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Did the Exodus Really Happen? Shabbaton - April 12-13

Pre-Passover Shabbat

Get ready for Passover with academic insights into Exodus and the Haggadah with world famous Professor Lawrence Schiffman

Friday Night: Services 7 PM Followed by dinner and lecture: "Evidence for Exodus- The historical record on Passover and its Seder implications"

Shabbos Kiddush:  "Five Tips For a Meaningful Seder- Appreciating the beauty of the Haggadah"

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Message from the Rabbi
 

For the third time this (Hebrew) year, we will be doing something quite unusual at Shabbat services—we will be using three Torah scrolls.

One will be for the regular Torah reading of Tazria, the second for the monthly Rosh Chodesh reading, and the third for the special reading of HaChodesh, read every year at the beginning of the month of Nissan (or just before it).

There’s an old Russian saying: “G‑d loves when things are done three times.” In Judaism, doing something three times gives it a heightened sense of holiness and permanence.

And if doing something in threes is good, imagine how great doing it three times is! Not all years are there three occasions for three Torah scrolls to be used, sometimes it’s just once or twice. But this year we get to experience this phenomenon three times! Won’t you join us?

Shabbat shalom!

 
Pesach in Two Weeks! Seders are April 19 & 20  
 

This year's Pesach seders will be on Friday and Saturday nights, April 19th and 20th

Join us this year for Pesach — whether it be services, seders, or classes! 

Community Seder
 

 

Relive the exodus, discover the eternal meaning of the Haggadah, and enjoy a community Seder complete with hand-baked Shmurah Matzah, wine and a wonderful dinner spiced with unique traditional customs.

Friday night, April 18 8:00 PM

Saturday night, March 31

Following the Evening Services: 8:00pm

Join us for Pesach Seders that you'll never forget!

 
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Sell Your Chametz
 

 

Use this online form to sell your chametz for Pesach.

Any chametz left undisposed must be sold to a non-Jew. Since there are many legal intricacies involved in this sale, a rabbi acts as our agent both to sell the chametz to the non-Jew on the morning before Pesach and also to buy it back the evening after Pesach ends. Use this online form to quickly delegate a rabbi to sell your chametz for you.

 
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Order Matzah
 

 

Traditional handmade shmurah matzah is recommended for seder use.

Shmurah means watched, and it is an apt description of this matzah, the ingredients of which (the flour and water) are watched from the moment of harvesting and drawing.

Shmurah matzot are round, kneaded and shaped by hand, and are similar to the matzot that were baked by the Children of Israel as they left Egypt. It is thus fitting to use Shmurah Matzah on each of the two Seder nights for the matzot of the Seder plate.

Order your matzah today!

 
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Further Reading
 

 

Pesach is a great time to reconnect with our history and traditions. Take a few moments and read some interesting and new handpicked Pesach features from our site, from the practical to the esoteric. You’ll find something to share with your family, and perhaps gain a new perspective on Pesach.

 

Women's Pre-Passover Rosh Chodesh — Art & Soul: Literature — April 11  
 

Thursday Night, April 11

Pre-Passover Women's Gathering

Dear Ladies,

As we begin to prepare our homes for Passover, let us join together to prepare our minds and hearts.

The Art of Storytelling

We will explore the power of narrative in our lives, and in the Exodus.

Our very own Sherri Shunfenthal will lead us in a poetry workshop.

Plus- each person will receive a collection of "Fairfax Favorites" Passover Recipes! Please send in 1-3 of your favorite recipes to hindyrdeitsch@gmail.com by Tuesday April 9th.

RSVP today!

Looking forward to sharing this with you,

Raizel Deitsch

 

IV - Literature

The Art of Storytelling

The ancient philosophers referred to the human race as "the speaker." From the moment we are born, we are telling a story to ourselves and to others: the story that becomes the reality of our lives. When we master the art of how words become a narrative, we become "partners with God in Creation." Instead of passive recipients of whatever life sends our way, we become active innovators in creating the significance of our own existence, and of Creation as a whole.

Thursday, April 11 — 7:30-9:00 pm

LOCATION: Chabad of NoVa
3939 Prince William Dr., Fairfax VA 22031
FEE: $10 - or $36/$54 Sponsorship in honor of a special woman
RSVP: Contact Raizel at raizelg@gmail.com, or RSVP directly here
 

Future Courses

V - Fashion Design
Interface and Engagement

VI - Architecture
The Art of Purpose

Discounts on Wine for Pesach!  
 

We want to inform that community that we are making wine available to you at a good discount.

Here are two wines we are selling:

Alfasi Cabernet Sauvignon:
Local price: $9.99
OUR price: $8.50

Don Alfonso Cabernet Sauvignon:
Local price: $8.99
OUR price: $8.00

We have limited cases so please let us know as soon as possible so a case can be reserved for you this holiday!  Just give a call to the office.

Chag Sameach!
Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia

Torah and Tea — and Tanya! Thursday mornings  
 

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Torah, Tea, and Tanya - Thursdays through April 11, 11:30 am

Each session includes the main lessons of several chapters of Tanya. We highly recommend reading over the chapters in English if you have time before, so you are more familiar with new concepts, see it in it's original text,(which we won't be using in class — we'll only using the text book with quotes and charts), and so you can ask plenty of questions

There is also a fairly new and excellent book with more commentary and analysis (but, more expensive) by R Chaim Miller: The Practical Tanya - Part One - The Book for Inbetweeners. It available at Amazon here.

Thursday mornings in the Library, 11:30 am.

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  
 

 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                     
 
 
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Apr. 5
7:18 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Apr. 6
8:18 pm
Torah Portion: Tazria
 
 
Kiddush

As of this writing, there is no sponsor for this week's kiddush

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

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Apr. 4, 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
Torah, Tea, and Tanya
Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
This winter/spring series for women will be an overview of the Tanya, a foundational work on Chassidic philosophy, sometimes described as "practical Kabbalah". Contact Rebbitzen Raizel for more information.
The Art of Storytelling
Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The ancient philosophers referred to the human race as "the speaker." From the moment we are born, we are telling a story to ourselves and to others—the story that becomes the reality of our lives. When we master the art of how words become a narrative, we become "partners with God in Creation." Instead of passive recipients of whatever life sends our way, we become active innovators in creating the significance of our own existence, and of Creation as a whole.
More Info »
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Apr. 11, 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
Shabbat Dinner w/ Prof. Schiffman
Friday, Apr. 12, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Did the Exodus really happen? Come hear world-famous Professor Lawrence Schiffman discuss what recent archeology findings say about the Exodus. And enjoy a warm shabbos meal, too! $18/adult; $10/child
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Kiddush Sponsor: Multiple Families
Shabbat, Apr. 13, 2019
This Kiddush is being sponsored by:

The Isaacson’s In honor of their 13th Wedding Anniversary.

The Taubman’s in honor of their Wedding Anniversary.

Jean Herskowitz in appreciation of Chabad Shluchim all over-the world.

Alon Tuval Thank our community’s warm hospitality
Shabbat Lunch with Prof. Schiffman
Shabbat, Apr. 13, 2019 - 1:00 pm
Professor Schiffman will speak at our kiddush on the topic of "Five Tips for a Meaningful Seder - Appreciating the Beauty of the Hagaddah"
More Info »
Pesach Seder
Friday, Apr. 19, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Relive the exodus, discover the eternal meaning of the Haggadah, and enjoy a community Seder complete with hand-baked Shmurah Matzah, wine and a wonderful dinner spiced with unique traditional customs.


More Info »
Pesach Seder
Shabbat, Apr. 20, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Relive the exodus, discover the eternal meaning of the Haggadah, and enjoy a community Seder complete with hand-baked Shmurah Matzah, wine and a wonderful dinner spiced with unique traditional customs.


More Info »
 
 
Daily Thought
Wisdom to Heal

In every detail of your world you will find infinite complexity.

That is divine. But it is not yet the true divine wisdom.

The true wisdom lies in the power you are given to heal your world.

 
Daily Quote
Even when I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me
                                                                                                                                                                                     
This Week @ www.ChabadNoVa.org
Your Questions
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Story
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Holiday Watch
1 Million Pounds of Shmurah Matzah: How Passover Production Continues to Rise
 
                                                                                                                                                                                     
The Jewish Calendar
  Thursday Adar II 28 | April 4
Today in Jewish HistoryDecree Against Ritual Circumcision Rescinded (2nd century)
Today in Jewish HistoryPurim Cairo (1524)
  Friday Adar II 29 | April 5
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Commanded 1st Mitzvah (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryNapoleon's "Sanhedrin" Dissolved (1807)
Laws and CustomsOmit Tachanun in the Afternoon
  Shabbat Nissan 1 | April 6
Rosh Chodesh
Hachodesh
Today in Jewish HistoryCreation of man (in thought) (3761 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryThe Patriarchs (1813-1506 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryJewish Calendar Inaugurated (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryMishkan Inaugurated (1312 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryDeath of Nadav and Avihu (1312 BCE)
Laws and CustomsParshat Hachodesh
Laws and CustomsRosh Chodesh Observances
Laws and CustomsBlessing on Blooming Trees
Laws and Customs'Nasi' of the Day
  Sunday Nissan 2 | April 7
Today in Jewish HistoryFirst Red Heifer Prepared (1312 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Rashab (1920)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Issachar
Laws and CustomsOmit Tachnun
  Monday Nissan 3 | April 8
Today in Jewish HistoryLevites Inducted (1312 BCE)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Zebulun
  Tuesday Nissan 4 | April 9
Today in Jewish HistoryHospital Convoy Ambushed (1948)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Reuben
  Wednesday Nissan 5 | April 10
Today in Jewish HistorySpies to Jericho (1273 BCE)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Shimon
  Thursday Nissan 6 | April 11
Today in Jewish HistoryAfula Was Founded (1925)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Gad
  Friday Nissan 7 | April 12
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Prepare to Enter Canaan (1273 BCE)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Ephraim
  Shabbat Nissan 8 | April 13
Shabbat HaGadol
Today in Jewish HistoryWar of Egyptian Firstborn (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryFeast Ended in Shushan (366 BCE)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Menasseh
Laws and CustomsRecite from Haggadah; Study Passover Laws
                                                                                                                                                                                     
 
The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Tazria

The Parshah of Tazria continues the discussion of the laws of tumah v’taharah, ritual impurity and purity.

A woman giving birth should undergo a process of purification, which includes immersing in a mikvah (a naturally gathered pool of water) and bringing offerings to the Holy Temple. All male infants are to be circumcised on the eighth day of life.

Tzaraat (often mistranslated as “leprosy”) is a supra-natural plague, which also can afflict garments. If white or pink patches appear on a person’s skin (dark red or green in garments), a kohen is summoned. Judging by various signs, such as an increase in size of the afflicted area after a seven-day quarantine, the kohen pronounces it tamei (impure) or tahor (pure).

A person afflicted with tzaraat must dwell alone outside of the camp (or city) until he is healed. The afflicted area in a garment is removed; if the tzaraat spreads or recurs, the entire garment must be burned.