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Friday Night Shabbat Dinners -- for Campers and Their Families! And everyone else, too!

Join your child's counselors and the rest of the Camp Gan Izzy Staff for a delicious Shabbos dinner.

It promises to be an evening of spirit, stories, and Shabbos Delicacies -- with food from around the world. It is also a wonderful way to meet your child's counselors and see for yourself why your campers love camp.

And if you're a kid at heart, or ever used to be a kid, or simply would like to check out an energetic, fun, shabbat dinner -- you're invited, too!

Where: Chabad Community Campus
When: Friday Night, July 21, 7:00 pm
Cost: $12/adult; $8/child; max $50/family
  • Friday, July 21 - Italian Shabbat Cuisine
  • Friday, August 4 - Chinese Shabbat Cuisine
  • Friday, August 18 - Traditional Shabbat Cuisine

Please RSVP to Chabad / Camp Gan Izzy

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Message from the Rabbi
 

A local fundraiser for the synagogue realized that he had never received a donation from the town's most successful lawyer. "Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least one million you did not give a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?" he asked.

The lawyer mulled over the request for a moment and replied, "First, did your research also show that my mother is very sick, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?"

Embarrassed, the fundraiser mumbled, "Um, no."

The lawyer continued, "Or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?"

The fundraiser began to stammer out an apology but was interrupted again. "Or that my sister's husband died while serving his country," the lawyer's voice rising in indignation, "leaving her penniless with three children?!"

The humiliated fundraiser, completely beaten, said simply, "I had no idea."

The lawyer cut him off once again, "So if I don't give any money to them, why should I give any to you?"


Just before our ancestors entered the promised land, the tribes of Reuben and Gad asked for special permission to remain on the east bank of the Jordan River, while the rest of the nation would settle on its west bank. They made a passionate plea to Moses, explaining that they had lots of cattle and that the fertile land east of the Jordan was perfect for their livestock. “"We will build sheepfolds for our livestock here and cities for our children,” they insisted. “We will then arm ourselves quickly [and go] before the children of Israel until we have brought them to their place.”

Moses acquiesced while subtly admonishing them in his response: “So build yourselves cities for your children and [only then] enclosures for your sheep.” Moses changed the order of their words, hinting to them to remember their priorities. Children and our spiritual future come first!

In contemporary terms, our “livestock” is our material wealth—our beautiful homes, flashy cars and extensive investment portfolios. Like the tribes of Reuben and Gad, many in our generation erroneously place their wealth ahead of their kids.

We must never lose sight of our real priorities. While material blessings can be wisely utilized, our children and what they represent are far more important. Yes, there are many positive, kosher ways to use our material wealth, and some of the greatest deeds, like giving charity, can be performed with material goods. However, the accumulation and protection of our wealth should never happen, G‑d forbid, at the expense of that which is most important. It is our children who truly represent our net worth!

 
Three Weeks Coming Up . . .  
 

July 11 - Aug 1, 2017

A full three weeks of our year--the three weeks "between the strictures" of Tammuz 17 (Tuesday, July 11) and the 9th of Av (Tuesday, Aug. 1) -- are designated as a time of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temple and the resultant galut--physical exile and spiritual displacement--in which we still find ourselves.

In this period, many calamities befell the Jewish people throughout the generations. It was during this period that both the first and second Temples were destroyed.

During this period, we lessen the extent of our rejoicing. We don't:

  • Conduct weddings (but engagements, even on Tisha B'Av are permitted
  • Take haircuts or shaving
  • Engage in activities that would require us to say Shehekiyanu, even on Shabbat
  • Play musical instruments or listen to music
  • We do study about the Beis HaMikdash (the Holy Temple) from such sources as the Prophets, Mishna, Gemara, and Maimonides

The Nine Days

During the last Nine Days leading up to Tisha B'Av (July 24 -August 14), a period which begins Monday, the 1st of Av, we increase our mourning, and refrain from more activities, including drinking wine and eating meat (except on shabbos), swimming, or purchasing new clothing.  (More info on the Nine Days).

From Destruction to Renewal

But there is more to the Three Weeks than fasting and lamentation. The prophet describes the fasts as "days of goodwill before G‑d"-days of opportunity to exploit the failings of the past as the impetus for a renewed and even deeper bond with G‑d. A sense of purification accompanies the fasting, a promise of redemption pervades the mourning, and a current of joy underlies the sadness. The Ninth of Av, say our sages, is not only the day of the Temple's destruction--it is also the birthday of Moshiach.

May we soon merit the fulfillment of the prophecy: "I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and make them rejoice from their sorrow" (Jeremiah 31:12).

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Thursday Night Torah Discussion  
 

Using the newly released book -- The Inside Story -- written by the widely acclaimed author, R Yanki Tauber, we will re-energize our Thursday night classes!

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

Service Times This Week  
 

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) 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax, VA [Based on Zip Code 22031]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Jul 21
8:12 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Jul 22
9:15 pm
Torah Portion: Matot-Massei
 
 
Kiddush
This week's kiddush is sponsored by Jean Hershkowitz, in commemoration of her mother's yahrtzeit; and the Lapidus family, in honor of Mark's birthday

Consider marking an occasion!  Call the office!

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Upcoming Events
Camp Shabbat Dinner
Jul. 21, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Join your child's counselors and the rest of the Camp Gan Izzy Staff for a delicious Shabbos dinner -- an evening of spirit, stories, and Shabbos Delicacies -- with food from around the world.

Meet your child's counselors and see for yourself why your campers love camp.
Kiddush Sponsors: Herskowitz & Lapidus
Jul. 22, 2017
Herskowitz - Jean's mother's [a"h] yahrzeit -Tammuz 29.
Lapidus: Mark's Hebrew birthday.
Mind2Mind - Learning
Jul. 26, 2017 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Small study groups - no experience necessary:
- Beginners Talmud - "Does Judaism really believe in the Resurrection of the Dead?" - developing Talmud skills in understanding form and content
-Advanced Talmud - "Why Pray"- The sources for our daily Prayers
-Jewish Mysticism - Tanya: "The Book for the Average Man"
-Parsha - The Lubavitcher Rebbe's insights on the weekly Torah portion
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Jul. 27, 2017 - 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: Pauli
Jul. 29, 2017
To commemorate farewell addresses.
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Aug. 3, 2017 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives-- led by Rabbi Deitsch
Camp Shabbat Dinner
Aug. 4, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Join your child's counselors and the rest of the Camp Gan Izzy Staff for a delicious Shabbos dinner -- an evening of spirit, stories, and Shabbos Delicacies -- with food from around the world.

Meet your child's counselors and see for yourself why your campers love camp.
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Aug. 10, 2017 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives-- led by Rabbi Deitsch
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Aug. 17, 2017 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives-- led by Rabbi Deitsch
Camp Shabbat Dinner
Aug. 18, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Join your child's counselors and the rest of the Camp Gan Izzy Staff for a delicious Shabbos dinner -- an evening of spirit, stories, and Shabbos Delicacies -- with food from around the world.

Meet your child's counselors and see for yourself why your campers love camp.
 
 
Daily Thought
Chutzpah

The sages said about chutzpah, “Damned is the one who has it, and damned is the one who does not.”

Chutzpah makes a man into an idol. But without it, how can he change the world?

Our conscious mind must know it is nothing, and the power G‑d has placed in our heart may then burst forth.

Maamarei Admor Hazaken Haketzarim, p. 370; Behar-Bechukotai 5731:2.
 
Daily Quote
The crown of priesthood was given to Aaron; the crown of royalty was given to David; the crown of Torah is still available -- whoever wants to attain it, may come and attain it
— Talmud, Yoma 2b
 
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Parshat Matot-Massei

Moses conveys the laws governing the annulment of vows to the heads of the tribes of Israel. War is waged against Midian for their role in plotting the moral destruction of Israel, and the Torah gives a detailed account of the war spoils and how they were allocated amongst the people, the warriors, the Levites and the high priest.

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