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Shabbat Tazria-Metzora

Leviticus 12:1-15:33
Candle Lighting time 7:29 p.m.​


Recently I overheard an older woman speaking to a friend about the current obsession with dieting. “These days,” she mused, “I’m more concerned with what comes out of my mouth than what goes into it.” There’s a world of wisdom in those words.


“Playing on the linguistic similarity of the Hebrew for ‘leper’ (metzora) and the Hebrew for “one who gossips” (Motzi shem ra) the Sages considered leprosy to be a punishment of the sins of slander and malicious gossip. (Lev. R. 16:11) They teach that gossip is like leprosy because it is highly contagious. One infected person can spread a malicious rumor to many others.” (Etz Hayyim Commentary below the line page 652)


What we say affects others. “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,” says Proverbs 12:18. But what we may overlook is the effect our reckless words have on us. When we gossip, or when we malign others, our words begin to ruin us, for we gratify the evil that is in us and strengthen it until it overthrows us.


On the contrary, when we guard our lips we strike a blow at this malevolence. “The tongue of the wise promotes health,” continues Proverbs 12:18. We protect our souls, for we weaken the very thing that lies in wait to ruin us.


If you “set a guard” over your mouth and “keep watch over the door” of your lips (Psalm 141:3), you won’t have to eat your words. Let your words promote life, not destruction.


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

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


Save the Date!

April 30th at 11AM Israel Film Festival continues Sunday : 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 27th.


May 25th Sisterhood Mahjong Card Party 


May 30th Erev Shavuot 6:00 p.m. Screening the documentary "A Yiddish World Remembered" The movie is free. 7:00 p.m. Shavuot Services 7:30 A 3 course dairy dinner in honor of Shavuot.  Dinner is only $20.00 per person. Hebrew School age children free with a parent or guardian. RSVP by May 18th.  Join for all or part of the celebration.


May 31st Our annual outdoor Shavuot renewal service at 10:00 a.m.


June 1st Shavuot services begin at 9:30 a.m. with yizkor around 11:00 a.m.


June 4th 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 $140.00 from raising my all time new record of $6000.00. 


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 made out 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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