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Shabbaton — How to Change the World — This Weekend

Friday January 19- Saturday January 20
 
 

Location:
Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia
3939 Prince William Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031 USA

Fee:
Friday Night (including Shabbat Dinner) - $18.00
Family Max- $70.00

Lectures:

Friday Night- 6:45 PM- "How To Change The World — The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Revolution"

Shabbat Morning- 9 AM- "Basi L'gani — Chabad's Mission Statement" 

Shabbat Lunch- 12:30 PM- "Chassidic Farbrengen"

Seudas Shlishis-  5 PM- "Song's of the Soul- The Soul Stirring Melodies of Chabad"

 

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Rabbi Yossi Paltiel, Founder of InsideChassidus.org, is a popular teacher and mentor with a gift for communicating his passion for Torah and Judaism. His classes weave together classic commentaries, Jewish Law, history and philosophy, personal stories, and a deep knowledge of Chassidus and Kabbala into a whole that's both intellectually challenging and heartwarming. He currently teaches at United Lubavitcher Yeshiva, Machon Chana Women's Institute for the Study of Judaism, and at the Beis Midrash L'Nashim (Women's and Girls' Beis Midrash and Seminary for Higher Learning in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.) He also gives lectures at many events in Brooklyn and travels to speak in Jewish communities throughout the country.

 

For More Info • Email: mendeldeitsch@gmail.com
Message from the Rabbi
 

At the dinner table with friends and family, a mother offered her six-year-old daughter, "Dear, would you like to say the blessing?"

"I wouldn't know what to say," replied the girl.

"Just say what you hear Mommy say, sweetie."

The little girl took a deep breath and solemnly said, "Dear L‑rd, why did I invite all these people to dinner?"


The tug of war between Moses and Pharaoh continues in this week’s Torah portion. Moses demands a three-day reprieve for his people to serve G‑d in the wilderness, and Pharaoh flatly refuses. In the midst of each hellish plague, he vows to relent, but returns to refusal when it subsides.

Cracks of resistance appear, though, after locusts devour the crop. Now Pharaoh actually entertains letting them go.

He asks practical questions. “Who will be going with you?”

Moses answers, “With our youth and with our elders we will go, with our sons and with our daughters…for it is a festival of the L‑rd to us.”

Pharaoh shuts down again. If it is a religious celebration you want, take the adults. The kids stay here.

Pharaoh knows that without the youth, any aspiration for freedom and for spiritual advancement will dissolve. He will happily allow mature, thinking adults to have their moment with G‑d, but is adamant that the children never see their display of faith.

Our nation and faith is sustained by education, but the voice of Pharaoh is alive and well. Let us take up Moses’ call, and go “with our youth and our elders, with our sons and our daughters” toward a bright Jewish future for all.

 
Quiz Night! This Saturday Night, January 20th!  
 

10th ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT & SILENT AUCTION

benefit for the Pre-School

SATURDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 20th at 8:00 PM

Fancy Desserts fit for a King, Silent Auction, and our famous Quiz!

$35/individual — $54/couple

New JLI Course - Starts This Coming Monday, January 22  
 

STARTING MONDAY NIGHT - JANUARY 22

MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION

Special Tu B'Shvat Event for Women - Jan.30  
 

Celebrate The New Year of the Fruits and Trees with creativity! Ladies of Nova will join together with Virginia Chef James Parker for a hands-on fruit carving workshop and demonstration.

Chef Parker has travelled all over the country teaching individuals and organizations the art of fruit and vegetable carving and has gathered an impressive client list over the past 15 years, including The White House. His work has been featured on the Food Network, the Today Show,  The New York Times, The Washington Post and more. See more at www.veggyart.com

Cover: $18 includes all fruit, tools, and fruit & wine buffet

Sponsorship :$36 Please consider a sponsorship in honor of a special woman to help cover the costs of this unique event!

Please RSVP in advance. Tickets can be purchased at

https://chabadvaorg.clhosting.org/tools/events/register_cdo/eventid/7112

Date: Tu B'Shvat! — Tuesday Jan 30th at 7:30 pm

 

Video of the Week  
 

A Valley of Stones  (2:07)

Torah and Tea for Ladies  
 

Thursday mornings, 11:30am to 12:30pm in the shul library.

Join us as we explore the Torah Portion through the lens of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons.

Questions? Comments?  Email Raizel!

Mind2Mind, Wednesday Nights  
 

Wednesday Evenings 8-9 PM the spirit of millennia of Jewish literature and scholarship will fill Chabad of Northern Virginia. It's Mind2Mind — Your Way!

You can join us in a number of ways:   

Option 1

B.Y.O.S - Bring your own Sefer! Rabbi Deitsch will be available to answer any questions you might have in the course of your learning.

Option 2

Have a page of Talmud to finish? Interested in Midrash? Maybe you want to (re)learn the basics of Judaism? Click HERE to suggest a topic to learn, either by yourself or with a group! We will try to accommodate all requests. 

Option 3

Click HERE to join a group. We currently have a group studying talks of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on the weekly Torah Portion, a beginners Talmud group and an advanced Talmud group.

Open to men and women.

Suggested Donation: $50 for the whole session.

Hot tea, coffee and refreshments will be available for all participants.

Wednesdays through Feb 21.

Anne Frank's Step-Sister - February 7 at GMU  
 

Wednesday February 7
6:15 PM: VIP Reception
7:00 PM: Presentation
@ George Mason University Center for the Arts
4373 Mason Pond Dr. Fairfax

Students - Free
General Admission- $10
VIP Includes 2 tickets to
Presentation & Reception- $360

Purchase tickets online or call 703-426-1980

Enter the world of Anne Frank as told by her stepsister and childhood friend Mrs. Eva Schloss, a trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, has published two books and is the subject of James Still’s Play “And Then They Came For Me – Remembering The World of Anne Frank.”

Like her step-sister, Eva went into hiding in Holland, was betrayed, captured and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Listen to a first hand account of the life of Anne Frank and the discovery and printing of her famed diary, in her only appearance in the DC area 

Torah Discussion - Thursday Nights  
 

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 For the Next Week  
 

                                                                                                                                                                     
 
 
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax, VA [Based on Zip Code 22031]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Jan 19
4:58 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Jan 20
5:59 pm
Torah Portion: Bo
 
 
Kiddush

The kiddush this week is sponsored by Steve Deichman upon completion of the entire Talmud Bavli Series; and Melinda Hofstetter, on the occasion of the Yahrzeit of her father of blessed memory, Tzalman ben Benyamin.

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

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Scholar in Residence
Jan. 19, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Yossi Paltiel
Kiddush Sponsor: Deichman & Hofstetter
Jan. 20, 2018
Deichman: Completion of the Talmud Bavli Series; Hofstetter: Yahrzeit of Melinda's father of blessed memory, Tzalman ben Benyamin.
Annual Quiz Night & Silent Auction
Jan. 20, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10th Annual fundraiser to benefit Gan Israel Preschool
More Info »
JLI: Communication: Its Art and Soul
Jan. 22, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The rise of the internet, mobile phones, and social media has completely changed the way we relate, interact, and communicate with one another—and it’s high time we reclaim this lost art.

In Jewish philosophy, communication is more than just a tool: it is who we are. Humans are defined as communicative beings with a communicative soul, and aligning ourselves with this soul is our raison d’être.

In Communication: Its Art and Soul, we contrast Jewish thought with scientific discovery to unearth the essence of communication and how to utilize its powers to better ourselves, our relationships, and all of society

More Info »
Mind2Mind Learning
Jan. 24, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Learning — your choice. Bring a sefer, join a group, or choose your own topic.
Torah and Tea
Jan. 25, 2018 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us in the shul library as we exokire the Torah Portion through the lense of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons. Led by Rebbitzen Raizel Deitsch
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Jan. 25, 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
Family Muscial Havdallah
Jan. 27, 2018 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Escort Shabbat out with Music, Arts and Crafts, and a light dairy dinner. Led by Rabbis Adler and Tonti.
More Info »
JLI: Communication: Its Art and Soul
Jan. 29, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The rise of the internet, mobile phones, and social media has completely changed the way we relate, interact, and communicate with one another—and it’s high time we reclaim this lost art.

In Jewish philosophy, communication is more than just a tool: it is who we are. Humans are defined as communicative beings with a communicative soul, and aligning ourselves with this soul is our raison d’être.

In Communication: Its Art and Soul, we contrast Jewish thought with scientific discovery to unearth the essence of communication and how to utilize its powers to better ourselves, our relationships, and all of society

More Info »
Tu B'shvat Carving
Jan. 30, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Celebrate The New Year of the Fruits and Trees with creativity! Ladies of Nova will join together with Virginia Chef James Parker for a hands-on fruit carving workshop and demonstration.
$18 includes all fruit, tools, and fruit & wine buffet

Sponsorship :$36 Please consider a sponsorship in honor of a special woman to help covor the costs of this unique event!

Please RSVP in advance.

More Info »
Mind2Mind Learning
Jan. 31, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Learning — your choice. Bring a sefer, join a group, or choose your own topic.
Torah and Tea
Feb. 1, 2018 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us in the shul library as we exokire the Torah Portion through the lense of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons. Led by Rebbitzen Raizel Deitsch
JLI: Communication: Its Art and Soul
Feb. 5, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The rise of the internet, mobile phones, and social media has completely changed the way we relate, interact, and communicate with one another—and it’s high time we reclaim this lost art.

In Jewish philosophy, communication is more than just a tool: it is who we are. Humans are defined as communicative beings with a communicative soul, and aligning ourselves with this soul is our raison d’être.

In Communication: Its Art and Soul, we contrast Jewish thought with scientific discovery to unearth the essence of communication and how to utilize its powers to better ourselves, our relationships, and all of society

More Info »
Evening with Ann Frank's Step Sister
Feb. 7, 2018 - 7:00 pm
6:15 PM: VIP Reception
7:00 PM: Presentation

Students - Free; General Admission- $10; VIP Includes 2 tickets to Presentation & Reception- $360

Enter the world of Anne Frank as told by her stepsister and childhood friend Mrs. Eva Schloss. Like her step-sister, Eva went into hiding in Holland, was betrayed, captured and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Listen to a first hand account of the life of Anne Frank and the discovery and printing of her famed diary, in her only appearance in the DC area

More Info »
Mind2Mind Learning
Feb. 7, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Learning — your choice. Bring a sefer, join a group, or choose your own topic.
 
 
Daily Quote
Everything that happened to the Patriarchs is a signpost for their children. This is why the Torah elaborates its account of their journeys, their well-digging and the other events [of their lives]... For when something happens to one of the Patriarchs, one understands from it what is decreed to occur to his descendants.
— Nachmanides
Daily Thought
Nature, Miracles & Beyond

What is natural law? Natural law is when the Director directs each of His actors according to its character. Wondrous, but sensible. G‑d has endless wisdom.

What are miracles? Miracles are when the Director directs His actors freely, unrestrained by the character He has assigned each one. Amazing, but why not? G‑d is free to do as He wants.

Then there are the greatest of miracles: When the Director directs the show entirely contrary to the character of His actors, while directing each actor according to its character. The impossible occurs in a seemlessly natural way.

There is no room in our minds for such miracles. They are a perfect paradox—freedom and wisdom, chaos and order in perfect harmony. And therefore, we rarely can admit that they have occurred.

But go beyond your nature to fulfill your mission in life and you will ride the waves of such miracles, and the entire world will see with open eyes.

 
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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Bo

The last three of the Ten Plagues are visited on Egypt: a swarm of locusts devours all the crops and greenery; a thick, palpable darkness envelops the land; and all the firstborn of Egypt are killed at the stroke of midnight of the 15th of the month of Nissan.

G‑d commands the first mitzvah to be given to the people of Israel: to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. The Israelites are also instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to G‑d: a lamb or kid goat is to be slaughtered, and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of every Israelite home, so that G‑d should pass over these homes when He comes to kill the Egyptian firstborn. The roasted meat of the offering is to be eaten that night together with matzah (unleavened bread) and bitter herbs.

The death of the firstborn finally breaks Pharaoh’s resistance, and he literally drives the children of Israel from his land. So hastily do they depart that there is no time for their dough to rise, and the only provisions they take along are unleavened. Before they go, they ask their Egyptian neighbors for gold, silver and garments—fulfilling the promise made to Abraham that his descendants would leave Egypt with great wealth.

The children of Israel are commanded to consecrate all firstborn, and to observe the anniversary of the Exodus each year by removing all leaven from their possession for seven days, eating matzah, and telling the story of their redemption to their children. They are also commanded to wear tefillin on the arm and head as a reminder of the Exodus and their resultant commitment to G‑d.

 
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