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This Tuesday: The Temple Mystery

Join us this Tuesday for part two in the class:

THE TEMPLE MYSTERY:
The spellbinding mystery, spirituality and history of "G-d's House"
 

(a.k.a., The Beit Hamikdash - The Holy Temple in Jerusalem) 

In this lesson: How did the Temple look and function? Get 3-D tour of the inside. What do Jewish sources say about what happened to the precious items like the Ark of the Covenant?  The destruction and its aftermath. Is there any archeological evidence? Did Judaism change post-temple? Will there be another one? 

Presented in conjunction with the "Three Weeks" period on the Jewish calendar during which we mourn for the destruction of the Holy Temple (Beit Hamikdash) in Jerusalem. 

Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm

Led by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler

Speaker asks: Am I My Own Enemy?

Guest Speaker Mark Halawa - From Kuwait to Jerusalem - Tuesday, July 31 at 7:30 pm 

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Tuesday, July 31 at 7:30 pm 

Join us for a fascinating talk by guest speaker Mark Halawa:

"My Journey from Muslim in Kuwait to Jew in Jerusalem"

From his upbringing as a Palestinian Arab in Kuwait, Jordan and Syria to the rediscovery of his Jewish roots, Mark Halawa has crossed many borders both spiritually and literally. 

Hear his riveting story, gain unique insight into the mindset of Arab youth today and learn how he has become a voice for tolerance and understanding in the face of oppression and anti-Semitism. 

 SPONSORSHIP OPTION - Includes light buffet dinner for 2 before the event. We appreciate your support - it helps make quality events like this possible!

Event InfoReserve Online 

The Nine Days start today

Friday, July 13 is the first day of the month Av.  

The first nine days of Av are days of mourning for the destruction of the first and second Holy Temples. Among other observances, during this time we refrain from eating meat or drinking wine (except on Shabbat), swimming or bathing for pleasure, remodeling or expanding a home and buying new clothes.

The Nine Days culminate in the fast of Tisha B'Av (The Ninth of Av). 

Next weekend: Tisha B'Av (Schedule)

Tisha B'Av - The major fast day commemorating the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem.

WHEN IS THE FAST?

  • Starts Saturday Night, July 21 at 8:20 pm
  • Ends Sunday, July 22 at 8:46 pm

EVENING SERVICE:

  • Traditional Reading of Eicha (Book of Lamentations) on Saturday, July 21 at 9:30 pm. (We will also have Shacharit & Mincha on Sunday).

FILM:

  • Join us for a special documentary film, "NO PLACE ON EARTH," on Sunday, July 22 at 5:30 pm. (Followed by a Mincha & Maariv and light break-fast refreshments). 

Shabbat Service

  • Coffee & Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah portion at around 11 am
    Torah portion of Matot Massei
    "Chazak" - The grand conclusion of the book of Bamidbar (Numbers)
    Service followed by light Kiddush lunch with hot Cholent!

WrapStars - Sunday

Wrap-Stars-Logo-225.jpg.gifJoin us this Sunday morning at 9:00 am for WrapStars.

Wrap Tefillin and enjoy a delicious fresh breakfast, shmooze and brief Torah thought! 

You don't need to have your own Tefillin. Beginners welcome! 

Sunday: Fast Day & Start of Three Weeks

  • This Sunday, July 1, is the 17 Tammuz fast day, on which we refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to nightfall. It also marks the start of a period known as "The Three Weeks."
  • The Fast starts at 4:55 am and ends at 8:52 pm (times local to the Clear Lake Area).

The Three Weeks is an annual mourning period that falls out in the summer, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and the start of our exile.

The period begins on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, a fast day that marks the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE.

It reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of the 9th of Av, the date when both Holy Temples were set aflame. This is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, and it is also the date of other tragedies spanning our nation’s history.

Observances: There are various mourning-related customs and observances that are followed for the entire three-week period. We do not cut our hair, purchase new clothes, or listen to music. No weddings are held.

[Learn more about The Three Weeks...]

Coming Up: Fast Days & 'The Three Weeks'

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The Three Weeks is an annual mourning period that falls out in the summer, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and the start of our exile.

The period begins on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, a fast day that marks the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE.

The fast of 17th Tammuz is observed on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

It reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of the 9th of Av ("Tisha B'Av"), the date when both Holy Temples were set aflame. This is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, and it is also the date of other tragedies spanning our nation’s history.

The Fast of Tisha B'Av runs from sunset Saturday night, July 21 until nightfall Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Observances: There are various mourning-related customs and observances that are followed for the entire three-week period. We do not cut our hair, purchase new clothes, or listen to music. No weddings are held.

Stay tuned for Chabad Bay programming schedule for the above fast days.

[Learn more about The Three Weeks...]

Photo of the Week

Summer Sundays - a perfect time to come out for a quick Tefillin Wrap and delicious Fresh Breakfast! 

 Tefillin & Breakfast

Tefillin & Breakfast 2 

Project Talmud - Houston

In honor of the upcoming 24th Yahrtzeit of the Rebbe, Chabad Outreach of Houston, as part of its annual Project Talmud, will be featuring a guest talk by Rabbi Mendel Samuels on the topic of the spiritual role of a Rebbe.

Tuesday, June 12 at 7:30 pm
At Chabad Outreach Center, 11000 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77096  

More info

Photo of the Week

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The spring JLI course, What Is? concluded this week.

Is the World Real? Is Time Real? What Is G-d? Is Evil Real? Is the Self Real? Is Choice Real? These were the questions framing the six lessons in which students delved deep into the mysteries of life.

We explored the fascinating perspectives of Kabbalah and Chassidus leading to a greater understanding of G-d, our existence, and how to better actualize our true inner self.

For a preview of the next course, Wrestling with Faith, visit www.MyJLI.com

Shabbat Morning Schedule

  • Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah portion at around 11 am
    Torah portion of Nasso
    After the Service: Light Kiddush lunch with hot cholent

Coffee & Kabbalah

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:00 am for a fascinating and inspiring class on Kabbalah.

Current Topic:
The Tale of the Two Souls

Gain a Kabbalistic perspective on the inner spiritual drives that form the core of the human psyche; On the way, we'll explore: Heaven, reincarnation, purpose of life, good and evil, the spirituality of the Torah, the deeper meaning of Mitzvot, the mysticism of creation, end of days and more!

Led by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler

Everyone is invited!
FREE of Charge - Reservations Optional

Response to Santa Fe Tragedy

Along with our fellow Texans, we are deeply saddened by the terrible school shooting in our neighboring community of Santa Fe, Texas. 

Chabad of the Bay Area staff and volunteers are organizing to reach out to the families of the victims and injured to provide comfort and support.

If you or someone you know was affected by this tragedy and is in need of emotional or spiritual support please contact us immediately at community@jbayarea.org or 281-724-1554. 

The Rebbe taught us that when darkness strikes we need to increase the light. In the coming weeks we plan to lead an initiative with like-minded partners to find ways to increase the love and goodness in our society so that no one should ever have to endure this type of senseless tragedy ever again. 

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In a few hours is Shabbat and on Saturday night the special holiday of Shavuot begins. Let's take our first step to increase the spirit of holiness and goodness with the lighting of the Shabbat candles before sunset tonight, and on both nights of Shavuot (from a pre-existing flame). 

On Shavuot we mark the 3,331st anniversary since the giving of the Torah. The Torah which brings to the world G-d's essential message to Man that we must live together in kindness and peace, that we must live for a higher purpose and seek to make our world a good and G-dly place. Come and join us as we re-experience Sinai, and recommit to its ideals, with the reading of the Ten Commandments from the Torah scroll on the first day of Shavuot at 11 am. 

Full Shavuot Holiday Schedule

Saturday, May 19 // Eve of Shavuot

  • Candle lighting after: 8:48 pm (from a pre-existing flame) 

Sunday, May 20 // 1st Day of Shavuot

  • Morning Service start: 10:00 am
  • 10 Commandments Torah reading at approx 11:00 am (feel free to come at this time)
    Service followed by a delicious hot lunch featuring traditional Shavuot dairy delights (cheesecakes, blintzes, eggplant parmesan, lasagna, salads, ice cream and more!) RSVP (donation optional).
  • Candle lighting time: 8:49 pm (from a pre-existing flame)

Monday, May 21 // 2nd Day Shavuot

  • Morning Services starts: 10:00 am
  • Yizkor Memorial Service: 11:30 am(approx)
  • Holiday Ends: 8:49 pm
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