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Shabbat Vayikra

Leviticus 1:1-5:26
Candle Lighting time:   7:00 p.m.

This Shabbat we begin the next book in the Torah, Leviticus. The rabbis wondered why the book begins so differently from the rest of the Torah. Usually we read that God spoke to Moses, but here the Holy One called (Vayikra) to Moses. The explanaton in Leviticus Raba is quite beautiful. God told Moses to build the Tabernacle in the book of Exodus. Concerning every detail, the Holy One recorded that “Moses did as God had commanded.” God said to Himself so to speak, “All the honor that Moses accorded Me and I’m inside the Taberncle and he stands outside it”. Consequently, God called him to enter the Holy of Holies (to be with Him).


In less than two weeks leaders of the seder will call those who are young and those who are old to enter their homes to join in the Passover celebration. The very structure of the Haggadah emphaises the blessing of an intergenerational seder. Erica Brown in her Haggadah, Seder Talks, writes about the significance of the song “Baruch HaMakom-Blessed is the Omnipresent” sandwhiched between the stories about our sages like Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Eliezer and the 4 children.


“In this song we celebrate and bless the God who gave us Torah. It is the Torah that bridges the old and the new, from generation to generation. The sages were absorbed in the story of the Exodus and always open to new interpretations that could layer their knowledge. Then they passed it down to the next generation: the children, who would then carry it forward and transmit it. We stop here to bles this momet of transition and the God who required this legacy.” (page 14)


As you prepare for your seder this year calling all the generations together, think of one value or peral of wisdom about life that you received from someone before you that you hope you will transmit it to someone after you and then share it around your seder table. See if you can reduce the advice into one saying and what would that sentence?


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.


Passover Schedule


Sunday, April 9th Bedekat Hametz, the search for leven after 8:07 P.M.


Monday, April 10th a. Finish eating hametz before 10:46 A.M.

b. Bi’ur Hametz, burning the hametz before 11:51 A.M.

c. Last time to burn the hametz at the shul .

.and sell your hametz by Rabbi Greene 11:30 A.M.

d. Candle lighting time 7:11 P.M

e. Enjoy your 1st Seder


Tuesday, April 11th First Day of Passover

  1. Shacharit 9:30 A.M.

  2. Candle lighting time after 8:11 P.M.

  3. Enjoy your 2nd Seder.


Wednesday, April 12th Second Day of Passover

a. Shacharit services 9:30 A.M.



Sunday, April 16th The 7th Day of Passover

a. Mincha/Ma’ariv services 7:00 P.M.

b. Candle lighting 7:17 PM.


Monday, April 17 a. Shacharit services 9:30 A.M.

b. Mincha/Ma’ariv services 7:00 P.M.

c. Candle lighting after 8:17 P.M.


Tuesday, April 18th 8th Day of Passover

a. Shacharit Services 9:30 A.M.

b. Yizkor Services approx. 11:00 A.M. .

c. Passover is over at 8:12 P.M.

d. You may reclaim your hametz sold by

Rabbi Greene 8:30 P.M.


Save the Date!

Sunday, April 23rd 10:30 a.m. Our Community-wide observance of Yom Hashoa is being held at Marathon this year.


Sunday, June 4th Join us as  we march in the Celebrate Israel Parade.



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