mind Learning
Oct. 17, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join one of our personalized study groups and maximize your learning potential. Groups focused on Jewish Mysticism, the weekly Torah portion, Intro Talmud, Advanced Talmud, and a special women's class.
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Oct. 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: Kaufer
Oct. 20, 2018
Howard Kaufer
Yartzeit Mother - 22 Tishrei
Yartzeit Father - 15 Cheshvan
JLI: Wrestling with Faith
Oct. 22, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G‑d. It is easy, e.g., to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G‑d with our daily decisions, many share a secret, painful fear that G‑d isn’t really looking out for them. Many of us have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with our Jewish faith. So, e.g., when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, we feel forced to choose between science and our faith. Wrestling with Faith was created to tackle questions like these—the “big issues” that keep people from an intimate relationship with G‑d. The course acknowledges the unspoken doubts and fears that all people share, and seizes their invitation for us to dig deeper for answers.
More Info »
Torah and Tea
Oct. 24, 2018 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Do you take vitamins every day for your physical health? We are so used to making this a daily priority- but what about our spiritual health? Jewish Prayer is like a spiritual daily vitamin for re-energizing the soul. Come and join the multi-week course on what, why and & how we pray as a Jew and find your new vitamin for the coming year.

Note: time/location is tentative, contact Raizel or the office for confirmation
Mind2Mind Learning
Oct. 24, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join one of our personalized study groups and maximize your learning potential. Groups focused on Jewish Mysticism, the weekly Torah portion, Intro Talmud, Advanced Talmud, and a special women's class.
3rd Annual NoVa Challah Bake
Oct. 25, 2018 - 7:00 pm
#WeKneadEachOther with a diverse group of Jewish women and girls of all ages & stages from Northern Virginia, who will join people from across the globe to knead, braid and make challah.

General Adult Admission: $18
Student Admission (10yrs. & up): $10

Tribute: $36 (honor a special woman in your life whose name will be listed in our program)

The Evening includes: all of your baking supplies; an apron; delicious refreshments, a take home gift and more!

Advance Registration is required by Oct. 18. Space is limited (we sold out last year). Register early!

More Info »
JLI: Wrestling with Faith
Oct. 25, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G‑d. It is easy, e.g., to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G‑d with our daily decisions, many share a secret, painful fear that G‑d isn’t really looking out for them. Many of us have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with our Jewish faith. So, e.g., when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, we feel forced to choose between science and our faith. Wrestling with Faith was created to tackle questions like these—the “big issues” that keep people from an intimate relationship with G‑d. The course acknowledges the unspoken doubts and fears that all people share, and seizes their invitation for us to dig deeper for answers.
More Info »
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Oct. 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
JLI: Wrestling with Faith
Oct. 29, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G‑d. It is easy, e.g., to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G‑d with our daily decisions, many share a secret, painful fear that G‑d isn’t really looking out for them. Many of us have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with our Jewish faith. So, e.g., when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, we feel forced to choose between science and our faith. Wrestling with Faith was created to tackle questions like these—the “big issues” that keep people from an intimate relationship with G‑d. The course acknowledges the unspoken doubts and fears that all people share, and seizes their invitation for us to dig deeper for answers.
More Info »
Torah and Tea
Oct. 31, 2018 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Do you take vitamins every day for your physical health? We are so used to making this a daily priority- but what about our spiritual health? Jewish Prayer is like a spiritual daily vitamin for re-energizing the soul. Come and join the multi-week course on what, why and & how we pray as a Jew and find your new vitamin for the coming year.

Note: time/location is tentative, contact Raizel or the office for confirmation
Mind2Mind Learning
Oct. 31, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join one of our personalized study groups and maximize your learning potential. Groups focused on Jewish Mysticism, the weekly Torah portion, Intro Talmud, Advanced Talmud, and a special women's class.
JLI: Wrestling with Faith
Nov. 1, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G‑d. It is easy, e.g., to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G‑d with our daily decisions, many share a secret, painful fear that G‑d isn’t really looking out for them. Many of us have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with our Jewish faith. So, e.g., when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, we feel forced to choose between science and our faith. Wrestling with Faith was created to tackle questions like these—the “big issues” that keep people from an intimate relationship with G‑d. The course acknowledges the unspoken doubts and fears that all people share, and seizes their invitation for us to dig deeper for answers.
More Info »
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Nov. 1, 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
You're not as great as you think, and the world is not as bad as it seems
— Rabbi Wolf of Strikov
Daily Thought
Earned Living

All that can be cherished from this world,
All that makes life worth living,
Is that which you have mined from its bowels through your own toil,
Fashioned from its clay by your own craft,
Fired in the kiln of your own heart.

That for which you bruised your hands and wearied your limbs,
For which you beat back the beast inside you,
For which you defied a mocking world.

Oh, how precious, how resplendent a feast,
a life forged by the hands of its own master!

 
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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Bereishit

G‑d creates the world in six days. On the first day He makes darkness and light. On the second day He forms the heavens, dividing the “upper waters” from the “lower waters.” On the third day He sets the boundaries of land and sea, and calls forth trees and greenery from the earth. On the fourth day He fixes the position of the sun, moon and stars as timekeepers and illuminators of the earth. Fish, birds and reptiles are created on the fifth day; land animals, and then the human being, on the sixth. G‑d ceases work on the seventh day, and sanctifies it as a day of rest.

G‑d forms the human body from the dust of the earth, and blows into his nostrils a “ living soul.” Originally Man is a single person, but deciding that “it is not good that man be alone,” G‑d takes a "side" from the man, forms it into a woman, and marries them to each other.

Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden, and commanded not to eat from the “ Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” The serpent persuades Eve to violate the command, and she shares the forbidden fruit with her husband. Because of their sin, it is decreed that man will experience death, returning to the soil from which he was formed, and that all gain will come only through struggle and hardship. Man is banished from the Garden.

Eve gives birth to two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain quarrels with Abel and murders him, and becomes a rootless wanderer. A third son, Seth, is born to Adam; Seth’s eighth-generation descendant, Noah, is the only righteous man in a corrupt world.