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Shabbat Hagadol


Leviticus 6:1-8:36
Friday, April 7 Candle Lighting time 7:07 p.m


One of the main pedagogical purposes of the Haggadah is to arouse questions especially in young children.  We dip the karpas into the salt water and break the middle matzah into two unequal parts at the very beginning of the seder to spark two of the four questions. I once read in a commentary that said the sentences “Kol Dichfin Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are in need come and share the Passover meal.” also causes the child to ask the following question. On all other nights when Abba sees a poor person begging on the street corner for money, he crosses the street to avoid any contact with him lest he be forced to give him some change. But on this night he is inviting the poor person into our home to join us for supper!


Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik explains the seeming redundancy of those two sentences found in the Haggadah. One describes a poor person who has no food and is hungry; consequently, he wouldn’t be able to celebrate Passover at all without this invitation. Whoever is in need “refers to one who is alone, who has a lot of Matza and wine but no home or family. There are indeed many ways to be included among the ‘Whoever is in need.’ The invitation to ‘all who are in need’ is not ‘to eat with us;’ rather, to spend the Passover with us, ‘to celebrate with us.’ It is an invitation addressed to unfortunate and lonely people. They might be millionaires; it is completely irrelevant. Whoever is in need should come and celebrate.” (A Night to Remember: the Haggadah of Contemporary Voices, edited by Mishael Zion and Noam Zion, page 21)


Rambam teaches in the Mishneh Torah Hilchot Yom Tov 6:14 that this invitation isn’t just to fulfill the mitzvah of welcoming in guests and giving tzedakah.  One fulfills the mitzvah of rejoicing in the holiday by sharing what you have with others.  The more you share or give away the happier you will be.  So rejoice this Passover by inviting guests over to your seder whether they are hungry or in need of human companionship.


Shabbat Shalom and have a kosher and happy Passover,

Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

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


Save the Date!


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.  Reserve you place on the bus with a bottle a water and a commemorative T-shirt for any donation over $18.00.  Even if you can't march you can any donation you make over $18.00 you will receive the T-shirt too.



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