Chabad Lubavitch of Northern VirginiaEmail: rabbideitsch@aol.comPhone: 703-426-1980www.ChabadNoVa.org
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Community Shavuot Dinner - Saturday Night, June 8



Dinner (and non-dairy cheesecake dessert!) will be accompanied by erudite presentations on various Jewish topics

Mincha- 7:45 PM
Community Meal and Study- 8:00 PM
Evening Services- 9:30 PM
Kiddush- 10 PM
Dessert Buffet and All-Night-Learning

If you are interested in presenting (and receiving a dinner discount) please contact Rabbi Mendel at mendeldeitsch@gmail.com with your proposed topic.

More Info and Reservations Here!

 


and the next day: Sunday Sundae!

Message from the Rabbi
 

The Torah portion that we read this week, Bamidbar, is always read in close proximity to the holiday of Shavuot. In fact, this year it is read on the the day before Shavuot.

The word Bamidbar means “in the desert” and of course it refers to the Sinai Desert in which the Jews wandered for 40 years following the Exodus from Egypt, before arriving in the Promised Land.

Deserts are usually public land, not owned by any one individual. So when G‑d was ready to give the Jewish people the Torah, on Shavuot, He chose to do so in a desert, to emphasize that the Torah does not belong to any one individual either. The Torah belongs to each and every single Jew equally, given to us by G‑d in order to connect to Him through its study and the observance of its commandments.

Every year on Shavuot, when the Ten Commandments are read, we “re-receive” the Torah. So come to services on Sunday, June 9, to hear the Torah reading and the Ten Commandments, and enjoy some delicious ice cream, cheesecakes, and delicious dairy treats.

And of course, don’t forget to bring the kids!

Shabbat shalom and chag same’ach.

 
Rosh Chodesh Women's Group — Cheesecake — June 4  
 

THE ART OF CUISINE: CHEESECAKE TASTE & MAKE!

Tuesday Night, June 4

Pre-Shavuot Women's Gathering

The Art of Self-Transformation

Gain some insights into the upcoming holiday.

Explore the Art of Cuisine and tools for self-transformation.

Taste and make your own cheesecakes.  No experience necessary.

Looking forward to celebrating the new month with you,

Raizel Deitsch

 

Cuisine

The Art of Self-Transformation

In the kitchen, we transform an inedible, or unsavory, or merely bland substance into something edible and delectable. Explore the dynamics of the art of food preparation through cheesecake making, and you will gain not only tools to nourish and satiate your family and loved ones but also formulas for self-transformation to get ready for the upcoming holiday of Shavuot.

Tuesday, June 4 — 7:00-9:00 pm

LOCATION: Chabad of NoVa
3939 Prince William Dr., Fairfax VA 22031
FEE: $10 - $18 suggested donation; or $36/$54 Sponsorship in honor of a special woman
RSVP: Contact Raizel at raizelg@gmail.com, or call the office to RSVP
   
 
Torah and Sushi - Sunday Nights May 26 & June 2  
 

3,331 years ago the entire Jewish people were camped in the desert at Mount Sinai when they had an experience that has never been replicated or duplicated.

They saw G‑d "eye to eye" and heard the 10 commandments.

Reacquaint yourself with this precious gift- The Torah.

Join us to discover how the Torah is relevant today in the areas of:

Ethics, Personal Growth and Jewish Practice ...and Sushi!

2 Sundays-May 26 and June 2

7:30-8:30 PM with Sushi

FREE but please RSVP!

See you there!

Rabbi Deitsch

 
Wanted: Pool Umbrellas, Furniture, Shade, etc.  
 

We're looking for patio umbrellas, canopies, and other significant sources of shade as well as patio / outdoor chairs and furniture for the lifeguards & pool attendees of all ages for our upcoming summer camp.

If you have anything to donate, please contact Terri at zteechz@gmail.com

 
Torah and Tea — Shavuot Class — Thursday  
 

Torah, Tea, and Tanya

Thursdays — 11:30 am — in the Library

This week: a special class about the upcoming holiday of Shavuot

Rebbitzen Raizel, raizelg@gmail.com

 
Thursday Night Torah Discussion  
 

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

 
Upcoming Services  
 

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).

(Herring and l'chaims included!)

 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
 
 
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Jun. 7
8:14 pm
Shabbat Ends / Holiday Begins:
Shabbat, Jun. 8
9:21 pm
Second Day Holiday:
Sunday, Jun. 9
9:21 pm
Holiday Ends:
Monday, Jun. 10
9:22 pm
Torah Portion: Bamidbar
 
 
Kiddush

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Eli Icovic and Allison Shmargal in honor of Alexander's bar mitzvah

MAZELTOV !!

Consider marking an occasion! Either on-line or call the office!

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
JLI: With All My Heart
Monday, Jun. 3, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Whether you’re seeking relief from stress; you’re hoping for focus, clarity, and connection to a raw and vulnerable place deep within you; or you just want to start each day from a positive, humble, and grateful frame of mind, this course is for you.

Jewish wisdom teaches profound techniques to give wings to our emotions and words to our yearnings, allowing us to make contact and communicate with something larger than ourselves and feel comfort and shelter within a reality that’s more whole, more intense, more real, and more beautiful.

More Info »
Rosh Chodesh: Cuisine, The Art of Self-Transformation
Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In the kitchen, we transform an inedible, or unsavory, or merely bland substance into something edible and delectable. Explore the dynamics of the art of food preparation through cheesecake making, and you will gain not only tools to nourish and satiate your family and loved ones but also formulas for self-transformation to get ready for the upcoming holiday of Shavuot!
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Jun. 6, 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
Kiddush Sponsor: Chabad Veterans
Shabbat, Jun. 8, 2019
This is Kiddush is being sponsored by Chabad Veterans and friends and family of Veterans to commemorate Memorial Day and D-Day (June 6th 1944)
Shavuot Community Dinner
Shabbat, Jun. 8, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Jun. 13, 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
JLI: With All My Heart
Monday, Jun. 17, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Whether you’re seeking relief from stress; you’re hoping for focus, clarity, and connection to a raw and vulnerable place deep within you; or you just want to start each day from a positive, humble, and grateful frame of mind, this course is for you.

Jewish wisdom teaches profound techniques to give wings to our emotions and words to our yearnings, allowing us to make contact and communicate with something larger than ourselves and feel comfort and shelter within a reality that’s more whole, more intense, more real, and more beautiful.

More Info »
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Jun. 20, 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
JLI: With All My Heart
Monday, Jun. 24, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Whether you’re seeking relief from stress; you’re hoping for focus, clarity, and connection to a raw and vulnerable place deep within you; or you just want to start each day from a positive, humble, and grateful frame of mind, this course is for you.

Jewish wisdom teaches profound techniques to give wings to our emotions and words to our yearnings, allowing us to make contact and communicate with something larger than ourselves and feel comfort and shelter within a reality that’s more whole, more intense, more real, and more beautiful.

More Info »
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Jun. 27, 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
Kiddush Sponsor: Albright
Shabbat, Jun. 29, 2019
A Todah to HKBH and a celebration of life!
 
 
Daily Thought
Begin with Alef

At Sinai, He said, “Let us bond together. Let us embrace in these mitzvahs, commune in this Torah, and in them we will be one.”

But He is an infinite, unknowable G‑d. If we cannot know Him, how can we bond with Him?

And so, when He came to us in His Torah at Mount Sinai, He began with an alef. And when we begin to learn, we begin with an alef.

In that first, infinitesimal point of not knowing, in that is contained all wisdom.

Leil Simchat Torah 5736:16.
 
Daily Quote
Why were the Jews commanded to each contribute half a shekel to the Sanctuary? To teach us that no individual is a complete entity unto himself. Only by joining with another can a person become a whole thing.
— The Chassidic masters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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The Jewish Calendar
  Sunday Iyar 28 | June 2
Omer: Day 43
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Samuel (877 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryEichmann Executed (1962)
Today in Jewish HistoryJerusalem Liberated (1967)
Laws and CustomsCount "Forty-Four Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Monday Iyar 29 | June 3
Omer: Day 44
Today in Jewish HistoryHebron Liberated (1967)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Meir of Premishlan (1850)
Laws and CustomsCount "Forty-Five Days to the Omer" Tonight
Laws and CustomsOmit Tachanun in the Afternoon
  Tuesday Sivan 1 | June 4
Rosh Chodesh
Omer: Day 45
Today in Jewish HistoryFlood Waters Recede (2105 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryEncampment at Sinai (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryKorach Swallowed (1312 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryWorms Jews Massacred (1096)
Today in Jewish HistoryEzekiel Describes Assyria's Downfall (423 BCE)
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  Wednesday Sivan 2 | June 5
Omer: Day 46
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  Thursday Sivan 3 | June 6
Omer: Day 47
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Prepare to Receive Torah (1313 BCE)
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Today in Jewish HistoryMaimonides Arrives in Israel (1165)
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  Friday Sivan 4 | June 7
Omer: Day 48
Today in Jewish HistoryMoses Transcribes (first part of) Torah (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryForced Conversion in Clermont (576)
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Returned to Spain (1481)
Today in Jewish HistoryChmielnitzki Massacres (1648)
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  Shabbat Sivan 5 | June 8
Omer: Day 49
Today in Jewish HistoryReuben Finds Mandrakes (1568 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Accept Torah (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryRabbis Burnt at Stake (1728)
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  Sunday Sivan 6 | June 9
Shavuot
Today in Jewish HistoryTorah Given (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of King David (837 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryCologne Jews Martyred (1096)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Baal Shem Tov (1760)
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  Monday Sivan 7 | June 10
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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Bamidbar

In the Sinai Desert, G‑d says to conduct a census of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses counts 603,550 men of draftable age (20 to 60 years); the tribe of Levi, numbering 22,300 males age one month and older, is counted separately. The Levites are to serve in the Sanctuary, replacing the firstborn, whose number they approximated, who were disqualified when they participated in the worshipping of the Golden Calf. The 273 firstborn who lacked a Levite to replace them had to pay a five-shekel “ransom” to redeem themselves.

When the people broke camp, the three Levite clans dismantled and transported the Sanctuary, and reassembled it at the center of the next encampment. They then erected their own tents around it: the Kohathites, who carried the Sanctuary’s vessels (the Ark, menorah, etc.) in their specially designed coverings on their shoulders, camped to its south; the Gershonites, in charge of its tapestries and roof coverings, to its west; and the families of Merari, who transported its wall panels and pillars, to its north. Before the Sanctuary’s entranceway, to its east, were the tents of Moses, Aaron, and Aaron’s sons.

Beyond the Levite circle, the twelve tribes camped in four groups of three tribes each. To the east were Judah (pop. 74,600), Issachar (54,400) and Zebulun (57,400); to the south, Reuben (46,500), Simeon (59,300) and Gad (45,650); to the west, Ephraim (40,500), Manasseh (32,200) and Benjamin (35,400); and to the north, Dan (62,700), Asher (41,500) and Naphtali (53,400). This formation was kept also while traveling. Each tribe had its own nassi (prince or leader), and its own flag with its tribal color and emblem.