4/28/2016

Last Days of Pesah (days 7 & 8)

7th Day
Thursday evening, April 28, Candles @ 7:30pm
Friday April 29
Morning Service @ 9:30
(Song of the Sea)

8th Day
Friday evening, April 29, Candles @ 7:31pm
Shabbat Morning service @ 9:30pm
(Song of Songs)

Shabbat and Festival end April 30 @ 8:30pm
Eat Hametz from 9:00pm

4/21/2016

Pesach 2016 & Shabbat

Thursday evening April 21st:
Bedikat Hametz - Search for Hametz after 8pm.
Sell your Hametz:
Email Rabbi Rosen (jeremyrosen(at)msn.com) with details of locations before midnight.

Friday 22nd:
Stop eating Hametz by 9:51am; Burn Hametz by 11:08am

Candles Friday 22nd @ 7:23pm
1st Seder Night

Pesach 1st Day & Shabbat Morning 23rd April, Service 9:30am
Prayer for Tal (Dew)

Candles for Second Day: Saturday 23rd April 8:19pm
Second Seder Night
Start Counting the Omer after 8:40pm

Sunday April 24th: 2nd Day Pesach
Sunday Morning Service 9:30am

Happy Pesach wherever you are!

4/14/2016

Shabbat Metzorah

Shabbat HaGadol

Candles Friday 15th April 7:16pm
April 16th Havdalah 8:12pm

Mazal Tov for Mathew Gatan’s Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat.

The Shabbat before Pesach is always called Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat. There are several reasons that are given. Some concern the past and others the future.

The past: This was the Shabbat before the Exodus. The slaves were told to be ready and their preparations must have alerted the Egyptians that something was afoot. Yet they do not appear to have bee afraid. Daubing blood on their doorposts to distinguish the Israelites from Egyptians meant that they were prepared to take a very positive to identify themselves as being different. Commitment involves action. Shabbat HaGadol, therefore, stands for a historic moment of identification.

The Haftarah on Shabbat HaGadol hints at a totally different significance. It comes from the Prophet Malachi and ends “ Behold I am sending you Elijah the prophet before the arrival of that great ( Gadol) and awesome day.” This idea that at some time in the future we will reach a higher spiritual standard than we have today is a very significant theological part of Judaism. It is the optimistic goal of improving ourselves and making this world a better place for everyone.

These two opposite ideas are indeed the bedrock of Jewish ideology. We have a long history of surviving to represent an ethical spiritual example of how humans should and can behave on earth. But we know we are nowhere near perfect. So we also look to the future because we are required to strive for a higher state for ourselves and for humanity. We are inspired by the past and aspire to the future. That is how we should all live.

4/07/2016

Shabbat Tazriah

Shabbat HaHodesh, Rosh Hodesh Nisan
Candles April 8th 7:09pm
Havdalah 9th 8:05pm

When we look at the Torah, the sequence of topics and laws often strike us as random and without design. But in reality there is a clear structure and message.

Three and half thousand years ago, the Israelite nation and its way of life began to create a unique system of living. After Sinai and the Covenental Two Tablets of Stone we call the Ten Commandments, the Torah followed those principles with chapters on civil law. From there it moved on to the community center, the Tabernacle.

Once it had been built the book of Vayikra, Leviticus, deals with the sacrificial ceremonies that took place every day of the year. In those days they were the central symbols of the nation. The community also required civil servants, supported by the people, to ensure it functioned effectively. The priests were commissioned and supported to perform these communal ceremonies. But they also took care of the social, medical and educational class of the Israelites.

From the public spaces and sacrifices the Torah moves on to the private spaces and matters of child birth, health and the need to provide a caring, healthy environment. Any significant change in a person’s physical state whether it is childbirth or disease, presents a challenge. One has to care of the person, give them time to recuperate and at the same time protect the community from plague.

These chapters we now read officially deal with leprosy but its not the disease of that name we are familiar with today. Rather it symbolizes any infection or decay that affects our bodies, our fabrics and our structures. The priest had to identify the problem and then prescribe the cure.

The lesson we learn is that we need to take care of ourselves and our environment. The physical and the spirtual are interconnected and the role of the priest ideally was to bring both aspects together in the life of the community. We no longer expect priests to do these things. Instead we all need to recognize and deal with these issues ourselves and delegate where necessary to experts.

***

This Shabbat April 9th Ms. Mahin Moezinia, children, grandchildren,
and their families will be sponsoring the Kiddush and Luncheon
on Shabbat, Saturday April 9th
at the Persian Jewish Center at Park East Synagogue
Service ends 12:00 pm

In memory and leilui neshamot for the upcoming of anniversaries of
Nedjatolah Moezinia
Nazanine Moezinia Sarafzadeh

In addition, we are privileged to host two soildiers from Tzahal, The Israel Armed Forces. We have two amazing soldiers coming.

https://www.standwithus.com/campaigns/soldiers/

In fact, their engagement went viral online during Operation Protective Edge. This is the link to the original post on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/StandWithUs/photos/a.350931762688.151625.19459912688/10152268618767689/?type=1&theater

http://www.standwithus.com/news/article.asp?id=3426