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Shabbat Shmini

Leviticus 9:1-11:47
Friday, April 21

“Mistakes were made,” said the CEO as he discussed the illegal activity his company had been involved in. He looked regretful, yet he kept blame at arm’s length and couldn’t admit he had personally done anything wrong.


How unlike the CEO is Moses in this week’s Torah portion!  Moses became angry at his nephews Eleazar and Itamar for not eating the purification offering at all. They should have sprinkled the blood on the altar and eaten the meat in the sanctuary in order to gain atonement for the Israelites. Aaron replied that since his other sons, Nadav and Avihu, sinned and paid the ultimate price publically, it was not appropriate for his family to stand before God bearing the sins of the people.  “And when Moses heard, this, he approved.” (Lev. 10:20)


When Aaron corrected him, Moses could just have said “Mistakes were made” and dropped the whole issue.  But he didn’t for he approved of what Aaron had taught him.  According to Rashi, “Moses admitted that Aaron was right and was not ashamed to say, “I had not heard this law.” In fact according to S’forno “Moses rejoiced in the good reasoning of his brother and his sons who understood and decided the law so well.”


Sometimes it seems easier to blame someone else rather than admitting our own failings. Equally dangerous is to try to minimize our wrong doings by calling it “just a mistake” instead of acknowledging its true nature.


Moses’ willingness to admit he was wrong should serve as our model to strive for.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

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


Save the Date!

Come and meet Hazzan Ellen Miller Arad, a prospective Cantor as she auditions for our Cantorial position this Shabbat April 22nd.


Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Sunday, April 23, 2017 at MJCC


Israel Film Festival continues Sunday, April 30 th at 11 AM : Zero Motivation. Brunch with the movie will be available. Falafel in Pita $6; Pizza slice $2.50; Chips $1.00 and soda $1.00. RSVP by April 27 th.


May 25 th Sisterhood Mahjong Card Party 


June 4 th Celebrate Israel Parade: $18.00 includes round trip bus, commemorative T-shirt, a light snack and bottled water. For those who are unable to attend a donation of $18 or more will get you a t-shirt.


Finally I leave for my Israel bike ride supporting special needs campers at Camp Ramah on May 3rd.  I am only $100.00 from raising my all time new record of $5500.00. 


If you haven't yet and need just one more reminder, now is the time help me reach this milestone.  All you have to do is either follow this secure link: 


or send in a check to the National Ramah Commission with a notation that you are supporting my ride. Mail it to the National Ramah Commission, 3080 Broadway, NY, NY 10027.


If you have already made a donation, I am most thankful.  



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