Chabad Lubavitch of Northern VirginiaEmail: rabbideitsch@aol.comPhone: 703-426-1980www.ChabadNoVa.org
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Wednesday - 19 Kislev Farbrengen and Free Dinner

Free event - Dinner served

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Guest speaker Rabbi Levy Wineberg is an author, scholar and shliach to Johannesburg, South Africa since 1983. During his tenures as Rosh Yeshiva, Rosh Kollel and as head of the Machon LeHoraah (Semicha) he founded, he has educated and inspired two generations of students of Talmud, Halacha, and Chasidic studies. Famous for his ability to explain complex subjects in simple terms, Rabbi Wineberg has a gift for illustrating abstract ideas with a pungent story and a pithy aphorism.

Message from the Rabbi
 

This week’s Torah portion, Vayishlach, describes the meeting between Jacob and his brother Esau after many years of separation and animosity. On the surface it seems that they reconciled and Esau no longer wanted to kill Jacob. He even invited Jacob and his entire family to settle in his land.

But the traditional view is that Esau can never truly change his colors. While he may pretend to suddenly get along with Jacob, he will always remain Esau and will continue working to find ways to undermine his brother.

The challenge we face as Jews, especially in today’s modern world, is the allure of fitting in and having people say nice things about us. But let us not forget that while it’s nice to have friends in the world at large, the Jewish people will always be different and we will never be like everyone else.

That, my friends, is the key to our survival.

Shabbat shalom.

 
Judaism 201: Chanukah: The Last Pit Stop Before Darkness — December 17  
 

This set of classes are intended for those who feel like they already know a bit about Torah and the holidays, and would like to explore on a deeper level.  These classes will be about once per month

Our next class is...

Chanukah: The Last Pit Stop Before Darkness
Tuesday, December 17, 8pm

(rescheduled from Wed., Dec 18)

While many consider Chanukah the least of the major holidays, some argue otherwise.  The S'fas Emes says that Chanukah is the key to the survival of the Jewish people for the past 2000 years.  Extra: some consider Chanukah the oldest holiday in the world — what's that about?

It's guaranteed that you will not look at Chanukah the same way after this class.

The Judaism 201 classes are for men and women, and are at 8pm at the shul.

 
Chanukah Pajamika — Family Shabbat Dinner  
 

This month's family Shabbat Dinner will be "Chanukah Pajamika"!  Dress Up!

Friday December 20, 2019 

Candle-lighting and Family Sing along: 4:30 pm

Shabbat Dinner: 5:00 pm

RSVP On-Line!

 
Dec 23 - Grand Menorah Lighting - Fairfax Square  
 

 

 
Dec 24 - 5th Annual Flip Like a Latke at the Trampoline Park  
 

$10/person - $25/family

RSVP On-Line or by calling the Office

 
Dec 25 - What's a Jew to Do? Chinese and a Movie!  
 

  • Dec 25, 5:30 pm
  • Chinese Food Buffet
  • Kids Program
  • Explanations of the Yiddish you may have missed the first time
  • Only $12/person or $30/family
  • RSVP: chabadnovadesk@gmail.com
 
Dec 26 - Grand Menorah Lighting - Springfield Town Center  
 

 
Dec 26 - Miracle of the (Essential) Oil - Rosh Chodesh Group  
 

 
Weekly Torah Discussion - Tuesday Nights  
 

Tuesday Nights - 8:00 pm

Learn new parsha insights that, in turn, relate to everyday life.

Taugh by Rabbi Mendel Deitsch.

Come check it out!

 
Mind2Mind - Thursday Nights  
 

Join one of our personalized study groups and maximize your learning potential. Groups focused on Jewish Mysticism, the weekly Torah portion, Intro Talmud, Advanced Talmud, and more...

Thursday evenings 7:45-9 pm — through December 19

 
Upcoming Service Times  
 

 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
 
 
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Dec. 13
4:30 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Dec. 14
5:32 pm
Torah Portion: Vayishlach
 
 
Kiddush

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Glenn & Marie Taubman in gratitude for the numerous Blessings bestowed upon them; in honor of their successful trip to Eretz Yisrael; and for the yahrzeit of their special friend, Jonathan Maultasch (z'l), Yaakov Chaim ben Mordechai Yonah.

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

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Kiddush Sponsor: Glenn & Marie Taubman
Shabbat, Dec. 14, 2019
The Kiddush is sponsored by Glenn & Marie Taubman in gratitude for the numerous Blessings bestowed upon us; in honor of our successful trip to Eretz Yisrael; and for the yahrzeit of our special friend, Jonathan Maultasch (z'l), Yaakov Chaim ben Mordechai Yonah.
Chanukah Workshop - Build your own menorah!
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 - 12:15 pm
Free — Build your own menorah — make olive oil — Latkes — and more!
More Info »
JLI: Worrier to Warrior
Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 - 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
This course offers formulas to remain upbeat and happy despite hardships, feelings of guilt, or personal inadequacy. Based on the mystical text of the Tanya chapters 26–34, this course studies spiritual mechanisms that allow one to survive—and thrive—despite life’s difficulties.
Judaism 201: Beyond the Basics - Chanukah
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chanukah - The Last Pit Stop Before Darkness

While many consider Chanukah the least of the major holidays, some argue otherwise. The S’fas Emes says that Chanukah is the key to the survival of the Jewish people for the past 2000 years. Extra: Some consider Chanukah the oldest holiday in the world — what’s that about?
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Mendel Deitsch
Yud Tes Kislev Farbrangen
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 - 12:00 pm
A special Farbrangen celebrating the "birthday of Chassidus". Free event - Dinner served With guest speaker Rabbi Levy Wineberg, an author, scholar and shliach to Johannesburg, South Africa since 1983.
More Info »
Mind2Mind Learning
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 - 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Join one of our personalized study groups and maximize your learning potential. Groups focused on Jewish Mysticism, the weekly Torah portion, Intro Talmud, Advanced Talmud, and more...
Chanukah Pajamika Family Dinner
Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 - 4:30 pm
"Chanukah Pajamika"! Come dressed up!
Candle-lighting and Family Sing along: 4:30 pm
Shabbat Dinner: 5:00 pm

More Info »
Chanukah Party - Fairfax Square
Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Grand menorah lighting, music, crafts, doughnuts, and more. Free.
More Info »
Flip Like A Latke
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Our Fifth Annual "Flip Like A Latke" event at Flight Trampoline Park. We're reserved it, exclusively for Chabad and friends, from 6pm to 7pm. $10/person; $25/family
More Info »
Chinese and a Movie
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 - 5:30 pm
Chinese Food Buffet, Kids Program, Explanations of the Yiddish you may have missed the first time, $12/person or $30/family
More Info »
Chanukah Party - Springfield
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Grand menorah lighting, music, crafts, doughnuts, and more. Free.
More Info »
Rosh Chodesh Chanukah Event: Essential Oils
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 - 7:00 pm
An evening of inspiration, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Create your own personalized blend of essential oils and products to take home. Includes menorah lighting, donuts, hot latkes, and more.
More Info »
 
 
 
Daily Thought
A Paradox

It’s a paradox: The greatest revelations are to be found not in meditation, study and prayer, but in the mundane world

—but only if you would rather be meditating, studying and praying.

 
Daily Quote
[Rabbi Yochanan] said to [his disciples]: Go and see which is the best trait for a person to acquire. Said Rabbi Eliezer: A good eye. Said Rabbi Joshua: A good friend. Said Rabbi Yossei: A good neighbor. Said Rabbi Shimon: To foresee what will be born. Said Rabbi Elazar: A good heart. Said He to them: I prefer the words of Elazar the son of Arach to yours, for his words include all of yours
— Ethics of the Fathers 2:10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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Your Questions
Why Add a Light Each Night of Chanukah?
 
By the Numbers
16 Menorah Facts Every Jew Should Know
The word menorah is Hebrew for “lamp,” and generally refers to the eight-branched candelabra that we light on the Jewish holiday of Chanukah.
Parshah
The Kiss
Twenty years after Jacob stole the blessing, he was about to meet Esau once more. There was much at stake, not only for Jacob and his family, but for all of the cosmos.
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
North America
At White House, Chassidim Recognized for Getting Criminal Justice Reform Done
Inspired by the Rebbe, a group saw prison reform through from proposal to law, and yesterday the President recognized their efforts
Holiday Watch
Chanukah Comes to Life in Modi’in, the Birthplace of the Maccabees
 
North America
Jersey City Jewish Community Establishes Fund for Anti-Semitic Attack Victims
 
North America
Jewish Community Comes Together as Anti-Semitic Killers Identified in Jersey City Rampage
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The Jewish Calendar
  Thursday Kislev 14 | December 12
Today in Jewish HistoryReuben Born (1568 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryRebbe's Marriage (1928)
  Friday Kislev 15 | December 13
Today in Jewish HistoryRabbi Judah the Prince (188 CE)
  Shabbat Kislev 16 | December 14
Today in Jewish HistoryNoah’s Ark Comes to Rest (2104 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPulver Purim (1804)
  Sunday Kislev 17 | December 15
Today in Jewish HistoryEzra Cries and Prays (348 BCE)
  Monday Kislev 18 | December 16
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Abraham Maimuni (1237)
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Baruch Mezhibuzher (1811)
Laws and CustomsChabad custom: Omit Tachnun in afternoon prayers
  Tuesday Kislev 19 | December 17
Yud-Tes Kislev
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Maggid (1772)
Today in Jewish HistoryLiberation of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1798)
Today in Jewish HistoryRebbetzin Menuchah Rachel born (1798)
Laws and Customs"Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism"; begin Tanya study cycle
Laws and CustomsChabad custom: Omit Tachanun
  Wednesday Kislev 20 | December 18
Chof Kislev
Today in Jewish HistoryEzra's Address (347 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryTanya Published (1796)
Laws and Customs"Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism"
Laws and CustomsChabad custom: Omit Tachanun
  Thursday Kislev 21 | December 19
Today in Jewish HistoryAlexander in Jerusalem (313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistorySatmar Rebbe Rescued (1944)
  Friday Kislev 22 | December 20
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Rabbi Eliezer ben Eliyahu Ashkenazi (1585)
  Shabbat Kislev 23 | December 21
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Accused of Poisoning the Wells (1348)
Laws and CustomsBless New Month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
 
The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Vayishlach

Jacob returns to the Holy Land after a 20-year stay in Charan, and sends angel-emissaries to Esau in hope of a reconciliation, but his messengers report that his brother is on the warpath with 400 armed men. Jacob prepares for war, prays, and sends Esau a large gift (consisting of hundreds of heads of livestock) to appease him.

That night, Jacob ferries his family and possessions across the Jabbok River; he, however, remains behind and encounters the angel that embodies the spirit of Esau, with whom he wrestles until daybreak. Jacob suffers a dislocated hip but vanquishes the supernal creature, who bestows on him the name Israel, which means “he who prevails over the divine.”

Jacob and Esau meet, embrace and kiss, but part ways. Jacob purchases a plot of land near Shechem, whose crown prince—also called Shechem— abducts and rapes Jacob’s daughter Dinah. Dinah’s brothers Simeon and Levi avenge the deed by killing all male inhabitants of the city , after rendering them vulnerable by convincing them to circumcise themselves.

Jacob journeys on. Rachel dies while giving birth to her second son, Benjamin, and is buried in a roadside grave near Bethlehem. Reuben loses the birthright because he interferes with his father’s marital life. Jacob arrives in Hebron, to his father Isaac, who later dies at age 180. (Rebecca has passed away before Jacob’s arrival.)

Our Parshah concludes with a detailed account of Esau’s wives, children and grandchildren; the family histories of the people of Seir, among whom Esau settled; and a list of the eight kings who ruled Edom, the land of Esau’s and Seir’s descendants.