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Join Us for Chanukah!!

Night 6 // Sunday, December 17
Mosaic District Fairfax Menorah Lighting: 4:00 pm


Night 6 // Sunday, December 17
Atlas Walk at Virginia Gateway, Gainesville, Menorah Lighting: 5:30 pm



Night 7 // Monday, December 18
Flip Like a Latke: 5:15 pm - Flight Trampoline Park, 7200 Fullerton Rd., Springfield

Message from the Rabbi
 

The Russian general concluded his lecture and opened the floor to questions.

"Will there be a third world war? Will Russia participate?"

“Absolutely,” confirmed the general.

"Who will be the enemy?"

"China."

The audience was shocked. "General, we are a nation of 150 million, compared to the 1.5 billion Chinese!”

The general answered, "Modern warfare is about an army’s quality, not quantity. How else have 5 million Jews defended themselves against 150 million Arabs?”

A pause, and a small voice from the rear, "Do we have enough Jews?"


The two iconic Chanukah miracles couldn’t seem more different. First, an inexperienced, feeble band of Jewish priests defeated the Greek juggernaut. Then, in a quiet Temple alcove one small jar of oil burned for eight days. One is a display of unlikely military might, the other of profound spiritual endurance.

But on closer examination, Chanukah has only one theme: the triumph of quality over quantity.

These miracles remind us that we are not defined by how much we have or by how we spend the majority of our time, but by where our hearts lie. So much of life is dedicated to providing the bare necessities we and our families need. So much of what we own is simply a means to an end. The important things - our relationships, spiritual growth, and self-improvement, become relegated to the margins of our lives. That’s just the reality of life on earth.

Chanukah, however, reminds us that it is out islands of G‑dliness define us, not our seas of mundane concerns. One truthful moment outweighs a lifetime of equivocation. This Chanukah, as we sit with our families and reflect on the flames, remember that those precious experiences, no matter how fleeting they may seem, can continue to illuminate our entire lives.

 
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For Ladies: Grand Chanukah Swap!  
 

GRAND CHANUKA CLOTHING & ACCESSORY SWAP

Sunday, December 17 from 7:30 PMto 9:00 PM

Jewish Student Center4601 Roberts RoadFairfax, VA 22032

RSVP Here

Winter Camp Starts Monday!  
 

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Kickoff Event for New Group: Fairfax and NoVa Young Professionals  
 

Join us to kick off a new group for Fairfax and NOVA Young Professionals

A short interactive and uplifting Shabbat service followed by soup, scotch and shmoozing!

Friday Night, December 22,  7 pm - 8 pm at Chabad Feel free to invite or bring a friend(s).

Chinese Food and a Movie — December 24  
 

Trip to the Big Apple!  
 

Monday, December 25 - Coach Bus Trip To New York

A Great Way To Spend The Day!!

Explore Judaism And Unique Jewish Sites

Join a hassle free trip by luxury coach bus to New York — round trip only $60.  Spend the day visiting Jewish sites including:

  • visiting the Rebbe's Ohel
  • Shopping Judaica & Kosher Gourmet [great prices]
  • touring a Shmurah Matzah Bakery
  • Jewish Library with precious manuscripts & Art Gallery
  • seeing how Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzot are made
  • time permitting, joining the lighting of the world's largest Menorah near Central Park

We will also try to accommodate personal requests for specific activities not listed above

This trip is appropriate for teens as well as adults.

We'll leave at 6:30 am, returning approximately 10:30 pm

Save the Date — Quiz Night!  
 

10th Annual Quiz Night and Silent Auction

Benefit for the Pre-School

Saturday Night - Jan. 20th - 8:00 pm

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Service Times For the Next 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, Dec 15
4:30 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Dec 16
5:33 pm
Torah Portion: Mikeitz
 
 
Kiddush

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

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

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Chanukah Party - Mosaic
Dec. 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Grand menorah lighting, music, crafts, doughnuts, and more. Free.
Chanukah Party - Gainesville
Dec. 17, 2017 - 5:30 pm
Grand menorah lighting, music, crafts, doughnuts, fire juggler, and more. Free.
More Info »
Chanukah Clothing & Accessory Swap
Dec. 17, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Chanukah Ladies Night — Just browse and schmooze or bring up to (max!) 15 items. Any extra items will be donated.

Soups and Latkes!

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Flip Like a Latke
Dec. 18, 2017 - 5:30 pm
Exclusive Chabad Jump. Grand Menorah Lighting, latkes, sufganiyot, door prizes for everyone, dreidels, gelt, and more. $10/person; max $25/family.
More Info »
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Dec. 21, 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
Soup & Scotch / Young Professionals
Dec. 22, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A short interactive and uplifting Shabbat service followed by soup, scotch and shmoozing! Feel free to invite or bring a friend.
Chinese Food & Movie
Dec. 24, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Chinese Food, Terrific Movie ("Above and Beyond"), followed by Q&A with the Director, Roberta Grossman. $10/movie; $25 for dinner+movie
More Info »
Big Apple Trip to NYC
Dec. 25, 2017 - 6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Join a hassle free trip by luxury coach bus to New York — round trip only $60. Spend the day visiting Jewish sites. Appropriate for teens as well as adults.
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Dec. 28, 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: Oppenheim/Pauli
Dec. 30, 2017
Oppenheim - Yartzeit.
Pauli, Birthday of Charlotte Levy and Adoption of Anna Pauli.
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Jan. 4, 2018 - 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: Icovic
Jan. 6, 2018
Bar Mitzvah
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Jan. 11, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
 
 
Daily Quote
G‑d showed Moses the new moon at its moment of rebirth, and said to him: When the moon is reborn, mark the beginning of a new month.
— Mechilta
Daily Thought
Darkness With Hope

There are dark jewels in this world that can be salvaged, purified and taken as precious bounty for the good.

And there is darkness itself, the absence of light, that must only wait its time to expire.

How can we tell between them?

If the darkness fights back, there is hope.

It means there is something there worth fighting for.

 
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This Week @ www.ChabadVA.org
Chanukah
Why Eat Latkes and Doughnuts on Chanukah?
The earliest mention of this custom seems to have been made by Rabbi Maimon ben Joseph, father of Maimonides.
Chanukah Stories
How the Gulag Judge Lit the Menorah
As the Siberian winter deepened, Chanukah came, and a group of young Jewish prisoners convened for a short meeting.
Video
Why Is Chanukah 8 Nights Long?
 
Series
Superhero Part II: My Superhero Suit
 
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
Holiday Watch
Fire Marshal, FBI Agent Honored at Maryland Menorah Parade
 
Holiday Watch
15,000 Public Menorahs Lit to Celebrate Chanukah
 
Holiday Watch
Augmented Reality Menorah Transports Chanukah Into a New Dimension
 
Holiday Watch
Car Menorahs Take to the Streets of Middle America
 
                                                                       
The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Kislev 27 | December 15
Chanukah
Today in Jewish HistoryFlood rains cease (2105 BCE)
Today in Jewish History3rd Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Chaim of Tchernovitz (1817)
Today in Jewish History2nd liberation of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1800)
Laws and CustomsKindle 4 Lights before sunset
Laws and CustomsHallel & Al HaNissim
Laws and CustomsChanukah Foods
Laws and CustomsDreidel
Laws and CustomsChanukah Gelt
  Shabbat Kislev 28 | December 16
Chanukah
Today in Jewish History4th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Laws and CustomsBless New Month
Laws and CustomsKindle 5 Lights after nightfall
  Sunday Kislev 29 | December 17
Chanukah
Today in Jewish History5th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Laws and CustomsKindle 6 Lights tonight
  Monday Kislev 30 | December 18
Chanukah
Rosh Chodesh
Today in Jewish History6th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Laws and CustomsRosh Chodesh Observances
Laws and CustomsKindle 7 Lights tonight
  Tuesday Tevet 1 | December 19
Chanukah
Rosh Chodesh
Today in Jewish HistoryEsther made Queen (362 BCE)
Today in Jewish History7th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Laws and CustomsRosh Chodesh Observances
Laws and CustomsKindle 8 Lights tonight
  Wednesday Tevet 2 | December 20
Chanukah
Today in Jewish History8th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Laws and Customs"Zot Chanukah"
  Thursday Tevet 3 | December 21
  Friday Tevet 4 | December 22
  Shabbat Tevet 5 | December 23
Today in Jewish HistorySefarim victory (1987)
                                                                       
 
The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Mikeitz

Joseph’s imprisonment finally ends when Pharaoh dreams of seven fat cows that are swallowed up by seven lean cows, and of seven fat ears of grain swallowed by seven lean ears. Joseph interprets the dreams to mean that seven years of plenty will be followed by seven years of hunger, and advises Pharaoh to store grain during the plentiful years. Pharaoh appoints Joseph governor of Egypt. Joseph marries Asenath, daughter of Potiphar, and they have two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.

Famine spreads throughout the region, and food can be obtained only in Egypt. Ten of Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to purchase grain; the youngest, Benjamin, stays home, for Jacob fears for his safety. Joseph recognizes his brothers, but they do not recognize him; he accuses them of being spies, insists that they bring Benjamin to prove that they are who they say they are, and imprisons Simeon as a hostage. Later, they discover that the money they paid for their provisions has been mysteriously returned to them.

Jacob agrees to send Benjamin only after Judah assumes personal and eternal responsibility for him. This time Joseph receives them kindly, releases Simeon, and invites them to an eventful dinner at his home. But then he plants his silver goblet, purportedly imbued with magic powers, in Benjamin’s sack. When the brothers set out for home the next morning, they are pursued, searched, and arrested when the goblet is discovered. Joseph offers to set them free and retain only Benjamin as his slave.

 
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