Rabbi Stan Levin

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    This web site is for those of you who are looking for a rabbi to perform life cycle events in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, including funerals, and baby namings.

    This  site is also for people who are interested in Jewish holidays, Torah Study, and other topics of Jewish interest. 

Torah and Haftarah Portions for the Month of August 2017

» August 5  - Va'Etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11); Haftarah (Isaiah 40:1-26)
» August 12 - Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 ); Haftarah (Isaiah 49:14-51:3 )
» August 19 - Re'eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17); Haftarah (Isaiah 54:11-55:5)
» August 26 - Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9); Haftarah (Isaiah 51:12-52:12)

Jewish Holiday in August 2017
» August 7- Tu b'Av.  The 15th Day in the Month of Av.  In contrast to Tisha b'Av, a Jewish holiday of mourning, Tu b'Av is  a celebration of love.  This is a minor holiday, but its origins are pre-Talmudic.  On the 15th day of the month of Av, unmarried women would dance in the fields, all in white dresses so there would be no class distinction, and unmarried men would go there to select a wife.  In modern Israel, it is treated like a Jewish Valetine's Day, with gifts of flowers, romantic dinners, and even marriages.  (See Babylonian Talmud, tractate Ta'anit 30b-31a.)

Rabbi Stan Contact Information:
Phone: 240.720.5212
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