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Shavuot in Two Weeks -- May 31-June 1

Hear the 10 Commandments Anew!

May 31 - approximately 10:30am

Special Dairy Kiddush after services


SPECIAL KIDS PROGRAMS!

Wednesday May 31- 10:30 am is an incredible Holiday Ckids Program! Join together as we celebrate the gift of the Ten Commandments through interactive games for all ages, re-experiencing Sinai (11am), and a delicious Ice Cream Party! (Plus Ice coffee for Parents:) Please note a free dairy, kid friendly lunch will be served after the ice cream party (approximately 12:30)! 

During kids program  parents are welcome to join their kids, or join a special Parent Discussion group in the library with Rabbi Mendel Deitsch! Parents and Children will join together to hear the Ten Commandments Live!

Age Groups for Ckids Include:

  1. Tots-4 years old with Raizel deitsch- circle time , songs, stories and games
  2. Ages 5-7- This group will include interactive songs, story, and fun themed games.
  3. Ages 8-12- This group will include more advanced interactive prayers, and exciting themed games

Wednesday May 31- 6-7 pm- Come hear hear the 10 Commandments read and celebrate the holiday of Shavuot with a free dairy, kid friendly dinner and Ice Cream Party!

 


Tuesday Night, May 30 -- All Night Learning

 

Special Program -- 11pm to 1 am

10 perspectives, 10 minutes each

The 10 commandments like you have never heard them before!

Pareve Desserts and Coffee provided. 

Message from the Rabbi
 

Two frogs fell into a bucket of cream. They desperately tried to scale the side of the bucket to free themselves.

One frog said, "We'll never get anywhere doing this; I give up!" And he drowned.

The other frog persevered, time and again trying to climb with his front legs while kicking with his back legs. Suddenly he hit something solid. Lo and behold, all his kicking had churned up a lump of butter!

Hopping on top of it, he leapt out of the pail to safety.


As we conclude the third book of the Torah this week, I am reminded of the traditional prayer recited upon completion of a tractate of Talmud. In it, we thank G‑d for giving us the opportunity to toil in the study of Torah. The prayer mentions, “We toil and they toil. We toil and receive reward, while they toil and don’t receive reward,” referring to the study of Torah as compared to all other activities and forms of work. While Torah study offers meaningful compensation, other endeavors do not.

But is this really so? It certainly seems as though people are meaningfully compensated in other areas, so how does Torah study differ?

The explanation lies in careful examination of the words, “. . .they toil and receive no reward.” Why did the author of this prayer choose the word “toil” as opposed to, let’s say, “work” or “achieve”?

Torah study is mostly about the means, not so much about the end. In other areas of life, who cares about your toiling? Toiling is simply a means to an end. In fact, if you could accomplish the same job without toiling, that would be just as good. But if you were to toil in Torah study even without any tangible results, that itself is worthy of reward!

Torah study is not about accumulating knowledge. It is primarily about forging a relationship with G‑d. And that relationship is experienced mostly while in toil and study.

What a refreshing and dramatic contrast to all those other areas, where the only thing that matters are results! From a Torah perspective, we don’t care as much about grades, titles, or degrees. What G‑d cherishes most is the hard work and effort that we put in, on the way to our destination.

 
JLI - Survival of a Nation  
 

In the spring of 1967, a mere nineteen years after gaining independence, the Jewish state appeared to be in mortal danger; its terrified population faced the prospect of a second holocaust.

The Six-Day War permanently changed the landscape of Israel and world Jewry—its identity, its political discourse, and its view of its position in the family of nations. To mark the war's fiftieth anniversary, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) has produced a comprehensive six-week course, Survival of a Nation. This course investigates the momentous—indeed historic—implications of the events that led up to the war, the war itself, and its aftermath.

The goal of this in-depth evaluation is to determine the ways in which the lessons gleaned from the Six-Day War continue to be relevant, and how the pertinent dilemmas it generated might be effectively tackled.

Survival of a Nation addresses the social, political, and religious issues with which modern Israel grapples, and attempts to provide both clarity and an array of viewpoints. It discovers that many of the major dilemmas that faced Israel fifty years ago have not disappeared, though some have morphed into new forms. Survival of a Nation provides an opportunity for contextualization and clarification of modern Israel and its challenges.

Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six-Day War

Mind2Mind in May - Wednesday Nights  
 

Shavuot is around the corner! Of course its about more than cheese cake and ice cream (although that's a great part). It's about renewing our acceptance of G‑d’s gift, and G‑d “re-giving” the Torah. To get ready for this momentous day come see what its all about!

We will be having Mind 2 Mind Small Group Learning starting this coming Wednesday, May 3,  and continuing through Wednesday, May 24.  In this session our groups will be focusing on Shavuot and the time leading up to it:

  • Advanced Talmud- The nature of counting the Omer today
  • Beginners Talmud- The Talmudic description of the Giving of the Torah at Sinai.
  • Jewish Mysticism- What really is the Torah?
  • Parsha- The Rebbe's insights into the holiday of Shavuot

Or if there is a topic yo would like to explore, don't hesitate to ask, and we will try our best to accommodate!

So join us for 4 evenings of stimulating study and deep discussion.

$50 suggested donation. Light refreshments included.

Learn Tennis from a Pro!  
 

We are very fortunate to have Milan Ruzicka, an experienced tennis pro, coach, and teacher, volunteer to give clinics free of charge at our courts.

These clinics are for beginners--adults and children (age 6 and up).  Sessions are from 9am to 10am on Sunday mornings.

Tennis balls are provided.  Children's rackets are also provided.  If  adults have  rackets, please bring them.  Please RSVP, noting your name, and age category (child or adult).

Send your sign-up to Don Losman-- Losmand@gmail.com.

Co-Sponsor a Kiddush for June 17?  
 

There are a few families sponsoring the Kiddush on June 17th in honor of our kids' graduating (from various things).  We do not want to leave anyone out who has a graduate that might want to join us.  If you would like to be included to please contact Mandy Book.

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

Counting the Omer . . .  
 

Counting the Omer

The 49-day "Counting of the Omer" retraces our ancestors' seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai. Each evening, starting on the second night of Pesach, we recite a special blessing and count the days and weeks that have passed since the Omer; the 50th day is Shavuot, the festival celebrating the Giving of the Torah at Sinai.

The Spiritual Guide to the Omer, and much more info: here

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, May 19
8:00 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, May 20
9:05 pm
Torah Portion: Behar-Bechukotai
 
 
Kiddush
This week's kiddush is sponsored by the Feltcorn family for the Yartzeit of AnnEllen Feltcorn's Mother, Florence Goldberger, Tziporah Chana bat Esther; and to celebrate Rachel's graduation from Nursing School.

Consider marking an occasion!  Call the office!

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Mind2Mind - Learning/Classes
May. 17, 2017 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Prepare for Shavuos! Mind2Mind Small Group Learning; this session our groups will be focusing on Shavuot and the time leading up to it:

Advanced Talmud: The nature of counting the Omer today.

Beginners Talmud: The Talmudic description of the Giving of the Torah at Sinai.

Jewish Mysticism: What really is the Torah?

Parsha: The Rebbe's insights into the holiday of Shavuot

Or if there is a topic you would like to explore, don't hesitate to ask, and we we will try our best to accommodate

$50 suggested donation. Light refreshments included.
Weekly Parsha Discussion
May. 18, 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: Feltcorn
May. 20, 2017
For the Yartzeit of AnnEllen Feltcorn's Mother, Florence Goldberger, Tziporah Chana bat
Esther; and to celebrate Rachel's graduation from Nursing School.
Tennis Lessons
May. 21, 2017 - 9:00 am
Free tennis lessons from a Tennis Pro. Slots at 9am, 10am, and 11am. For children (ages 6+) and adults.
JLI: Survival of a Nation
May. 22, 2017 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East. Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

We'll explore the impossible yet important questions of our time with affectionate and fervent patriotism, while also remaining realistic, and morally anchored.

This spellbinding course will sweep you up in its narrative force and abiding love for our nation's history and the best of its traditions, and will not let go of you until it's done

More Info »
Mind2Mind - Learning/Classes
May. 24, 2017 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Prepare for Shavuos! Mind2Mind Small Group Learning; this session our groups will be focusing on Shavuot and the time leading up to it:

Advanced Talmud: The nature of counting the Omer today.

Beginners Talmud: The Talmudic description of the Giving of the Torah at Sinai.

Jewish Mysticism: What really is the Torah?

Parsha: The Rebbe's insights into the holiday of Shavuot

Or if there is a topic you would like to explore, don't hesitate to ask, and we we will try our best to accommodate

$50 suggested donation. Light refreshments included.
Weekly Parsha Discussion
May. 25, 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 Veterans Group
May. 27, 2017
This Kiddush will be sponsored by Chabad Veterans Group and family and friends of Veterans in honor of Memorial Day.
JLI: Survival of a Nation
Jun. 5, 2017 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East. Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

We'll explore the impossible yet important questions of our time with affectionate and fervent patriotism, while also remaining realistic, and morally anchored.

This spellbinding course will sweep you up in its narrative force and abiding love for our nation's history and the best of its traditions, and will not let go of you until it's done

More Info »
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Jun. 8, 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
Preschool Picnic
Jun. 11, 2017 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join Gan Israel Preschool for end of year fun. Bounce house, water play, etc. Bring your own picnic. Drinks and dessert provided.
JLI: Survival of a Nation
Jun. 12, 2017 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East. Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

We'll explore the impossible yet important questions of our time with affectionate and fervent patriotism, while also remaining realistic, and morally anchored.

This spellbinding course will sweep you up in its narrative force and abiding love for our nation's history and the best of its traditions, and will not let go of you until it's done

More Info »
Pre K Graduation
Jun. 15, 2017 - 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Join us as we celebrate our Pre K class. Mazel Tov to our graduates and their families!
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Jun. 15, 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
 
 
Daily Thought
Simple Thought

All of Jewish philosophy is but an attempt to fit inside the human mind that which is contained within the heart of a simple Jew.

It will never fit.

But perhaps the mind, once aware of its inadequacy, will awaken the heart from its slumber.

Hayom Yom, 19 Shvat.
 
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A ship without a load does not ride stably in the water, and may even tip over
— Rabbi Isaac of Komarna
 
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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

On the mountain of Sinai, G‑d communicates to Moses the laws of the Sabbatical year: every seventh year, all work on the land should cease, and its produce becomes free for the taking for all, man and beast.

Seven Sabbatical cycles are followed by a fiftieth year—the Jubilee year, on which work on the land ceases, all indentured servants are set free, and all ancestral estates in the Holy Land that have been sold revert to their original owners. Additional laws governing the sale of lands, and the prohibitions against fraud and usury, are also given.

G‑d promises that if the people of Israel will keep His commandments, they will enjoy material prosperity and dwell secure in their homeland. But He also delivers a harsh “ rebuke,” warning of the exile, persecution and other evils that will befall them if they abandon their covenant with Him. Nevertheless, “Even when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away; nor will I ever abhor them, to destroy them and to break My covenant with them; for I am the L‑rd their G‑d.”

The Parshah concludes with the rules on how to calculate the values of different types of pledges made to G‑d.

 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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