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Family Fall Festival
D’var Chaim Bookstore
Sukkot in ancient times, worshipers in Jerusalem offered prayers for the resumption of rains in their due season in Israel, for how could the nation survive without that manifest evidence of G-d’s hand in their economic life – the productive harvest of the Land. But as we read in John 5, for a group of Jerusalemites marginalized from society because of illness or other circumstances,
Sukkot held out an even greater promise: a life free from limitations to human potential.
And as an oleh regel, a pilgrim in Jerusalem at Sukkot, Yeshua, in obedience to Torah and led by the Ruakh, stood available to minister to the needs that were present before him. By healing a man by the Temple’s Sheep Gate, near the pool of Bethesda, or Beyt Chasda, translated as House of Loving-Kindness, Yeshua performed an act of loving kindness that changed a man for a lifetime and changed a city for generations, perhaps for eternity. At this season and as 5774 unfolds, what is the Ruakh leading each of us to offer in service to G-d and our community, so that others can achieve their full potential? D’var Chaim bookstore: seforim (books), chumashim (Bibles), siddurim (prayer books), midrashim (commentaries), and
(praise and worship CDs).
Welcome to L’Dor V’Dor Gift Shop!
L’Dor V’Dor is our Judaica Shoppe that carries a variety of items, Kippot, Mezuzah Covers,
Shabbat Candles and Candle Holders,Kiddush Cups and more!
L’Dor V’Dor specializes in finding unique items, hard to find and “one of a kind”, that make it special.
With the High Holy Days behind us, Chanukah is just around the corner; YES that’s right, First Night Candle Lighting is November 27th. Don’t wait till the last minute to purchase your special gifts and household needs, get them while they are still available! Merchandise changes often.
The FSC has discussed various ways of reprogramming money to cover certain capital repairs and expenses and to increase our investments. We have recommended that since the congregation has a large amount of money in the checking account that we add $10,000 to the budget to pay for repairs and new equipment including a new projector for the overheads and equipment for the worship team. We are also considering purchasing some security cameras for the building.
Beit Midrash normally resumes around mid-September. This year, however, resumption of Beit Midrash was postponed until October 5th due to the fact that we were busily involved with the feast days of Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
We look forward to the resumption of Beit Midrash on October 5th and will begin the new season with a teaching on the Birkat HaMazon by Josh Guzman. We invite you to join us as we kick off our Beit Midrash season. Part 1 of Josh’s Birkat HaMazon teaching will be presented on October 5th and Part 2 will be rendered on
We are exploring the possibility of incorporating more Hebrew teachings during Beit Midrash and will update you accordingly after plans for same are discussed and worked out.
We are also planning an in-depth training seminar on prayer which will take place during, and will probably extend beyond, the normal Beit Midrash hour. This seminar is scheduled for October 19th and 26th.
We look forward to another rewarding, information packed, spiritually uplifting, encouraging and fruitful season of Beit Midrash teachings.
The Benevolence Committee asks for your help as the need for financial assistance continues to grow faster than the contributions. If you can possibly contribute to the welfare of our Ohev families in need, please consider this a request for your donations. The families of Ohev and your Benevolence Committee thank you for your generous giving.
May HaShem richly bless
you for your faithfulness to His community.
Stacey Newton 2
Carla McGhee 3
Samuel Clemons 7
Fabiola Sanders 7
David Harris 7
Sandy Tobias 8
Jack Husoveck 9
Cindy Stearman 21
David Elliot 23
Alex Harris 23
Christine Trevaskis 26
Bob Blicksilver 28
Cheryl Zapien 31
Michael & Tracy McDonald
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The Rabbi’s Corner
Between the Feasts
You may have noticed that all but one of the Biblical “Appointed Times” occur during two distinct seasons of the year. The Spring Appointed Times are Passover(Pesach), the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzot), the Day of Firstfruits(Yom HaBikkurim), and Weeks (Shavuot) – also a “day of firstfruits.” The Fall Appointed Times are the Day of Blowing (Yom T’ruah), commonly known as
Rosh HaShanah, the Day of Covering (Yom Kippur), also known as Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles (Chag HaSukkot), and the Eighth Day of Assembly(Sh’mini Atzeret). There is much published about these special days, but I have yet to find an article written specifically about the days that are between them.
Was God not interested in the rest of the year? He most certainly was, since most of the Torah’s commandments apply daily. But notice I said “all but one” of the Appointed Times. The one that is not seasonal is the seventh day Shabbat that is weekly, and it is that Sabbath around which most of Jewish life revolves. Still, there is something about these appointed times falling within two distinct seasons of the year that got me thinking. What is it that they have in common? I think it is that they are all times of spiritual impartation and times of spiritual refreshing.
In the Spring, Pesach and Chag HaMatzot remind us of God’s protection and provisions when He brought us out of Egypt with “a strong arm” to save us and make us a nation. They also remind us of the sacrificed lamb that “saved” the Israelites in Egypt, a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Yeshua that saves us. Then comes Bikkurim, the first grain harvest; it reminds us of God’s physical provision of food, and also of the firstfruit of the New Covenant resurrection, who is Yeshua. Then comes the fifty day count to Shavuot, during which time Yeshua taught His disciples and created expectancy for what was to come on the fiftieth day. And on that fiftieth day, Shavuot - another firstfruits celebration that once again reminds us of God’s physical provisions, but this time also reminds us of the Ru’ach HaKodesh whom Yeshua sent to earth on Shavuot, in order to indwell and counsel us from within our beings for the very first time.
Then, in the Fall we have Yom T’ruah followed by Yom Kippur -God’s provision of a ten-day period for the early Israelites to reflect on their sins of the past year, repent, and then receive to themselves the High Priest’s sacrifice of a goat that covered over their sins until the next Yom Kippur. We use the ten day period of introspection in the same way today, except we know now that the sacrificed goat was a foreshadowing of the greater sacrifice to come – the sacrifice of Yeshua, of which we are beneficiaries. Finally, the seven days of Sukkot followed by Sh’mini Atzeret, that together remind us of God’s provision of crops and shelter for the Israelites upon their coming into the promised land, and also of Yeshua revealing, for the first time, that He was the promised Messiah.
But what about the rest of the year? The times between weekly Shabbats that are not within these special seasons? I think they are times to make use of the impartations and provisions that God gave us, and continues to give us, and they are times of testing to find out if we will. I don’t mean times that God tests us – I mean times that we test ourselves, as we mature in His Word, learn more about our Messiah, draw closer to Him, seek to emulate Him, pass on what He teaches us to our children, and generally be a blessing to others. So really, there are no blank or empty periods in the cycle of Jewish life – only Shabbats of rest, refreshing, and blessing.
September 27, 2013
Gibborim Ehmunim Art & Judy Cohen
Our chavurah has added some new members, so a hearty “Welcome” to all of them. We have just finished our teaching and discussion on “Who Ate Lunch with Abraham.” After the month of September we will be viewing a 5 DVD set of “End Times Today” as told by Walid Shoebat (a former Muslim terrorist who is now a believer in Yeshua).
Ha’Aretz Nancy & Larry Rothstein
Ha’Aretz has not been active the last few months. We are going to meet at the Cohen’s house on Sunday, Sept. 22nd for a Sukkot celebration in their sukkah. The last time we met was in June 2013 when we went to the Israeli Street Festival. Some of us from Ha’Aretz are going to Israel in December 2013 for two weeks. We are a small group and are always looking for more people to come join our group.
Meshared Ermoza Ron & Cheryl Zapien
The summer months are always a difficult time for families to get together. The Hispanic Chavurah has been celebrating the Sabbath by meeting at the Zapien home to share a meal and enjoy each others company. At the end of our meal we discuss needs and conduct prayer for those who need or request it. This last meeting we broke the Yom Kippor fast together. We also discussed ways how our Chavurah could support our members in need.
Like the good old Eveready battery, which according to a YouTube classic commercial, kept the flashlight powered on and prevented a train accident from occurring in a very dark tunnel, the Ohev Prison Ministry Team is still going strong at the Manassas Prince William Detention Center shining the light of Yeshua for all therein to see. We are extremely grateful and very thankful for the grace, mercy, strength, wisdom and desire with which Abba Father blesses us to continue to carry on His work at the MIND Dorm and WIND Dorm.
Nathaniel Michael (Nate) has been scheduled for the formal orientation that must take place for one to become an official Volunteer at the Manassas Adult Detention Center.
Nate will be receiving orientation on October 5th and hopefully will be receiving his official badge soon thereafter. As reported in our last Quarterly report, Nate has been regularly joining us at the Prison Ministry and we already consider him as an active and effective part of our team.
We find, at both the WIND Dorm and MIND Dorm, that many are very interested in hearing and learning about the Jewishness of Scripture and about Jewish matters. Fabiola has taken a special interest in sharing with the men and women the Hebrew Aleph-Bet and some of our Hebrew prayers, such as the Shema and the V’ahavta in English, Hebrew and transliteration. One person, in particular, has asked Fabiola for more of our Jewish prayers.
Art recently rendered a relatively extensive Bible study teaching to the MIND Dorm men about our Jewish feast days and their relevance to Yeshua and impressed the men, I’m sure, with the blowing of the shofar. Jim recently provided an excellent teaching on Faith and how we are to grow our faith. We learned from Jim that while coaching a baseball game this past weekend, he ran into one of the men who had been an attendee at the MIND Dorm program. The gentleman was at the game with his 10-year old son who was playing in the game. Jim said the gentleman approached him because he recognized his voice and much to Jim’s delight, the gentleman was wearing a “Jesus” t-shirt. It’s encounters like this that we Prison Ministry Volunteers find encouraging and uplifting to our spirits.
Please join us in prayer for the men and women of the Adult Detention Center. We especially ask you to pray for those that are released from the Facility – that they would not succumb to the temptations that are sure to come and that they would remain strong and steadfast in the Word and be surrounded by mature believers who would edify and encourage them.
The winner of the first Brittany and Connor Essay Scholarship was Rebecca Lippman.
We are gearing up for the fall festival to be held on
FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL
Leaves changing colors -
Pumpkins – The crisp fall air – If these images conjure memories of childhoods past then please join us during this festive time where there will Entertainment, Games, Food, Prizes and so much more……….
Ohev’s Family Fall Festival
Time 4 to 8pm
After a summer’s respite, the choir is back in full swing. We have added a few new members to our ranks, and after the High Holy Days, we hope to begin working on some new music. We can still use more voices in our choir, so please come out and join us. We meet on the third Thursday of each month and we rehearse from 7:30 until 9:00 PM.
Art and Judy Cohen
Babies, babies and more babies!
We have been blessed in the last couple of months with the birth of many beautiful babies into our family.
Chaya Meital Bluestein born July 20th to
Brendon and Nancy Bluestein.
Genevie Alma Waggoner born July 24 to
Caleb and Leah Waggoner
Gavin Lee Duewer born September 7 to
Rob and Lauren Duewer
Gideon Matthew Meljac born September 23 to
Noga Raphael Weiss born on September 22 to
Avi and Miranda Weiss
in Melbourne, Australia
We have six teams headed by Tracy McDonald, Sharon Waggoner, Lauren Duewer, Eric & Willetta Lee, Sherry Moore and Fabiola Sanders. These teams do the work of setup, cleanup, and serving of the Oneg Shabbat each week. If you are new and have not been assigned, please see Sherry Moore (703-627-7992) to be placed on a Ozrim Team.
The schedule is now available on our website!
October 5 – Moore
October 12 – Duewer
October 19 – Waggoner
October 26 – Sanders
December 7-18, 2013
Great Price! $3,090
Price includes – air fare hotels, breakfast & dinner, all sites and a fantastic tour guide!
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Contact Sherry Moore