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.


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