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Message from the Rabbi

This weekend was supposed to be the International Conference of Chabad Emissaries, known as the “Kinus Hashluchim.” Every year we gather in New York for four days of workshops, plenaries, and inspiration. It is the highlight of our year; an opportunity to meet old friends, share experiences, and to remind ourselves that we are part of the biggest force of positivity in the Jewish world.

Unfortunately, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the kinus will not be held in-person, and instead will be entirely virtual. While this is a far cry from the real thing, it will still serve as a reminder that Chabad around the world is here for every single Jew in all situations.

This week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, describes how Abraham and Sarah’s son Issac married Rebecca and started a family with her based on the values he learned from his parents. Although Sarah passed away before their marriage, Isaac and Rebbeca still lived their life as though she was very much present and guiding them through thick and thin.

We will continue to do the same in our lives and within our communities, and we will surely persevere and thrive!

Shabbat shalom.

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Community Torah Dedication at Tysons  

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Fairfax Eruv Community Meeting and Siyyum - Nov 22  


Did you know that there is a community wide effort to construct an Eruv in central Fairfax? Join us Sunday, November 22 at 6pm to hear from community leaders and learn more about the project and the progress to date.

To register, please send an email to [email protected] or visit the project website at www.fairfaxeruv.org.

Special Program: Havdallah at Home starting this Sat. night  

Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Nov. 13
4:38 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Nov. 14
5:38 pm
Torah Portion: Chayei Sarah
Mazel Tov to the Books!  

We wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Benjy Book and his family on the occasion of his becoming a bar mitzvah. He will be called to the Torah during Shabbos Services on this coming Shabbos, Nov. 14


Join us for outdoor services under a tent, starting at 9:30 am.

Daily Thought
Male and Female

There are crucial issues to which the Torah devotes only an allusion, yet the story of finding a bride for Isaac consumes an entire chapter.

Because this truly is the theme of all of Torah: The union of male and female energies, so that the world can operate in harmony.

The union of heaven with earth. Of soul with body. Of your spiritual life with your business life. Of light and darkness. Of the Creator and His creation.

There really is nothing else.

And it all begins with harmony between husband and wife.

Sefer Hasichot 5751 vol. 1, pg. 95ff. See earlier sources in note 46 ad loc.

Daily Quote

A person should really know the pathways of Heaven, but actually this is not crucial. One needs only the main thing - to help another wholeheartedly, with sensitivity, to take pleasure in doing a kindness to another.

— Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch (1834-1882)
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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Chayei Sarah

Sarah dies at age 127 and is buried in the Machpelah Cave in Hebron, which Abraham purchases from Ephron the Hittite for four hundred shekels of silver.

Abraham’s servant Eliezer is sent, laden with gifts, to Charan, to find a wife for Isaac. At the village well, Eliezer asks G‑d for a sign: when the maidens come to the well, he will ask for some water to drink; the woman who will offer to give his camels to drink as well shall be the one destined for his master’s son.

Rebecca, the daughter of Abraham’s nephew Bethuel, appears at the well and passes the “test.” Eliezer is invited to their home, where he repeats the story of the day’s events. Rebecca returns with Eliezer to the land of Canaan, where they encounter Isaac praying in the field. Isaac marries Rebecca, loves her, and is comforted over the loss of his mother.

Abraham takes a new wife, Keturah ( Hagar), and fathers six additional sons, but Isaac is designated as his only heir. Abraham dies at age 175 and is buried beside Sarah by his two eldest sons, Isaac and Ishmael.