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Dinner and Celebration - 19 Kislev - Conclusion of the Talmud - Tuesday Night, Nov. 27

Join us for an evening of inspiration on this special day

The 19 Kislev, the Rosh HaShana of Chassidism, and in honor of our community concluding the the Tanya and the Tractate of Avodah Zarah.

Tuesday night, 7:00 pm, November 27 at Chabad of NoVa.

Includes Festive Dinner — free — but please RSVP


Yud-Tes (19th of) Kislev is the anniversary of the passing of R. Dovber, the Maggid of Mezritch, in 1772, and the anniversary of the release from capital sentence and imprisonment of his disciple, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, in 1798 and is celebrated as a Chassidic holiday among Chabad Chassidim.

This day marks the "birth" of Chassidism: the day it was allowed to emerge from the womb of mysticism into the light of day, to grow and develop as an integral part of Torah and Jewish life.

Join us at Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia as we celebrate this historical day and explore its significance in our times.

Learn more at our Tanya Minisite >>


Chanukah Starts a Week from Sunday

Chanukah is coming up soon — starting on the night of Sunday, December 1.  We have a whole host of events lined up, fun for kids and fun for adults.  Check these out and mark your calendars!

Family Pre-Chanukah Shabbat Dinner - Friday, Nov. 30

Chanukah Grand Lighting at Fairfax Square - Monday, December 3

A Trampoline Chanukah - Sunday December 2

Chanukah Workshop at Home Depot - Sunday, December 9

Message from the Rabbi
 

It is no secret that thankful people are happy people. When you appreciate all the good in your life, it inevitably helps you recognize the many reasons you have to be happy. And happy people are usually pleasant people to be around, allowing their joy and positive attitude to rub off of others.

Another quality that thankful people have is that they are usually humble. This is what our patriarch Jacob did in this week’s Torah portion, proclaiming to G‑d: “I have become small from all the kindnesses … that You have rendered Your servant.” He recognized that all the good in his life was from G‑d, instead of thinking that he earned it in his own merit.

While the day of Thanksgiving in the US is a day to reflect on all the good that we have in life, let us not forget that appreciation for everything that G‑d has done for us should be expressed every single day of the year.

 
Winter Camp Gan Izzy!  
 

Winter Camp registration is open!

At Camp Gan Israel boys and girls, in grades K -8, can have their winter break transformed into a fun and exciting Jewish camp experience. Daily options available!

Our activities include exciting field trips, crafts, games and much more....

Dates: 
Monday, December 24 through Friday, January 4th 

Times:
9:00AM - 3:30PM 
Extended Care (additional cost): 
8:00AM - 9:00AM and 3:30PM - 5:30PM (No aftercare on Fridays)

Cost:
Full 10 Days: $495   
Weekly Rate: $260 
Daily Rate: $55 
5% Sibling Discount
  

Cost includes trips, lunch, snack, entertainers & all activities 

SIGN UP TODAY BY CLICKING HERE

C LICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR ACTIVITIES

If you have any questions or would like more information please call the camp office at 703-426-1980 or reply to this e-mail.

Rabbi Shloime Adler
Camp Director
www.CGINova.com

Book Launch Brunch! Sunday, Dec. 2  
 

Thursday Schedule  
 

Note: Ladies Torah and Tea and Thursday Night Torah Discussion are cancelled

8:00 am - Shacharis

10:00 am to 11:30 am - Soccer!  On the Chabad fields

11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Ultimate Frisbee!  On the Chabad fields

4:30 pm - Mincha

5:20 pm - Ma'ariv

Upcoming Service Times  
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 
 
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax, VA [Based on Zip Code 22031]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Nov 23
4:32 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Nov 24
5:33 pm
Torah Portion: Vayishlach
 
 
Kiddush Sponsor

This week's kiddush is sponsored by the Rosenblums, in commemoration of the yahtzeit of Susan's father.

Consider marking an occasion!  Go online here, or call the office!

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
JLI: Wrestling with Faith
Nov. 22, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G‑d. It is easy, e.g., to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G‑d with our daily decisions, many share a secret, painful fear that G‑d isn’t really looking out for them. Many of us have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with our Jewish faith. So, e.g., when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, we feel forced to choose between science and our faith. Wrestling with Faith was created to tackle questions like these—the “big issues” that keep people from an intimate relationship with G‑d. The course acknowledges the unspoken doubts and fears that all people share, and seizes their invitation for us to dig deeper for answers.
More Info »
Kiddush Sponsor: Rosenblum
Nov. 24, 2018
Sponsored by the Rosenblums for the Yartzeit of Susan's father.
JLI: Wrestling with Faith
Nov. 26, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G‑d. It is easy, e.g., to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G‑d with our daily decisions, many share a secret, painful fear that G‑d isn’t really looking out for them. Many of us have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with our Jewish faith. So, e.g., when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, we feel forced to choose between science and our faith. Wrestling with Faith was created to tackle questions like these—the “big issues” that keep people from an intimate relationship with G‑d. The course acknowledges the unspoken doubts and fears that all people share, and seizes their invitation for us to dig deeper for answers.
More Info »
Celebration and Concludion of the Talmud
Nov. 27, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Join us for an evening of inspiration on this special day — 19 Kislev, the Rosh HaShana of Chassidism — and in honor of our community concluding the Tractate of Avodah Zarah. $10 includes festive dinner.
JLI: Wrestling with Faith
Nov. 29, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G‑d. It is easy, e.g., to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G‑d with our daily decisions, many share a secret, painful fear that G‑d isn’t really looking out for them. Many of us have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with our Jewish faith. So, e.g., when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, we feel forced to choose between science and our faith. Wrestling with Faith was created to tackle questions like these—the “big issues” that keep people from an intimate relationship with G‑d. The course acknowledges the unspoken doubts and fears that all people share, and seizes their invitation for us to dig deeper for answers.
More Info »
Pre-Chanukah Shabbat Dinner
Nov. 30, 2018 - 5:30 pm
Join us for a festive Shabbat meal — for only $10 per family. Special performance by nationally acclaimed Jewish rapper Ari Lesser (you can't miss this!) at 5:30, dinner at 6:00
More Info »
Kiddush Sponsor: Oleinick
Dec. 1, 2018
Ian's Bar Mitzvah. Mazal Tov!
Book Launch Brunch
Dec. 2, 2018 - 10:00 am
Eric Rozenman, a long time NOVA community member, will discuss his new book, "Jews Make the Best Demons, 'Palestine and the Jewish Question'". Considering the recent anti-Semitic events at our local JCC, and of course the tragedy in Pittsburgh, this couldnt be more timely.

Brunch 10:00, Presentation 10:30. Free of charge.

There will be books for sale and the author will be happy to sign your copy.

More Info »
A Trampoline Chanukah
Dec. 2, 2018 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Our Fourth Annual "Flip Like A Latke" event at Flight Trampoline Park. We're reserved it, exclusively for Chabad and friends, from 6pm to 7pm.
More Info »
Chanukah Party - Fairfax Square
Dec. 3, 2018 - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Grand menorah lighting, music, crafts, doughnuts, fire juggler, and more. Free.
More Info »
Menorah Workshop @ Home Depot
Dec. 9, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Build your own menorah, free latkes, olive oil making demo, free workers apron, and more . . .
More Info »
 
 
 
Daily Quote
You will see My back; but My face will not be seen.
Daily Thought
Soul Repair

How will you fix a soul?

A soul doesn’t need fixing. It needs to be uncovered.

Blind yourself to its muddy crust. Dig deeply and deeper yet, sift through the darkened embers, search for a spark that still shines. Fan that spark until a flame appears, find the mitzvah that will serve as its oil and wick. Until all is consumed in the warmth of that flame.

For empathy is the redeemer of love, and love is the mother of all good deeds.

Hayom Yom, Sivan 1; Tanya, chapter 32.
 
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The Jewish Calendar
  Sunday Kislev 10 | November 18
Today in Jewish HistoryLiberation of R. DovBer (1826)
Laws and CustomsChabad custom: Omit Tachanun
  Monday Kislev 11 | November 19
  Tuesday Kislev 12 | November 20
Today in Jewish HistoryRabbi "YY" Kazen (1998)
  Wednesday Kislev 13 | November 21
Today in Jewish HistoryTalmud completed (475 CE)
  Thursday Kislev 14 | November 22
Today in Jewish HistoryReuben Born (1568 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryRebbe's Marriage (1928)
  Friday Kislev 15 | November 23
Today in Jewish HistoryRabbi Judah the Prince (188 CE)
  Shabbat Kislev 16 | November 24
Today in Jewish HistoryNoah’s Ark Comes to Rest (2104 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPulver Purim (1804)
  Sunday Kislev 17 | November 25
Today in Jewish HistoryEzra Cries and Prays (348 BCE)
  Monday Kislev 18 | November 26
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Abraham Maimuni (1237)
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Baruch Mezhibuzher (1811)
Laws and CustomsChabad custom: Omit Tachnun in afternoon prayers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 
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.