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YOM KIPPUR Yom Kippur. On the day he was created. the Day of Atonement. Each Rosh Ha shanah. Adam acknowledged G-d’s kingship over the entire universe. In return. we complete the Torah.•dwwga. One who missed the Shofar in synagogue should make sure to hear at least the thirty prescribed Shofar sounds before the end of the day. On the evening of Simchat Torah. reading the last Torah portion. washing. on the previous evening of Shemini Atzeret as well) we make seven Hakafot (circuits) around the table upon which the Torah is read. marital relations and wearing leather shoes. we are ready for the joyous holiday of Sukkot. eating and drinking. (and in many com munities. we reaffirm this with our renewed com mitment to G-d and His commandments. whose arrival will be heralded by the “Great Shofar”.nerartgallery. SIMCHAT TORAH Simchat Torah marks the day we complete the reading of the Torah in its annual cycle. and it presages the coming of Moshiach.elul 5773 /tishrei 5774 swwga. The Sho far calls many things to mind: It symbolizes our coronation of G-d as King. It commemorates the cre ation of Adam and Eve. The name Sukkot is derived from the word Sukkah.com anointing with oils or lotions. the first humans. or hut. hra. kukt ROSH HASHANAH Rosh Hashanah (literally. In commemoration of the protective “clouds of glory” with which G-d surrounded the Jewish people on their way out of Egypt. we acknowledge and regret our past sins and resolve to improve in the future. On this day. dancing and rejoicing with the Torah scrolls.september 2013 . THE SHOFAR The sounding of the Shofar (the ram’s horn) is a central observance of Rosh Hashanah. “the Season of our Joy”. is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. it is a “wake up call” to return to G-d. . by Dennis Bacchus www. rejoicing in the knowledge that G-d has inscribed us for a good and healthy new year. “It’s all about the King”. we refrain from working. We immediately start reading the Torah from the beginning again–remembering that the Torah is an endless source of wisdom. G-d promises us forgiveness. we live in makeshift huts during the seven days of this holiday. During morning services on Simchat Torah. This day is one of spiritual cleansing. each cycle challenging us to discover its ever deeper meaning. SUKKOT After a period of sober and reverent reflection during the Days of Awe. the “head” of the year) is the beginning of the Jewish year – and the “birth day” of all of creation.

jh Tishrei 18 hra. th Tishrei 11 Shabbat 4th Intermediate day hra. yh Tishrei 19 24 hra. zh Tishrei 17 1st day of SUKKOT 2nd day of SUKKOT 1st Intermediate day 26 27 28 hra. dh Tishrei 13 18 23 hra. c Tishrei 2 7 hra. t Tishrei 1 1st day of ROSH HASHANAH Eruv Tavshilin 8 Thursday hra. v Tishrei 5 10 hra. y Tishrei 9 14 15 hra. h Tishrei 10 Yizkor YOM KIPPUR hra. d Tishrei 3 HA’AZINU Shabbat Shuva 2nd day of ROSH HASHANAH Fast of Gedaliah hra.Sunday 1 kukt uf Elul 26 Monday 2 kukt zf Elul 27 Tuesday 3 kukt jf Elul 28 Wednesday 4 kukt yf Elul 29 hra. uf Tishrei 26 september 2013 . zy Tishrei 16 21 hra. df Tishrei 23 hra.elul 5773/tishrei 5774 Eruv Tavshilin hra. u Tishrei 6 11 5 hra. ch Tishrei 12 17 hra. s Tishrei 4 9 hra. tf Tishrei 21 19 hra. sf Tishrei 24 BEREISHIT Blessing of new month . z Tishrei 7 12 Friday 6 hra. f Tishrei 20 25 HOSHANA RABA 2nd Intermediate day 3rd Intermediate day 29 30 hra. sh Tishrei 14 Eruv Tavshilin hra. cf Tishrei 22 Yizkor SHEMINI ATZERET SIMCHAT TORAH hra. vf Tishrei 25 hra. j Tishrei 8 13 22 16 hra. uy Tishrei 15 20 hra.

During morning services on Simchat Torah. SUKKOT After a period of sober and reverent reflection during the Days of Awe. by Menucha Yankelevitch. we observe the special mitzvah of shaking the Lulav (palm branch) and the Etrog (citron). annual cycle. on the previous evening of Shemini Atzeret as well) we make seven Hakafot (circuits) around the table upon which the Torah is read. wife of Yaakov. this is considered the first day of the official rain season. in deference to those making their way back from Jerusalem where they spent the holidays. each cycle challenging us to discover its ever deeper meaning. THE FOUR KINDS CHESHVAN 7 During Sukkot. Rachel passed away in 1563 BCE as Yaakov was returning home to his parents. On the evening of Simchat Torah. “the Season of our Joy”.tishrei/cheshvan 5774 dwwga. rejoicing in the knowledge that G-d has inscribed us for a good and healthy new year. . SIMCHAT TORAH Simchat Torah marks the day we complete the reading of the Torah in its “Sukkot in Jerusalem”.october 2013 . we complete the Torah. Prayers for rain were held off until this day. iuaj•hra. or hut. these very different plant species represent the unity of disparate types of Jews who all play their part in forming the Jewish nation. reading the last Torah portion. (and in many com munities.JudaicaArt. www. CHESHVAN 11 Passing of our Matriarch Rachel. The name Sukkot is derived from the word Sukkah. we live in makeshift huts during the seven days of this holiday.com In Israel. Taken together with the Hadas (myrtle) and the Aravah (willow). We immediately start reading the Torah from the beginning again–remembering that the Torah is an endless source of wisdom. we are ready for the joyous holiday of Sukkot. She is buried in Bethlehem. In commemoration of the protective “clouds of glory” with which G-d surrounded the Jewish people on their way out of Egypt. dancing and rejoicing with the Torah scrolls.

k Tishrei 30 New moon: 11:30 3/18 pM Rosh Chodesh 6 iuaj c Cheshvan 2 7 13 iuaj y Cheshvan 9 iuaj d Cheshvan 3 14 iuaj h Cheshvan 10 20 iuaj zy Cheshvan 16 27 iuaj df Cheshvan 23 8 iuaj s Cheshvan 4 9 iuaj v Cheshvan 5 10 iuaj u Cheshvan 6 17 iuaj dh Cheshvan 13 15 iuaj th Cheshvan 11 16 iuaj ch Cheshvan 12 21 iuaj zh Cheshvan 17 22 iuaj jh Cheshvan 18 23 iuaj yh Cheshvan 19 24 iuaj f Cheshvan 20 28 iuaj sf Cheshvan 24 29 iuaj vf Cheshvan 25 30 iuaj uf Cheshvan 26 31 iuaj zf Cheshvan 27 october 2013 .Sunday Monday Tuesday 1 hra.tishrei/cheshvan 5774 11 Shabbat 5 iuaj t Cheshvan 1 noach Rosh Chodesh iuaj z Cheshvan 7 12 iuaj j Cheshvan 8 lech lecha 18 iuaj sh Cheshvan 14 19 iuaj uy Cheshvan 15 vayeira 25 iuaj tf Cheshvan 21 26 iuaj cf Cheshvan 22 chayei sarah . jf Tishrei 28 Thursday 3 hra. zf Tishrei 27 Wednesday 2 hra. yf Tishrei 29 Friday 4 hra.

” KOSHER THE WEEKLY TORAH READING Kashrut: Spiritual Diet for a Small Planet According to our tradition. instituted by Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses) himself. All you need to do is ask – call our office for advice and information.november 2013 . now. The mystical masters teach us that everything we eat has a bit of holiness – a “spark” of divine energy released when we eat foods prepared in accord with the ko sher laws. ukxf•iuaj CHESHVAN 20 Birthday of Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber (1860). the week. the custom of reading from the Torah in the Synagogue every Shabbat is one of the oldest Jewish customs. there is always a new insight. and more. The regular cycle is suspended during Jewish holidays. so too the soul: With appropriate foods prepared in the prescribed manner. www. fifth leader of Chabad Lubavitch.nataliakadish. the month. Just as the body responds to the quality of the food that fuels it. The Torah was divided by Moshe into 54 portions. For our physical wellbeing. we absorb the Divine nourishment that makes for a healthy spirit. which is the maximum number of regular readings possible during a Jewish calendar year. Every day. Though repeated again and again. the current Torah Reading offers a fresh source of inspiration. it becomes necessary to occasionally group two portions together in order to complete the cycle on time for Simchat Torah. The shelves of your local supermarket are stocked with literally hundreds and thousands of products produced un der kosher supervision. when we read holiday themed portions instead. Most years.com Adapting your diet to a kosher life style is easier than you might imagine. But the Kosher laws offer the soul similar benefits.  .cheshvan/kislev 5774 dwwga. few things are as important as a healthy diet. a new guidance. a new commentary on the here and the “Elijah”. This is the Jewish way of “living with the times. Our lives are built around the calendar cycles: The year. by Natalie Kadish.

cheshvan/kislev 5774 chanukah chanukah 1 2 3 4 chanukah .Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 1 3 iuaj k Cheshvan 30 New moon: 12:14 4/18 pM Rosh Chodesh 4 5 ukxf c Kislev 2 6 ukxf j Kislev 8 12 ukxf y Kislev 9 ukxf t Kislev 1 ukxf d Kislev 3 7 ukxf s Kislev 4 8 iuaj jf Cheshvan 28 ukxf v Kislev 5 Shabbat 2 iuaj yf Cheshvan 29 toldot Blessing of new month 9 ukxf u Kislev 6 vayeitzei Rosh Chodesh 11 10 ukxf z Kislev 7 17 ukxf sh Kislev 14 18 ukxf uy Kislev 15 24 ukxf tf Kislev 21 25 ukxf cf Kislev 22 13 ukxf h Kislev 10 19 ukxf zy Kislev 16 26 ukxf df Kislev 23 14 ukxf th Kislev 11 20 ukxf zh Kislev 17 27 ukxf sf Kislev 24 15 ukxf ch Kislev 12 16 21 ukxf jh Kislev 18 22 ukxf yh Kislev 19 23 ukxf f Kislev 20 vayeishev 28 ukxf vf Kislev 25 29 ukxf uf Kislev 26 30 ukxf zf Kislev 27 mikeitz ukxf dh Kislev 13 vayishlach Blessing of new month 1 2 3 1 2 1 november 2013 .

the Menorah “Chanukah”.cy•ukxf Kislev 19 “Chassidic Rosh Hashanah” Yartzeit of Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezritch.  . TEVET 10 Observed as a fast day. or at the front window. resulting in the destruction of the First Temple (422 BCE). playing with the dreidel (spintop). On this date. Then place the Shamash at its designated place. by Menucha Yankelevitch.kislev/tevet 5774 dwwga. www. the second leader of the Chassidic movement (1772). CELEBRATING CHANUKAH The kindling of the Menorah is the focal point of the Chanukah holiday. . and this date is celebrated in many communities throughout the world. Due to Shabbat observance.com is lit before the Shabbat candles on Friday evening and after the Havdalah ceremony at the end of Shabbat. the service candle. and should be prepared so that they will remain lit for at least a half hour after dusk. His triumphant release marked a turning point in the spreading of Chassidic thought. December 8th. Gather all family members and light the Shamash. symbolizing religious freedom and the strength of the Jewish spirit. Jerusalem was placed under siege by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar. Recite the proper blessings and then light the candles beginning from the left. separated from the other candles. Additional customs include preparing oil-rich dishes such as doughnuts or latkes. special prayers are added to the regular services during the eight days of the holiday. The candles should be lit immediately following sunset. The menorah is kindled on each of the eight nights of Chanukah. OTHER CHANUKAH OBSERVANCES: In addition to the kindling of the Menorah.december 2013 .Judaica Art. Release from prison of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. and the giving of Chanukah-gelt (cash gifts) to the young. founder of the Chabad movement (1798). this year beginning Saturday night. The Menorah is placed at the left side of a central doorway of the home.

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and across the world. symbolizing deed and action. is the day on which man is judged. stretching from the arm to the hand and from the head to the legs. SHEVAT 10 Yartzeit of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. a public statement of Jewish involvement.S.A. founder of the Chabad movement (1813). and finally forced to leave (1927).S.january 2014 . Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak “Planting for the Future”. In 1940 he came to the United States and established the network of Chabad-Lubavitch educational institutions throughout the U. Just as Rosh Hashanah. TEFILLIN Tefillin.com fought to preserve Jewish life in the U. signify the transmission of intellectual and emotional en ergy to the hands and feet. The Tefillin are placed on the arm facing the heart. yca•.cy TEVET 24 Yartzeit of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. or phylacteries. and Dates. the New Year for all creation. . and on the head. The straps. www. especially the five fruits mentioned in the Torah: Grapes. Jews throughout the world eat the distinctive foods that are characteristic of the Holy Land. an individual gives expression to his basic feeling of Jewish identity and its impor tance to him. opening the season in which trees begin to bud in the Holy Land of Israel. This signifies the binding of one’s emotional and intellectual pow ers to the service of G-d. known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe.tevet/shevat 5774 dwwga. This day also marks the beginning of the leadership of his son-in-law Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Pomegranates. sixth leader of Chabad Lubavitch (1950).leonzernitsky. by Leon Zernitsky. threatened with his life. are donned every weekday by Jewish men and boys over the age of 13. Figs. so too is Tu B’Shevat the day of judgment for earth’s trees. until he was imprisoned.S.R. SHEVAT 15 – TU B’SHEVAT In Jewish tradition. The Torah describes Tefillin as a sign. To commemorate this special day. the fifteenth day of Shevat is the “New Year” of the trees. Olives. By donning Tefillin daily.

tevet/shevat 5774 yca sf Shevat 24 Mishpatim Blessing of new month .cy yf Tevet 29 New moon: 11:42 6/18 pM Thursday 2 Friday Shabbat 3 yca c Shevat 2 4 yca j Shevat 8 10 yca y Shevat 9 11 yca uy Shevat 15 17 yca zy Shevat 16 18 23 yca cf Shevat 22 24 yca df Shevat 23 25 30 yca yf Shevat 29 31 yca k Shevat 30 yca t Shevat 1 yca d Shevat 3 BO Rosh Chodesh 5 12 yca s Shevat 4 yca th Shevat 11 6 13 yca v Shevat 5 yca ch Shevat 12 7 14 yca u Shevat 6 yca dh Shevat 13 8 15 yca z Shevat 7 yca sh Shevat 14 9 16 yca h Shevat 10 beshalach Shabbat Shira yca zh Shevat 17 yitro TU B’SHEVAT 19 yca jh Shevat 18 26 yca vf Shevat 25 20 yca yh Shevat 19 27 yca uf Shevat 26 21 yca f Shevat 20 28 yca zf Shevat 27 22 29 yca tf Shevat 21 yca jf Shevat 28 New moon: 2:26 7/18 AM Rosh Chodesh january 2014 .Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday 1 .

is as fascinating and spellbinding as any best seller. This mitzvah is usually performed in the synagogue. THE MITZVOT OF PURIM ARE: • The Fast of Esther. to commemorate the annual half-shekel given by each Jew in the times of the Holy Temple. who led the Jewish people out of Egyptian bondage. WE WISH YOU ALL A JOYOUS PURIM! “Havdalah”. • Celebrate with a special festive and joyous meal. • Listen to the reading of Megillat Esther (the Scroll of Esther) at night and day.nerartgallery. should preferably be sent via a third party. PURIM The actual story of Purim.com . 5774 dwwga. held before Purim. wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (1988). ADAR 7 Birthday and Yartzeit of Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses). as told in the Scroll of Esther. Give to at least two needy individuals on Purim day. rst•yca SHEVAT 22 Yartzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson. These gifts. though it is sacred scripture. • Give Matanot L’evyonim (“gifts of charity to the poor”). by Dennis Bacchus www. the more we discover that even seemingly insignificant events are precisely arranged by the hand of the Almighty. And the closer we examine the story. we can detect the unmistakable hand of Divine Providence. • It is traditional to give 3 half-dollar coins to charity before Purim. it is a particularly special Mitzvah on Purim. • Send gifts containing at least two types of ready-to-eat food to one or more friends on the day of Purim.february 2014 . we do not find the name of G-d mentioned even once! But within the intricate details of the Megillah. recounting the story of Purim. called Mishloach Manot (“sending portions”). to commemorate the day of prayer and fasting which the Jews held before their victory. While Tzedakah (charity) is a year-round responsibility.adar i. Yet.

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which reminds us of the bitterness of the enslavement.adar i . We prepare for Pesach by thoroughly cleaning our home. conducted each of the first two nights of Pesach.nataliakadish. March 24). which did not give our ancestors time to let their dough rise. countertops. Unsold chametz must be destroyed the morning before the Festival. Schneerson (1902). . by Natalie Kadish. Sinks. During Pesach it is forbidden to eat. ixhb•rst NISAN 11 Birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. re minding us of the redemption and its four stages. • Ask the Four Questions and recite the Haggadah. WE: • Drink four cups of wine (or grape juice). is the central event of the Passover festival.march 2014 .adar ii. or any mixture containing chametz. derive benefit or even own chametz. On the evening before Pesach begins (this year on Sunday evening. barley. Any chametz we don’t plan on destroying is placed in a special room or closet. CELEBRATING PESACH (PASSOVER) Pesach is celebrated by refraining from eating or owning any chametz foods for the duration of the holiday. oats. and dishes not used exclusively for Pesach need to be koshered. which tells the story of Passover and describes the miracles of our redemption.com formally search the entire home for any remaining chametz. and sold through a Rabbi to a non-Jew for the duration of the festival. REMOVAL OF CHAMETZ Chametz (leaven) is defined as wheat. 5774 dwwga. sealed. All food products used on Pesach must be certified Kosher for Passover. and removing any trace of chametz we may find. rye or spelt that have been mixed with water and then had time to rise. the plain unleavened bread which symbolizes both the simple bread of slaves and the swiftness of the redemption from Egypt. DURING THE SEDER. • Eat Matzah. Rabbi Menachem M. www. and by participating in a Seder dinner on the first two nights of the holiday. we “Splitting of the Sea”. THE SEDER The Pesach Seder. • Eat Maror (bitter herbs). workplace or other place we own. tables.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Shabbat 1 t rst yf Adar I 29 pekudei Parshat Shekalim Shabbat Chazzak Blessing of new month New moon: 3:10 8/18 pM 2 t rst k Adar I 30 c rst t Adar II 1 4 c rst c Adar II 2 5 c rst d Adar II 3 6 c rst j Adar II 8 11 c rst y Adar II 9 12 c rst h Adar II 10 13 7 c rst v Adar II 5 8 c rst th Adar II 11 14 c rst ch Adar II 12 15 21 c rst yh Adar II 19 22 c rst f Adar II 20 Shemini Parshat Parah 28 c rst uf Adar II 26 29 c rst zf Adar II 27 Tazria Parshat Hachodesh c rst s Adar II 4 c rst u Adar II 6 vayikra Rosh Chodesh Rosh Chodesh 9 3 c rst z Adar II 7 10 c rst dh Adar II 13 tzav Parshat Zachor Fast of Esther 16 c rst sh Adar II 14 17 c rst uy Adar II 15 18 c rst zy Adar II 16 c rst cf Adar II 22 25 c rst df Adar II 23 19 c rst zh Adar II 17 20 c rst jh Adar II 18 c rst sf Adar II 24 27 c rst vf Adar II 25 Shushan Purim Purim 23 c rst tf Adar II 21 24 26 Blessing of new month 30 c rst jf Adar II 28 31 c rst yf Adar II 29 New moon: 3:54 1/19 AM March 2014 .adar i -adar ii 5774 .

www. so that the Torah calls him/her “contaminated by death” (i.e. IYAR 18 – LAG BA’OMER On this date. Years later on this same date. in a state of disconnection from the divine source of life) or “on a distant road” from his people and G-d. IT’S NEVER TOO LATE: The eternal significance of the Second Passover. the greatest sage of that era. is that it is never too late to rectify a past failing. IYAR 14 – PESACH SHENI When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem.nataliakadish. In many communities.  . Mishnaic sage and author of the Zohar (the seminal work of Kabbalah) passed away. in which s/ he can make good on what s/he has missed out. had been un able to bring their offering at the appropriate time. a second “Passover”. because of distance or ritual impurity.nissan 5774 dwwga. says the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe. Having fulfilled his mission in this world he asked that the anniversary of his death be celebrated as a joyous occasion. by Natalie Kadish. a festive “Moshiach Meal” is organized toward the evening. starting from the night of the Exodus. there is always another chance. we count seven weeks until the arrival of the festival of Shavuot. COUNTING OF THE OMER: Beginning with the second evening of Pesach. They correspond to the seven weeks. thousands journey to rejoice in the town of Miron. his student Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. the students of Rabbi Akiva. In particular.april 2014 . to emphasize this day’s special dimension. this day offered a second chance to offer the Passover sacrifice for those who. Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak “Miriam and the Basket”. ceased to die from an epidemic. site of Rabbi Shimon’s resting place. rhht•ixhb THE LAST DAY OF PESACH The eighth and final day of Pesach is associated with Moshiach and our fervent hope for his imminent arrival.. in the early 2nd century. during which our ancestors eagerly awaited the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.com Schneersohn. Through out the Land of Israel – and indeed in Jewish communities throughout the world – this day is marked with festivities and bonfires. Even if a person has failed to fulfill an aspect of his/her mission in life.

nissan 5774 In the evening count Omer 16 In the evening count Omer 10 In the evening count Omer 12 .Sunday Monday Tuesday 1 ixhb t Nissan 1 ixhb j Nissan 8 Wednesday Thursday 2 ixhb c Nissan 2 3 9 ixhb y Nissan 9 ixhb zy Nissan 16 Omer 1 Friday Shabbat ixhb d Nissan 3 4 ixhb s Nissan 4 5 10 ixhb h Nissan 10 11 ixhb th Nissan 11 12 ixhb ch Nissan 12 Acharei Shabbat HaGadol 17 ixhb zh Nissan 17 Omer 2 18 ixhb jh Nissan 18 Omer 3 19 ixhb yh Nissan 19 Omer 4 ixhb v Nissan 5 Metzora Rosh Chodesh 6 ixhb u Nissan 6 13 ixhb dh Nissan 13 7 14 ixhb z Nissan 7 ixhb sh Nissan 14 Fast of First Born First Seder 8 15 ixhb uy Nissan 15 16 1st day of PASSOVER Second Seder 2nd day of PASSOVER In the evening count Omer 1 In the evening count Omer 2 1st Intermediate day 2nd Intermediate day 3rd Intermediate day In the evening count Omer 4 In the evening count Omer 5 25 26 In the evening count Omer 3 20 ixhb f Nissan 20 Omer 5 21 ixhb tf Nissan 21 Omer 6 22 ixhb cf Nissan 22 Omer 7 23 ixhb df Nissan 23 Omer 8 24 ixhb sf Nissan 24 Omer 9 ixhb vf Nissan 25 Omer 10 ixhb uf Nissan 26 Omer 11 Kedoshim Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 1 Blessing of new month 4th Intermediate day 7th day of PASSOVER Yizkor 8th day of PASSOVER In the evening count Omer 6 In the evening count Omer 7 In the evening count Omer 8 In the evening count Omer 11 In the evening count Omer 9 27 ixhb zf Nissan 27 Omer 12 28 ixhb jf Nissan 28 Omer 13 29 ixhb yf Nissan 29 Omer 14 30 ixhb k Nissan 30 Omer 15 Rosh Chodesh In the evening count Omer 13 In the evening count Omer 14 In the evening count Omer 15 april 2014 .

Shabbat is a day of light. .com Young girls. and the means with which we can refine our lives and the world around us. It is she who welcomes the Shabbat Queen into the home. Bring your children too! • A  festive dairy meal is served on the first day of Shavuot. iuhx•rhht THE HOLIDAY OF SHAVUOT: SHABBAT AND FESTIVAL CANDLES The festival of Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah – G-d’s gift to every single Jew.may 2014 . This is the best preparation for receiving the Torah! • R  eading of the Ten Commandments in the synagogue on the first day of Shavuot. Because its nature is so different from other material entities. SHAVUOT OBSERVANCES: • A  ll-night Torah-study on the first night of Shavuot. Thus it is the lighting of the Shabbat Candles that ushers in this state of awareness and inspires us to feel the way it permeates our lives. and the responsibility for lighting the candles and inducing this change of perspective is the woman’s.iyar/sivan 5774 dwwga. by Menucha Yankelevitch. The Shabbat Candles are lit 18 minutes before sunset. from the age of three or younger. Throughout the ages. to involve and educate them in this profound and beautiful mitzvah. its pattern and value-orientation is different from the other days of the week. are encouraged to light their own candles. light has stirred the imagination of poets. The Torah provides humankind with directives to lead a meaningful. productive life. it is often used to describe spiritual insight. mystics.Judaica Art. It gives us the insight to see beyond the outer layers of our physical existence and behold the G-dliness within. www. Our ancestors had not yet learned to prepare Kosher meat! “Arriving to Jerusalem”. scientists and psychologists. The mystics call this day of light the Shabbat Queen.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 1 rhht t Iyar 1 Omer 16 Rosh Chodesh In the evening count Omer 17 4 rhht s Iyar 4 Omer 19 5 rhht v Iyar 5 Omer 20 6 rhht u Iyar 6 Omer 21 7 rhht z Iyar 7 Omer 22 8 rhht j Iyar 8 Omer 23 Friday 2 rhht c Iyar 2 Omer 17 In the evening count Omer 21 In the evening count Omer 22 11 12 13 rhht th Iyar 11 Omer 26 rhht ch Iyar 12 Omer 27 rhht dh Iyar 13 Omer 28 In the evening count Omer 23 14 rhht sh Iyar 14 Omer 29 In the evening count Omer 19 9 10 rhht y Iyar 9 Omer 24 15 rhht uy Iyar 15 Omer 30 PESACH SHEINI In the evening count Omer 28 In the evening count Omer 29 In the evening count Omer 30 In the evening count Omer 31 18 19 20 21 22 rhht yh Iyar 19 Omer 34 rhht f Iyar 20 Omer 35 rhht tf Iyar 21 Omer 36 rhht h Iyar 10 Omer 25 Behar Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 3 In the evening count Omer 26 In the evening count Omer 24 In the evening count Omer 27 rhht jh Iyar 18 Omer 33 3 rhht d Iyar 3 Omer 18 Emor Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 2 In the evening count Omer 18 In the evening count Omer 25 In the evening count Omer 20 Shabbat rhht cf Iyar 22 Omer 37 16 rhht zy Iyar 16 Omer 31 17 rhht zh Iyar 17 Omer 32 Bechukotai Shabbat Chazzak Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 4 In the evening count Omer 32 In the evening count Omer 33 23 24 rhht df Iyar 23 Omer 38 rhht sf Iyar 24 Omer 39 BAMIDBAR Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 5 Blessing of new month LAG B’OMER In the evening count Omer 34 In the evening count Omer 35 In the evening count Omer 36 In the evening count Omer 37 In the evening count Omer 38 25 26 27 28 29 rhht vf Iyar 25 Omer 40 rhht uf Iyar 26 Omer 41 rhht zf Iyar 27 Omer 42 rhht jf Iyar 28 Omer 43 rhht yf Iyar 29 Omer 44 In the evening count Omer 39 In the evening count Omer 40 30 31 iuhx t Sivan 1 Omer 45 iuhx c Sivan 2 Omer 46 Naso Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 6 Rosh Chodesh In the evening count Omer 46 In the evening count Omer 41 In the evening count Omer 42 In the evening count Omer 43 may 2014 .iyar/sivan 5774 In the evening count Omer 44 In the evening count Omer 45 In the evening count Omer 47 .

His release was celebrated throughout the Jewish world as a victory for Jewry and Judaism. and his release from Bolshevik imprisonment (1927). Rabbi Menachem M. LET’S WELCOME MOSHIACH Led by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He was imprisoned and threatened with his life for his struggle to preserve Judaism in the Soviet Union. and a world filled with G-dliness. the Holy Temple. we do not celebrate weddings and in general hold no festivities. The Rebbe’s contribution to Jews and Judaism in this generation is immeasurable. During this period. www. THE UPCOMING REDEMPTION The belief in the upcoming redemption is one of the foundations of our faith. FAST OF TAMMUZ 17 The 17th of Tammuz marks the beginning of a three-week period of mourning. Schneerson. Through our efforts. thousands of young couples have dedicated their lives.sivan/tammuz 5774 dwwga. beginning with Moses himself. and has been prom ised to us by almost every one of our prophets. Throughout the ages. sixth leader of Chabad Lubavitch (1880). our redeemer. many prominent Rabbis pro claimed this generation to be the one to usher in the redemption. to spread Yiddishkeit throughout the globe. until it too fell on the 7th of Av. it shall surely soon become a reality. by Dennis Bacchus. On the 17th of Tammuz in particular. was torched late on Av 9. We can prepare for this special time by studying “Meditation”. Thus the “Three Weeks” begins with a fast on the 17th of Tammuz and concludes with a full day (25 hour) fast on the Ninth of Av.june 2014 . zun. through the global network of Chabad Lubavitch institutions. the walls of Jerusalem were breached. His vision and promise of an imminent redemption. The Jewish forces continued to defend the Temple Mount for another 19 days.nerartgallery.com the relevant passages in the Torah and its commentaries. This will not only help us prepare for the redemption – this will hasten its arrival! TAMMUZ 12 Birthday of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak. This is a tragic time on our calendar during which many calamities befell our nation in the course of history. . Rabbi Menachem M. The Beit HaMikdash. Schneerson (1994). Maimonides in cluded it in his famous Thirteen Principles of the Jewish Faith. Under his leadership and guidance. and by increasing in acts of goodness and kindness. after years of siege. our ancestors have always prayed for and looked forward to the coming of Moshiach. even during the most trying times. peace and harmony continues to inspire millions throughout the world.•iuhx TAMMUZ 3 Passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Sunday 1 iuhx d Sivan 3 Omer 47 Monday 2 iuhx s Sivan 4 Omer 48 Tuesday 3 iuhx v Sivan 5 Omer 49 Wednesday 4 iuhx u Sivan 6 1st day of SHAVUOT Thursday 5 iuhx z Sivan 7 Friday 6 iuhx j Sivan 8 Yizkor 2nd day of SHAVUOT Isru Chag Shabbat 7 iuhx y Sivan 9 Behaalotecha Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 1 In the evening count Omer 48 In the evening count Omer 49 8 iuhx h Sivan 10 9 iuhx th Sivan 11 10 iuhx ch Sivan 12 11 iuhx dh Sivan 13 12 iuhx sh Sivan 14 13 iuhx uy Sivan 15 14 iuhx zy Sivan 16 Shlach Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 2 15 iuhx zh Sivan 17 16 iuhx jh Sivan 18 17 iuhx yh Sivan 19 18 iuhx f Sivan 20 19 iuhx tf Sivan 21 20 iuhx cf Sivan 22 21 iuhx df Sivan 23 Korach Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 3 Blessing of new month 22 iuhx sf Sivan 24 23 iuhx vf Sivan 25 24 iuhx uf Sivan 26 25 iuhx zf Sivan 27 26 iuhx jf Sivan 28 27 iuhx yf Sivan 29 New moon: 6:06 6/9 pM 28 iuhx k Sivan 30 Chukat Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 4 Rosh Chodesh 29 zun. c Tammuz 2 Rosh Chodesh june 2014 . t Tammuz 1 30 zun.sivan/tammuz 5774 .

Until noon we sit on low seats only. This date is particularly joyful as it occurs just as we conclude the mourning period over the destruction of the Temple.July 2014 . Additionally. www. we refrain from consuming meat or wine and from various pleasurable activities as a sign of additional mourning.Tammuz/Menachem Av 5774 dwwga. From the First of Av until after the Ninth of Av (excluding Shabbat). anointing oneself with oils or lotions. ct ojbn•zun. THE NINE DAYS OF MOURNING While the mourning period begins on Tammuz 17.” Several joyful events have occurred on this date. decreeing that they would wander the desert for forty years. including the end of the 40 year decree upon the Jewish people to wander and die in the desert after leaving Egypt. World War I began on Av 9. The observances of the fast of Tish’a B’Av are similar to those of Yom Kippur. now! Av 15 “Jerusalem Rebuilt”. Much more recently. it was on this date that G-d punished that generation.nerartgallery. melancholy yet reassuring. is on the destruction on this date of both the first Temple (422 BCE) and the second Temple (68 CE). These include refraining from any food or drink.com The Mishnah (Tractate Ta’anit) recounts: “There were no greater holidays for the Jewish people than that of the 15th of Av and of Yom Kippur. never entering into the Holy Land. and from marital relations. the scroll of Eichah (Lamentations) is read in the synagogue in a unique chant. however. on the eve of the fast. wearing leather shoes. by Dennis Bacchus. as a mourner does during Shiva. The focus of our mourning. Just one year after our forefathers left Egypt. it intensifies when the month of Av enters. . TISH’A B’AV – THE NINTH OF AV The Ninth of Av has been a sad day on the Jewish calendar from the earliest days of our history as a people. washing or showering. May we merit seeing the ultimate redemption and rebuilding of the Temple by Moshiach.

df Tammuz 23 22 zun. v Tammuz 5 4 zun. u Tammuz 6 5 10 zun. d Tammuz 3 2 zun.Sunday Monday Tuesday 1 6 zun. uf Tammuz 26 25 zun. zh Tammuz 17 Thursday 3 Friday Shabbat zun. tf Tammuz 21 Matot Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 1 FAST OF 17th TAMMUZ 20 zun. uy Tammuz 15 7 14 zun. z Tammuz 7 Balak Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 5 zun. ch Tammuz 12 11 zun. sh Tammuz 14 PINCHAS Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 6 zun. cf Tammuz 22 21 zun. yh Tammuz 19 18 zun. j Tammuz 8 13 zun. yf Tammuz 29 New moon: 6:50 13/18 AM 28 ct t Av 1 29 ct c Av 2 Rosh Chodesh July 2014 . f Tammuz 20 19 23 zun. zf Tammuz 27 26 zun. zy Tammuz 16 Wednesday zun. jh Tammuz 18 17 zun. th Tammuz 11 15 zun.Tammuz/Menachem Av 5774 30 ct d Av 3 31 ct s Av 4 . vf Tammuz 25 24 zun. h Tammuz 10 9 zun. y Tammuz 9 zun. jf Tammuz 28 Massei Shabbat Chazzak Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 2 Blessing of new month 27 zun. dh Tammuz 13 12 16 zun. sf Tammuz 24 zun. s Tammuz 4 8 zun.

the “life” of Elul. founder of the Chassidic movement.august 2013 . So too with us: The knowledge that G-d is more accessible to us this month compels us to reach out to him through repentance.com up-close.leonzernitsky. and my beloved is to me” (Song of Songs 6:3). Birthday of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698).menachem av/elul 5773 dwwga. extra prayers are recited daily and the Shofar is sounded every weekday. founder of the Chabad movement. is the time to re flect on our actions of the passing year. the last of the Jewish calendar. and to find ways to correct any shortcomings. THE KING IS IN THE FIELD During the month of Elul. by Leon Zernitsky www. G-d is closer and more accessible to us than the rest of the year. prayer and charity. ELUL 25-26 After midnight. When the king leaves his guarded palace and travels through the fields. . we recite Selichot (special peni tential prayers). and of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745). he makes himself accessible to all – and the people stop what they are doing and come out to greet him. ELUL 18 Known as Chai Elul. kukt•ct ojbn ELUL The month of Elul. We continue to recite Selichot every weekday from Monday morning until Rosh Hashanah. excited by the rare opportunity to see their king “ I am to my beloved. In synagogues around the world.

Sunday 3 Monday ct z Av 7 4 ct j Av 8 Tuesday 5 ct y Av 9 Wednesday Thursday Friday Shabbat 1 ct v Av 5 2 ct u Av 6 DEVARIM Shabbat Chazon Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 3 8 ct ch Av 12 9 ct dh Av 13 va’etchanan Shabbat Nachamu Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 4 16 ct f Av 20 eikev Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 5 23 6 ct h Av 10 7 ct th Av 11 13 ct zh Av 17 14 ct jh Av 18 15 ct yh Av 19 20 ct sf Av 24 21 ct vf Av 25 22 ct uf Av 26 FAST OF 9th OF AV 10 ct sh Av 14 17 ct tf Av 21 11 ct uy Av 15 12 ct zy Av 16 18 ct cf Av 22 19 ct df Av 23 ct zf Av 27 re’eh Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 6 Blessing of new month 24 31 kukt yh ct jf Elul Av 19 28 25 ct yf Av 29 New moon: 7:34 7/9 AM 26 ct k Av 30 27 kukt v Elul 5 Rosh Chodesh august 2014 .menachem av/elul 5774 Rosh Chodesh kukt t Elul 1 28 kukt c Elul 2 29 kukt d Elul 3 30 kukt s Elul 4 Shoftim Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 1 .

and it presages the coming of Moshiach. kukt ROSH HASHANAH Rosh Hashanah (literally. or hut. In commemoration of the protective “clouds of glory” with which G-d surrounded the Jewish people on their way out of Egypt. During morning services on Simchat Torah. we are ready for the joyous holiday of Sukkot. Each Rosh Ha shanah. rejoicing in the knowledge that G-d has inscribed us for a good and healthy new year. each cycle challenging us to discover its ever deeper meaning. the “head” of the year) is the beginning of the Jewish year – and the “birth day” of all of creation. washing. On the evening of Simchat Torah. is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. “the Season of our Joy”. . we refrain from working. THE SHOFAR The sounding of the Shofar (the ram’s horn) is a central observance of Rosh Hashanah. On this day. This day is one of spiritual cleansing. We immediately start reading the Torah from the beginning again–remembering that the Torah is an endless source of wisdom. In return. by Dennis Bacchus www. it is a “wake up call” to return to G-d.nerartgallery. whose arrival will be heralded by the “Great Shofar”. reading the last Torah portion. marital relations and wearing leather shoes. we complete the Torah. On the day he was created. SIMCHAT TORAH Simchat Torah marks the day we complete the reading of the Torah in its annual cycle. G-d promises us forgiveness. YOM KIPPUR Yom Kippur. we live in makeshift huts during the seven days of this holiday. we acknowledge and regret our past sins and resolve to improve in the future. eating and drinking. The name Sukkot is derived from the word Sukkah.•dwwga. (and in many com munities. hra. “It’s all about the King”. we reaffirm this with our renewed com mitment to G-d and His commandments.com anointing with oils or lotions. dancing and rejoicing with the Torah scrolls.elul 5774 /tishrei 5775 swwga. The Sho far calls many things to mind: It symbolizes our coronation of G-d as King. on the previous evening of Shemini Atzeret as well) we make seven Hakafot (circuits) around the table upon which the Torah is read. the Day of Atonement. the first humans. One who missed the Shofar in synagogue should make sure to hear at least the thirty prescribed Shofar sounds before the end of the day. SUKKOT After a period of sober and reverent reflection during the Days of Awe. Adam acknowledged G-d’s kingship over the entire universe.september 2014 . It commemorates the cre ation of Adam and Eve.

Sunday Monday Tuesday 1 kukt u Elul 6 2 kukt z Elul 7 3 kukt j Elul 8 kukt sh Elul 14 10 7 kukt ch Elul 12 8 kukt dh Elul 13 9 14 kukt yh Elul 19 15 kukt f Elul 20 16 kukt tf Elul 21 21 kukt uf Elul 26 22 23 kukt jf Elul 28 kukt zf Elul 27 Wednesday 4 kukt y Elul 9 kukt uy Elul 15 11 17 kukt cf Elul 22 24 kukt yf Elul 29 Eruv Tavshilin 28 hra. u Tishrei 6 Fast of Gedaliah september 2014 . c Tishrei 2 27 1st day of ROSH HASHANAH 2nd day of ROSH HASHANAH kukt th Elul 11 ki teitzei Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 2 kukt jh Elul 18 ki tavo Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 3 & 4 kukt vf Elul 25 nitzavim vayeilech Shabbat Selichot Pirkei-Avot: Chapter 5 & 6 hra. s Tishrei 4 29 hra. t Tishrei 1 26 hra.elul 5774/tishrei 5775 Thursday Friday Shabbat 5 kukt h Elul 10 6 kukt zy Elul 16 12 kukt zh Elul 17 13 18 kukt df Elul 23 19 kukt sf Elul 24 20 25 hra. d Tishrei 3 HA’AZINU Shabbat Shuva . v Tishrei 5 30 hra.