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Shabbat Shalom from Beth Joshua of Aspen Hill!
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Parshat Vayakhel-Pikeudei & Parah

23 Adar 5775

6:55PM Candle Lighting

7:00PM Friday Davening

9:00AM Shacharit 

6:15PM Rabbi's Shiur

6:55PM Shabbat Mincha

7:54PM Shabbat ends not before this time.

Sunday Shacharit 8:15am

BJC Board Meeting 4:30PM


March 15 - All Day
March 21 @ 9:00PM
Aura Chadasha Event

Inaugural BJC women's monthly Rosh Chodesh group gathering at the Topolosky home.

March 22 @ 10:00AM
Family Minyan

Co-sponsored by Berman Preschool and PJ LIbrary

March 23 @ 8PM
Mock Seder at the Rabbi's home. Looking for ways to spice up your Seder...?

March 28 
Noah Selvin Bar Mitzvah

April 3 - Community Pesach Seder 
Please RSVP to Rabbi Uri if you are interested.

April 12 @ 3:00PM
Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration at Har Shalom, Potomac

April 14 @ 7:30PM
Beth Joshua Yom HaShoah Commemoration with Johanna Neumann
14504 Barkwood Dr

April 20 @ 7:30PM
Author Series with Rabbi Avi Weiss at DCJCC
"Open Up the Iron Door: Memoirs of a Soveit Jewry Activist Rabbi"
A Taste at our Tables for Shabbat
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Dear Friends,

When our family moved to Aspen Hill, and bought our first home, we decided that it was time to invest in a dining room table. For the previous 12 years of our marriage, we relied on the flexibility of plastic tables that we could arrange and set up in a variety of configurations to accommodate our ever changing numbers of Shabbat guests. Every time we went looking for a table, we felt confined by the Goldilocks Principle – it just wasn’t right. Too big. Too small. Too round. Too square. Too rectangular. But we agreed that it was time to turn our house into a home and we bought the biggest durable table we could afford to fit into our dining space!

In the minds of our Sages, the dining tables in our homes are transformed on Shabbat into alters upon which we heap our prayers and blessings, symbolic to the alter in the Mishkan.

But our dining tables also draw comparisons to the showbread table in the Mishkan described as the “Shulchan Atzei Shitym” – the table made of acacia wood.

Rabbeinu Bachaye in his book Shulchan Arbah (12th c.) writes that the Hebrew word for acacia wood, “SHiTYM,” is perhaps intended as an acronym for “Shalom, Tovah, Yeshuah, and Mechila – Peace, Goodness, Salvation, and Forgiveness.” These are the blessings we should extend around our own tables to help create the intimacy and warmth needed to turn a house into a home.

He also mentions that, "It is a custom of the pious people in France to use the wood from their dining room table to build their coffins for burial."

The purpose of this tradition, teaches Rabbeinu Bachaye, was to suggest that part of a person’s legacy relates to what is shared around that table. Consider the guests, the widows, the orphans, the outsiders, the newcomers that one has nourished and uplifted; remember the stories swapped, the appreciation offered, and the love unwrapped at that table.

This Shabbat, as we reflect on the Shulchan of the Mishkan, we are also invited to think about what it takes to turn a house into a home, and how our table may serve as a centerpiece in that narrative.

Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill! See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

P.S. Friday night davening is now at 7PM throughout the summer.

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