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Chabad Lubavitch of Northern VirginiaEmail: [email protected]Phone: 703-426-1980www.ChabadNoVa.org
Yud Shevat Farbrangen - This Wednesday, February 1, 7 pm

On Shevat 10 on the Jewish calendar, upon the passing of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory, in 1950, leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement passed on to his illustrious son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory. In the decades that followed, the Rebbe revolutionized, inspired and guided the post-Holocaust transformation of the Jewish people that continues to this day.

We will begin with a 7:00 pm Ma'ariv, followed by a light dinner and program, together with good friends, conversation, l'chaims, and inspiring words.

Join us! 

No cost.

Message from the Rabbi

The Hebrew name for Egypt is “Mitzrayim,” which shares the same letters as the word “meitzarim,” meaning “borders” or “limitations.”

When the Jewish people were freed from Egypt, in addition to leaving their physical bondage, they also attained spiritual freedom, breaking free from limitations that had hindered their ability to grow spiritually.

Being able to put the past behind you and move forward is the most liberating feeling in the world, and when our ancestors did it after more than two centuries of exile, they empowered us—in all future generations—to do the same.

Our limitations can sometimes be self-imposed, where we convince ourselves that we are unable to perform as Jews are expected to.

But like our ancestors in Egypt, freedom is possible.

The Mishna teaches that a person can never be truly free unless he or she is immersed in Torah study. The amount doesn’t matter; the fact that you are committed to studying Torah leads to a mindset of liberty.

So set aside a few minutes (or more) each day, and begin your path to true freedom.

Freedom can be a work in progress, every day allowing us to reach a new level, until we reach the final destination–the coming of Moshiach, may it be speedily in our times!

Shabbat shalom,

Tu B'Shevat Women's Event - Sat night, Feb 4  

More info and RSVP

JLI Winter Session - Booksmart  


Course through Judaism's Most Important Titles, and the Authors Who Inscribed Them.

Monday evenings at 7:30pm.
At Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia.

Join us for a panoramic overview of 3000 years of Jewish learning.

This course will introduce you to the works that earned us the title "The People of The Book". You will experience the different genres that shape Jewish life, including Tanach, Midrash, Talmud, Halachah, Philosophy, Kabbalah, Musar, Chasidism, and meet the influential personalities who drove thirty centuries of Jewish scholarship.

Whether you're meeting these texts for the first time or as a seasoned scholar, this course will inform and enrich all your Jewish learning.

More information at https://youtu.be/HxiOkyOztE4 adn  www.myjli.com


Daily Service Schedule  

Our Daily Service Schedule

  • Sunday 8:30 am
  • Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am
  • Friday evenings, 10 minutes after candle lighting
  • Shabbat 9:30 am, Mincha/Ma'ariv approx 10 minutes before candle lighting time (of the evening before)

On special days, and on federal holidays, our schedule might be different.  Check with the shul.

Contact the office if you need a mincha/ma'ariv for a yahrtzeit or other occasion.

On Yamim Tovim, we generally follow the Shabbat schedule, above

Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting (Bo):
Friday, Jan. 27
5:07 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Jan. 28
6:08 pm
Torah Portion: Bo

This week's kiddush is partially sponsored by

The Povchar Family

in celebrating the recent bas mitzva of Naomi

Consider marking your occasion! Reserve either on-line or call the office!

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Yud Shevat Fabrengen
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023 - 7:00 pm
Women's TuBeshvat Event
Shabbat, Feb. 4, 2023 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Seven Species Salad Bar and Soup! $18/person, sponsorships available
More Info »
Kiddish: Harold Salters
Shabbat, Feb. 11, 2023 - 12:00 pm
Kiddish: Harold Salters - 11th anniversary of the Yahrzeit of my his Sidney — Israel ben Chaim. He died on Shabbat morning, 18 Shevat 5772, (2012-02-11) the Shabbat of Parashat Yitro.
Daily Quote
Be a tail to lions, rather than a head to foxes
— Ethics of the Fathers 4:15
Daily Thought
Related to Wonder

Yes, there is wonder in the world, but we do not stand on the outside gaping in.

This wonder, it is our parent.
We are its child.
It is our G‑d and we are its people.

Likkutei Sichot, vol. 16, p. 482; Hayom Yom, 12 Cheshvan.
You Can Make a Difference!  

The Friendship Circle of Northern Virginia was founded on the idea that within each person is a soul, regardless of any limitations that may surround it, regardless of whatever natural gifts we may have or lack, regardless of what obstacles and challenges we may confront, our souls are sacred and worthy of boundless love.

The Friendship Circle touches so many...

… The child with special needs looks forward to weekly visits from his or her teenage friends.

… The teenage volunteer learns the value of giving, and cherishes the experience of making a difference in a child’s life.

… The child’s family gets a needed respite, and the pleasure of seeing their child become part of the community circle.

Read more here!  Donate to Friendship Circle

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The Jewish Calendar
  Thursday Shevat 4 | January 26
  Friday Shevat 5 | January 27
  Shabbat Shevat 6 | January 28
  Sunday Shevat 7 | January 29
  Monday Shevat 8 | January 30
  Tuesday Shevat 9 | January 31
  Wednesday Shevat 10 | February 1
  Thursday Shevat 11 | February 2
  Friday Shevat 12 | February 3
  Shabbat Shevat 13 | February 4
The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Bo

The name of the Parshah, "Bo," means "Come [to Pharaoh]" and it is found in Exodus 10:1.

The last three of the Ten Plagues are visited on Egypt: a swarm of locusts devours all the crops and greenery; a thick, palpable darkness envelops the land; and all the firstborn of Egypt are killed at the stroke of midnight of the 15th of the month of Nissan.

G‑d commands the first mitzvah to be given to the people of Israel: to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. The Israelites are also instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to G‑d: a lamb or kid goat is to be slaughtered, and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of every Israelite home, so that G‑d should pass over these homes when He comes to kill the Egyptian firstborn. The roasted meat of the offering is to be eaten that night together with matzah (unleavened bread) and bitter herbs.

The death of the firstborn finally breaks Pharaoh’s resistance, and he literally drives the children of Israel from his land. So hastily do they depart that there is no time for their dough to rise, and the only provisions they take along are unleavened. Before they go, they ask their Egyptian neighbors for gold, silver and garments—fulfilling the promise made to Abraham that his descendants would leave Egypt with great wealth.

The children of Israel are commanded to consecrate all firstborn, and to observe the anniversary of the Exodus each year by removing all leaven from their possession for seven days, eating matzah, and telling the story of their redemption to their children. They are also commanded to wear tefillin on the arm and head as a reminder of the Exodus and their resultant commitment to G‑d.

Learn: Bo in Depth
Browse: Bo Parshah Columnists
Prep: Devar Torah Q&A for Bo
Read: Haftarah in a Nutshell
Play: Bo Parshah Quiz