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Some 25 students enjoyed the 3-week course, The Messiah Mystery. The riveting course explored the facts and the myths of this foundational idea in Judaism. 

Film Screening: Denial


When university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team fight to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Based on the book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier."

Watch the Movie Trailer 

Tuesday, August 1 at 5:15 pm
Tisha B'Av
At Chabad Bay Area 

Tisha B'Av Schedule - Monday Eve & Tuesday

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

Fast starts Monday, July 31 at 8:13 pm 
Fast ends Tuesday, August 1 at 8:39 pm

Join us for the traditional melodious reading of Eicha (Book of Lamentations) on Monday, 8:30 to 9:00 pm.

Help pass the time on Tisha B'Av afternoon!  Join us Tuesday at 5:15 pm for the screening of the critically acclaimed film, Denial (see info above).

SERVICE (Mincha & Maariv):
Tuesday at 7:15 pm. Join us for the special Tisha B'Av afternoon service which includes Mincha with Tefillin & a brief Torah reading. Followed by Maariv and light refreshments at the end of the fast.

How to Observe: Tisha B'av

What is Tisha B'av

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar is the Ninth of Av, "Tisha b'Av," the date on which both our Holy Temples were destroyed, and exile, persecution and spiritual darkness began.

Tisha b'Av starts at sundown of the eighth of Av and lasts till the following nightfall. During this time-period we fast, eschew pleasurable activities and amenities, and lament the destruction of the Holy Temple and our nation’s exile.

Basic Laws of Tisha B'av

Besides fasting, we abstain from additional pleasures: washing, applying lotions or creams, wearing leather footwear, and marital relations. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools. We also abstain from studying Torah—besides those parts that discuss the destruction of the Temple.

On the eve of Tisha b’Av, we gather in the synagogue to read the Book of Lamentations. Tallit and tefillin are not worn during the morning prayers. After the morning prayers we recite Kinot (elegies). We don the tallit and tefillin for the afternoon prayers.

For more about Tisha B'av,  click here.

The Messiah Mystery - Lesson 3 - This Monday

Join us for the 3rd and final lesson to be held this Monday, July 24 at 7:30 pm.

Topic for lesson three:

  • What we know about the prophesied wars of Gog and Magog.
  • What are the predictions about when Moshiach will come? We'll review some of the teachings brought in the Zohar and Talmud about the leading up to "the end of days"
  • What's our part in all of it? And more! 

The Messiah Mystery

There is perhaps no idea more famous and yet more misunderstood than the idea of Messiah and Redemption.

  • What does Torah say about it?
  • Is it literal or metaphor?
  • Is it a person or an era? 
  • Armageddon... World peace... Utopia... Revival of the dead...  

Join us as we explore primary sources, and separate fact from fantasy, to discover what Judaism really says about this fascinating topic!

Part 3: Monday, July 24


At Chabad Bay Area

Presented by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler 

* 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.

Houston Lecture: "Jerusalem Uncovered" (Archaeology)

Jerusalem Uncovered: The Battle over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
7:30 pm
Chabad Outreach Center, 11000 Fondren Rd, 77096 

Rabbi Avrohom Stolik will deliver a compelling exhibition of archeological data and historical evidence of the Jewish People’s continuous connection to the Jerusalem dating back at to the days of David and Solomon. 

Lecture: $15 at door, $10 in advance. 
To RSVP call Chabad Outreach of Houston at 713-774-0300

How to Observe: Fast Day & The Three Weeks

This Tuesday, July 11, 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 5:01 am and ends at 8:51 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...]

Fast Day Minyan (Tue Eve)

We will be concluding the fast day of 17th of Tammuz with a Minyan for Mincha & Maariv (afternoon and evening prayer). 

When: Tuesday, July 11 at 7:45 pm

If you think you can likely attend, please email or text the rabbi (for Minyan count). 

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