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Three Weeks to the High Holidays!

Rosh HaShana starts on the evening of Sunday, Sept 25, and runs through Tuesday, Sept 27

Check out our High Holiday Mini-Site for information on:

  • Complete High Holiday Schedule
  • High Holiday Service Schedule
  • Community Rosh HaShana Meal - a delicious and traditional four course Rosh Hashana meal together with family and friends celebrating the special traditions of the Holiday.  $36/RSVP required.
  • Reserve Your Seats

All this, and more, at the High Holiday Mini-Site

 

Message from the Rabbi
 

This week’s Torah portion begins, “You shall set up judges and enforcers at all your gates,” referring to lawmakers and law enforcement officials whose jobs it is to enact and enforce laws.

Because the Torah uses the words “your gates” as a reference to where the judges and police are located, commentators note that it can also be a metaphor for the human being, and specifically our mouths — our “gates.” It’s our responsibility to “guard our gates,” placing restrictions on what we say and how we say it, thinking twice before opening our mouths, especially when it comes to talking about others.

This is obviously relevant at all times, but particularly during the time of year that this portion is read, the month of Elul. As we prepare for the High Holidays, we take stock of our behavior, find areas that require correction, and focus on doing better in the future. For many of us, our biggest shortcoming is in the realm of speech, and we should take the time to examine where we can do better.

With kinder speech, leading to kinder action and behavior, the world will become a kinder place overall, in preparation for the coming of Moshiach!

Shabbat shalom,

 
The Shofar Factory!  Sun., Sept 18  
 

RSVP

Rosh HaShana Community Dinner - Sept 24  
 

Join us on the First Evening of Rosh Hashana (Sept 25) for a Community Holiday Dinner

Join us as we welcome the New Year with a delicious and traditional four course Rosh Hashana meal together with family and friends celebrating the special traditions of the Holiday.

$36 per person.  Reservations are required. 

Make your reservation for the High Holiday Community Meal Today

A Meaningful 60 Days: A Spiritual Guide  
 

As the High Holidays are quickly approaching we'd like to pass along an offer from our friends at the Meaningful Life Center who have put together a beautiful sefer that is designed to walks us through every day of the 60 days - from the first of Elul, through the High Holidays, to the end of Tishrei.  This book, written by R Simon Jacobson (author of Towards a Meaningful Life) helps us to honestly connect to this Holy season regardless of your level of observance. 

A fascinating journey through the most powerful two months of Elul and Tishrei; a journey toward finding hope, love, fulfillment and the realization of your deepest aspirations.

  • Insights into every day of the holiday season
  • Exercises for personal development
  • High Holiday facts and historical background
  • ​​Companion guide to the prayer services

Join the hundreds of organic 'study circles' of men and women from every background who gain inspiration from this book each year.

We hope to see you and your family for the exciting High Holidays!

Link to Purchase:  https://bit.ly/3PjtMfC

Discount & Free Shipping Code: THANKYOURABBI!

Daily Services at Chabad of NoVa  
 

Daily shacharis services are running seven days per week.  Our current schedule is: 

  • 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.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
 
 
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Sep. 2
7:20 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Sep. 3
8:17 pm
Torah Portion: Shoftim
 
Kiddush  
 

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Barry Landau commemorating the yartzeit of his grandfather, Mordechai Ben Avraham Kwaselow


Please contact the shul to help sponsor, or mark your special occasion

Daily Thought
Hiding Behind His Hand

There are times He seems to be peeking through the latticework of our world, filling the day with light.

But then there are times He hides His face behind a thick wall.

We are confused. We cry out to Him, loudly, for He must be far away.

He is not far away.

The wall is His hand, and His hand is also Him.

It is Him holding us from afar, so that we may grow and accomplish on our own.

 
Daily Quote
Fix yourself up first, and then fix up others
— Talmud, Bava Metzia 107b
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The Jewish Calendar
  Thursday Elul 5 | September 1
  Friday Elul 6 | September 2
  Shabbat Elul 7 | September 3
  Sunday Elul 8 | September 4
  Monday Elul 9 | September 5
  Tuesday Elul 10 | September 6
  Wednesday Elul 11 | September 7
  Thursday Elul 12 | September 8
  Friday Elul 13 | September 9
  Shabbat Elul 14 | September 10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
 
The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Shoftim

Moses instructs the people of Israel to appoint judges and law enforcement officers in every city. “Justice, justice shall you pursue,” he commands them, and you must administer it without corruption or favoritism. Crimes must be meticulously investigated and evidence thoroughly examined—a minimum of two credible witnesses is required for conviction and punishment.

In every generation, says Moses, there will be those entrusted with the task of interpreting and applying the laws of the Torah. “According to the law that they will teach you, and the judgment they will instruct you, you shall do; you shall not turn away from the thing that they say to you, to the right nor to the left.”

Shoftim also includes the prohibitions against idolatry and sorcery; laws governing the appointment and behavior of a king; and guidelines for the creation of “ cities of refuge” for the inadvertent murderer. Also set forth are many of the rules of war: the exemption from battle for one who has just built a home, planted a vineyard, married, or is “afraid and soft-hearted”; the requirement to offer terms of peace before attacking a city; and the prohibition against wanton destruction of something of value, exemplified by the law that forbids to cut down a fruit tree when laying siege (in this context the Torah makes the famous statement, “ For man is a tree of the field”).

The Parshah concludes with the law of the eglah arufah—the special procedure to be followed when a person is killed by an unknown murderer and his body is found in a field—which underscores the responsibility of the community and its leaders not only for what they do, but also for what they might have prevented from being done.