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Shabbat Shalom from Beth Joshua Cong. of Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Yitro

5:07PM Candle Lighting

5:10PM Friday Davening


9:00AM Shacharit followed by light Kiddush.


***Join us for the reading of the 10 Commandments!


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5:05PM Shabbat Mincha

6:09PM Shabbat Ends not before this time.


8:15AM Sunday Shacharit


ANNOUNCEMENTS:


The Topolosky family will be spending Shabbat in DC, welcomed by the Ohev Shalom community to help highlight our Aspen Hill community.


Jan 29

Friday night dvar torah by Ari Moskowiz


Jan 30

Shabbat Derasha by Melech Avraham Gilbert


Jan 31 @ 8PM

Women's Mishlei Chabura

at the home of Rebbetzin Dahlia, 4909 Baltic Ave.

Click here for more info.


Feb 1 @ 8PM

Men's Mussar Chaburah at the home of Melech Avraham Gilbert, 14654 Bauer Drive.


Feb 5-6

Scout Shabbat


Feb 7 @ 9AM

A Bagel for Your Thoughts

Community Survey Results discussion and process groups led by Orlee Turitz.


Feb 9

Aura Chadasha Women's Rosh Chodesh Group


Feb 19

Women's Kabbalat Shabbat


Feb 20

Nechama Porat, Visiting Scholar for Shabbat


Feb 20 

Esther Tirat Gefen's Bat Mitzvah celebration


Feb 26-27

Aspen Hill Prospective Families Shabbaton


Feb 28 @ 10AM

Family Minyan & Reuseum Project with Berman!


NEW CLASS SERIES: "Struggles of the Modern State of Israel"

3 Mon evenings at 8:00PM

Feb 29, Mar 1, Mar 7

This is a joint program with our neighbor synagogue, Tikvat Israel, and the first and third sessions will be held there, at 2200 Baltimore Rd. Rabbis Shull and Topolosky will co-teach the class.

A Taste of an Etrog for Shabbat

Dear Friends,


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With all the snow covering the ground, it might have been easy to overlook the holiday of Tu BiShevat which fell out this past Monday, and is often associated with coming of Spring. This “New Year of the Trees” is first mentioned in the first Mishna of Tractate Rosh Hashanah and is described as the “Rosh Hashanah La’Elan” – “The New Year of the Tree.”


Many commentaries note that the Mishna writes about the “tree” in the singular, rather than the plural “New Year of the Trees,” as we would expect. The Dinover Rebbe, in his book the B’nei Yissachar, suggests that this hints to a tradition to pray on Tu BiShvat for the fruit of a particular tree, namely an Etrog tree. In this way, Tu Beshvat, coming approximately 9 months before Sukkot, becomes a day to conceive of a kosher, beautiful Etrog, and offer a prayer that God provide it for us at the appropriate time.


A beautiful example of such a prayer was composed by Rabbi Hayyim Yosef David Azulai (18th c. Jerusalem):


“May it be Your will, O Lord our God and God of our ancestors, to bless all the Etrog trees to produce fruits in season; good, beautiful, and splendid Etrogs, without blemishes. May they be available to all our fellow Jews wherever they dwell, to fulfill with them the mitzvah of taking the lulav on Sukkot…”


This prayer symbolizes the message of Tu BiShevat – that even in the depths of Winter, buried under feet of snow, we can imagine the rebirth of nature to its full extent, and have hope to see the fruits of our labors. Tu BiShevat carries a deeply redemptive message, and can awaken in us the capacity to dream and conceive of a far off future.


May it be Your will, O Lord our God, to bless your children this Shabbat, to produce big ideas that might take root, grow abundant shoots, and birth the sweetest fruits… all in the right time.


Shabbat Shalom! See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri


YOUTH PROGRAM UPDATE:

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Shabbat Children's Programs

9:15AM - 5th and 6th graders (and 7th graders who wish to) meet in back of cafeteria.
9:30AM - Tot room opens for supervised play 
10:15AM - Groups begin for Tots, K-2nd grade, and 3rd-4th grade.

Questions? Contact Carmiya: ckasse@yahoo.com.

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Beth Joshua Congregation of Aspen Hill
13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 x5247
www.BethJoshua.org
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