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A Day of Jewish Learning - This Sunday, Feb. 19  
 

Our annual Day of Jewish Learning is back! This year's program will be featuring the following speakers and presentations:

Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe- "Where goes the world? Fear and hope in the age of Global Terrorism and Social Upheaval", and "Medical Ethics".

Mr. Tzion Evrony- "The Holy State and the Holy See" . From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Zion Evrony walked the halls of the Vatican as Israel's Ambassador to the Papal City. He will be sharing his experiences and insights with us.

Mr. Fred Johnson- "Liberating Dachau" . On an innocuous plane ride with his father, Fred Johnson Jr. heard a remarkable story. His father related how he had been with the US Special Forces that proceeded the army in the liberation of the infamous Dachau concentration camp in April of 1945. Come hear his never before told story and see original photographs that he took on entering the camp and an original mimeographed confession of the SS Camp Commander. Greetings by Suzy Snyder of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

In addition there will be a presentation by Rabbi Leibel Fajnland, and a Beit Midrash track, for those looking for a more in depth and text based experience. 

Child care is available by request. 

For questions or more info, please email Rabbi Mendel at mendeldeitsch@gmail.com

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Message from the Rabbi
 
 

 


Rosh Chodesh Adar -- Laughing Therapy -- Open to the Community -- Feb 26  
 

RSVP online at chabadva.org/laugh

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

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Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax, VA [Based on Zip Code 22031]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Feb 17
5:31 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Feb 18
6:30 pm
Torah Portion: Yitro
 
 
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This week's kiddush is sponsored by a number of families in celebration of Scout Shabbat
 
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Upcoming Events
JLI: Modern Dilemmas, Talmudic Debates
Feb. 13, 2017 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Apply mind-bending, brain-twisting, hair-splitting Talmudic reasoning to solve real-life modern dilemmas—situations that actually happened yet seem impossible to solve. What do you do when your gut tells you one thing, and your brain tells you another? Prepare for a mental expedition to mind-wrestle with situations that force us to choose between two reasonable truths.

Analyze, discuss, and debate Talmudic texts with live interactive polling for an authentic taste of original, dynamic Talmud study.

Taught by Rabbi Fajnland

More Info »
Mind2Mind
Feb. 15, 2017 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Classes/learning at all levels: Including: Beginners Talmud, Advanced Talmud, Parsha Insights, and Jewish Mysticism/Tanya; and a Women's group on Mishlei/Proverbs led by Rebbetzin Raizel

Classes are free but a $50 donation for the whole series is suggested to help cover costs.

Light refreshments will be served
Torah and Tea
Feb. 16, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Join us in the shul library -- Topic TBD -- led by Rebbitzen Raizel Deitsch
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Feb. 16, 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: Chabad
Feb. 18, 2017
In Memory of a dear friend of Chabad, Irving Bernstein. Yartzeit on Sunday Shevat 23.
CKids Program
Feb. 18, 2017 - 11:00 am
CKIDS is THE place for fun, creative Judaism, with games that bring the lessons to life!

Three age groups ranging from 18 months to 12 years
A Day of Jewish Learning
Feb. 19, 2017 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
A day, or half-day, of Jewish learning, including breakfast and lunch, terrific speakers, never-before seen documents, beit medrash style learning, and more.
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JLI: Modern Dilemmas, Talmudic Debates
Feb. 20, 2017 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Apply mind-bending, brain-twisting, hair-splitting Talmudic reasoning to solve real-life modern dilemmas—situations that actually happened yet seem impossible to solve. What do you do when your gut tells you one thing, and your brain tells you another? Prepare for a mental expedition to mind-wrestle with situations that force us to choose between two reasonable truths.

Analyze, discuss, and debate Talmudic texts with live interactive polling for an authentic taste of original, dynamic Talmud study.

Taught by Rabbi Fajnland

More Info »
Mind2Mind
Feb. 22, 2017 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Classes/learning at all levels: Including: Beginners Talmud, Advanced Talmud, Parsha Insights, and Jewish Mysticism/Tanya; and a Women's group on Mishlei/Proverbs led by Rebbetzin Raizel

Classes are free but a $50 donation for the whole series is suggested to help cover costs.

Light refreshments will be served
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Feb. 23, 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: Isaacson
Feb. 25, 2017
Gratitude to Hashem
CKids Program
Feb. 25, 2017 - 11:00 am
CKIDS is THE place for fun, creative Judaism, with games that bring the lessons to life!

Three age groups ranging from 18 months to 12 years
Laughing Therapy - Rosh Chodesh Adar
Feb. 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
An uplifting, interactive laughter event with Professional Laughter and Happiness Coach Nira Berry. Discover how to laugh more, manage stress or train yourself to laugh like a kid again.

Dessert buffet
For couples & friends.
$15/person, $25 couple
JLI: Modern Dilemmas, Talmudic Debates
Feb. 27, 2017 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Apply mind-bending, brain-twisting, hair-splitting Talmudic reasoning to solve real-life modern dilemmas—situations that actually happened yet seem impossible to solve. What do you do when your gut tells you one thing, and your brain tells you another? Prepare for a mental expedition to mind-wrestle with situations that force us to choose between two reasonable truths.

Analyze, discuss, and debate Talmudic texts with live interactive polling for an authentic taste of original, dynamic Talmud study.

Taught by Rabbi Fajnland

More Info »
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Mar. 2, 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
CKids Program
Mar. 4, 2017 - 11:00 am
CKIDS is THE place for fun, creative Judaism, with games that bring the lessons to life!

Three age groups ranging from 18 months to 12 years
JLI: Modern Dilemmas, Talmudic Debates
Mar. 6, 2017 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Apply mind-bending, brain-twisting, hair-splitting Talmudic reasoning to solve real-life modern dilemmas—situations that actually happened yet seem impossible to solve. What do you do when your gut tells you one thing, and your brain tells you another? Prepare for a mental expedition to mind-wrestle with situations that force us to choose between two reasonable truths.

Analyze, discuss, and debate Talmudic texts with live interactive polling for an authentic taste of original, dynamic Talmud study.

Taught by Rabbi Fajnland

More Info »
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Mar. 9, 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
JLI: Modern Dilemmas, Talmudic Debates
Mar. 13, 2017 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Apply mind-bending, brain-twisting, hair-splitting Talmudic reasoning to solve real-life modern dilemmas—situations that actually happened yet seem impossible to solve. What do you do when your gut tells you one thing, and your brain tells you another? Prepare for a mental expedition to mind-wrestle with situations that force us to choose between two reasonable truths.

Analyze, discuss, and debate Talmudic texts with live interactive polling for an authentic taste of original, dynamic Talmud study.

Taught by Rabbi Fajnland

More Info »
 
 
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G‑d always prepares the remedy before the affliction
— Talmud, Megillah 13b
Daily Thought
Dark Paths of Wisdom

He could have placed streetlamps along all the pathways of wisdom,
but then there would be no journey.

Who would discover the secret passages, the hidden treasures, if all of us took the king’s highway?

Likutei Sichot vol. 16, pg. 365, and in many other talks on the difference between the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds.

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Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, hears of the great miracles which G‑d performed for the people of Israel, and comes from Midian to the Israelite camp, bringing with him Moses’ wife and two sons. Jethro advises Moses to appoint a hierarchy of magistrates and judges to assist him in the task of governing and administering justice to the people.

The children of Israel camp opposite Mount Sinai, where they are told that G‑d has chosen them to be His “kingdom of priests” and “holy nation.” The people respond by proclaiming, “All that G‑d has spoken, we shall do.”

On the sixth day of the third month (Sivan), seven weeks after the Exodus, the entire nation of Israel assembles at the foot of Mount Sinai. G‑d descends on the mountain amidst thunder, lightning, billows of smoke and the blast of the shofar, and summons Moses to ascend.

G‑d proclaims the Ten Commandments, commanding the people of Israel to believe in G‑d, not to worship idols or take G‑d’s name in vain, to keep the Shabbat, honor their parents, not to murder, not to commit adultery, not to steal, and not to bear false witness or covet another’s property. The people cry out to Moses that the revelation is too intense for them to bear, begging him to receive the Torah from G‑d and convey it to them.

 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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