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The Month of Elul: Starts Sunday

Elul is the 12th and final month in the Jewish calendar — starting on September 1st this year. It is a month that connects the past year with the coming year—a time when we reflect on where we stand and where we should be going. It is taught that in this month, the “King is in the Field,” and G‑d is readily accessible, willing to hear our requests and listen to our fervent prayers for the coming new year. Every day of Elul we blow the shofar and recite special Psalms in anticipation of the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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It is said that the more you put into Elul, you more you get out of Rosh HaShana.  We have a number of activities and classes during Elul.  Come check some of them out!

 

Message from the Rabbi
 

This Shabbat is Rosh Chodesh Elul, the start of the final month of the Jewish year, which is also known as the “month of mercy”—when we begin the spiritual preparations for the High Holidays.

Last Shabbat we blessed the new month—customarily done on the Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh—but it isn’t until the end of the week that the month actually begins.

The advantage of the month of Elul over the High Holidays is the less intense, or even casual, nature of our relationship with G‑d that we enjoy during this month. We engage with G‑d on our terms, rather than in the more intense atmosphere of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is an opportunity for us to reawaken G‑d’s mercy, so that when the High Holidays do eventually arrive, we will once again be on “speaking terms” with Him.

So although this week isn’t Elul yet, we are already getting into the mode of High Holiday preparations, and we have an additional opportunity—a whole extra week—to benefit from the “month of mercy.”

Shabbat shalom!

 
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High Holiday Fair — September 8 — BBQ and much more!  
 

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Pre-High Holiday Concert — Sept 15 — Songs of the Inspired Soul  
 

Ernst Community Cultural Center - 8333 Little River Tpke

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NoVa’s 4th Annual Great Big Challah Bake – Sweet New Year Edition!  
 

Sunday, September 22, 7pm, at the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia

#risetothenewyear as we learn to braid a round challah for Rosh Hashanah, in addition to making a traditional loaf.  Whether you’re a challah pro, or have never made it before – you’ll love the experience of joining together for this beautiful and fun Jewish tradition.

Last year’s event brought together more than 325 women and girls from cities and towns throughout Northern Virginia to enjoy the aroma, taste, fun and spirituality of making challah.

#wekneadeachother to make it a wonderful night of community & unity. 

Bring your friends, mothers and daughters!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!  SPACES ARE LIMITED!

**You can choose to sit with a friend, your congregation or organization, meet new friends or send in a special request. 


We look forward to seeing you at the Great Big Challah Bake!

  Laurie Albert & Raizel Deitsch

laurie.albert@theJ.org           raizelg@gmail.com 

 
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An inspirational weekly discussion on the Torah portion including both captivating insights into the parsha, and practical advice, led by Rabbi Deitsch

 
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Fairfax:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Aug. 30
7:25 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Aug. 31
8:22 pm
Torah Portion: Re'eh
 
 
Kiddush

The sponsors for this week's kiddush are Netanel and Esther Sulimanov

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

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Upcoming Events
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 - 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
Thursday, Sep. 5, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
Pre-High Holiday Fair& BBQ
Sunday, Sep. 8, 2019 - 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
BBQ Brunch, Shofar Making Factory, Bee presentation from Virginia State Bee Association, Inflatables for all ages, Rosh Hashanah crafts, and so much more!
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Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
Pre-High Holidays Concert - Songs for the Soul
Sunday, Sep. 15, 2019 - 7:00 pm
A Unique Multi-Media Concert — Songs for the Inspired Soul
The Rebbe's Niggunim performed by the Atoka String Quartet

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Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
4th Annual Great Challah Bake
Sunday, Sep. 22, 2019 - 7:00 pm
#risetothenewyear as we learn to braid a round challah for Rosh Hashanah, in addition to making a traditional loaf. Whether you’re a challah pro, or have never made it before – you’ll love the experience of joining together for this beautiful and fun Jewish tradition.

Last year’s event brought together more than 325 women and girls from cities and towns throughout Northern Virginia to enjoy the aroma, taste, fun and spirituality of making challah.

#wekneadeachother to make it a wonderful night of community & unity.

Bring your friends, mothers and daughters!

More Info »
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019 - 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 Thought
Integrity

A good barometer to determine whether something will be of benefit materially is whether it is the proper thing to do spiritually. A business venture that implies breaking your moral principles will also be detrimental materially.

At times, we experience tremendous pressure when our ethics seem to stand in the way of success—but this is only an illusion. The spiritual and the material are in conflict only to our subjective eyes. In truth, they work in harmony as one.

 
Daily Quote
"Console, console My people," says your G‑d. Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and call to her, for she has become full from her host, for her iniquity has been appeased; for she has taken from the hand of the Lord double for all her sins...
Isaiah 40:1-2 (read on the Shabbat after Tisha B'Av)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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The Jewish Calendar
  Thursday Av 28 | August 29
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin of Volozhin (1894)
  Friday Av 29 | August 30
Today in Jewish HistoryFlight from Liadi (1812)
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  Sunday Elul 1 | September 1
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Today in Jewish History Moses ascends Sinai for 3rd 40 days (1313 BCE)
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  Monday Elul 2 | September 2
Today in Jewish HistoryShulchan Aruch Completed (Orech Chaim) (1555)
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  Tuesday Elul 3 | September 3
Today in Jewish HistoryRabbi A. I. Kook (1935)
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  Wednesday Elul 4 | September 4
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  Thursday Elul 5 | September 5
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Today in Jewish HistoryEzekiel Envisions Jerusalem's Downfall (428 BCE)
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  Friday Elul 6 | September 6
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  Shabbat Elul 7 | September 7
Today in Jewish HistoryMoses' parents remarry (1394 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistorySpies die (1312 BCE)
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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Re'eh

See,” says Moses to the people of Israel, “I place before you today a blessing and a curse”—the blessing that will come when they fulfill G‑d’s commandments, and the curse if they abandon them. These should be proclaimed on Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal when the people cross over into the Holy Land.

A Temple should be established in “ the place that G‑d will choose to make dwell His name there,” where the people should bring their sacrifices to Him; it is forbidden to make offerings to G‑d in any other place. It is permitted to slaughter animals elsewhere, not as a sacrifice but to eat their meat; the blood (which in the Temple is poured upon the altar), however, may not be eaten.

A false prophet, or one who entices others to worship idols, should be put to death; an idolatrous city must be destroyed. The identifying signs for kosher animals and fish, and the list of non-kosher birds (first given in Leviticus 11), are repeated.

A tenth of all produce is to be eaten in Jerusalem, or else exchanged for money with which food is purchased and eaten there. In certain years this tithe is given to the poor instead. Firstborn cattle and sheep are to be offered in the Temple, and their meat eaten by the kohanim (priests).

The mitzvah of charity obligates a Jew to aid a needy fellow with a gift or loan. On the Sabbatical year (occurring every seventh year), all loans are to be forgiven. All indentured servants are to be set free after six years of service.

Our Parshah concludes with the laws of the three pilgrimage festivals— Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot—when all should go to “ see and be seen” before G‑d in the Holy Temple.