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Shabbat Hagadol

Exodus 6:1-8:36
Candle Lighting time 6:52 p.m.


I read a story that most parents who take their children to swimming lessons can identify with.


“When my son Joe was a child, I took him to the local YMCA for swimming lessons. I could almost see an Olympic gold medal swinging around his neck. To my chagrin, Joe didn’t ‘wow’ the class. Instead, he took one look at the water, one look at the instructor, and started bawling.


“I thought, Oh, no, I’ve fathered a coward! To make matters worse, the instructor motioned for me to take Joe back to the locker room. In the midst of his sobs and pleas to go home, I gave him a little pep talk: ‘You can do it, Joe! I’ll come to all your lessons, and we’ll have a signal. When you get scared you can look up at me, and when I hold my thumb up you’ll know it’s going to be okay because I’m here cheering you on.’ Joe finally agreed, and today he can swim circles around me.”


God is our cheerleader! This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Hagadol, the great Sabbath. One reason for this appellation is given by the great codifier of Jewish law the Tur. In his ground breaking work of Jewish law he explains that the Sabbath before the very first Passover was the 10th of Tishre and the Israelites separated their Paschal Lamb readying it for the Exodus from Egypt four days later. Between that Shabbat and Passover the Egyptians would ask the Israelites what they were doing to one of their gods. With great courage and faith in the Lord they explained they were going sacrifice the lamb just before they were going to leave Egypt for good. The Egyptians couldn’t do anything against them anymore and our ancestors felt that this too was a miracle. (Tur  Orech Chayim, chapter 430) This Shabbat Hagadol reminds us of that great courage our ancestors had.


How often do we face situations that seem overwhelming and impossible? It’s in those times that we need to find our confidence in God. Our first instinct may be to back away in fear. But that’s exactly when we need to look to God to find the courage to meet any obstacle. Just like the father in the above story, God is always there encouraging us, as it is written: “Fear not, as I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will sustain you with my power.” (Isaiah 41:10)


Whatever the challenges you’re facing don’t worry for God is cheering you on your behalf saying, “You can do it!”


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

Shabbat 9:30 a.m.


Passover Schedule

Date Event Time
Thursday, March 29 Bedekat Hametz, the search for leven after 7:45 P.M.
Friday, March 30 Finish eating hametz before 10:52 A.M.
  Bi’ur Hametz, burning the hametz before 11:56 A.M.
  Last time to burn the hametz at the shul .and sell your hametz by Rabbi Greene 11:30 A.M.
  Candle lighting time 7:00 P.M.
  Enjoy your 1st Seder
Saturday, March 31 First Day of Passover
  Shacharit 9:30 A.M.
  Candle lighting time after 8:00 P.M.
  Enjoy your 2nd Seder.
Sunday, April 1 Second Day of Passover
  Shacharit services 9:30 A.M.
Thursday, April 5 Candle lighting 7:06 P.M.
Friday, April 6 The 7th Day of Passover
  Shacharit services 9:30 A.M.
  Candle lighting 7:07 P.M.
Saturday, April 7 8th Day of Passover
  Shacharit services 9:30 A.M.
  Yizkor Services approx. 11:00 A.M.
  Passover is over at 8:05 P.M.
  You may reclaim your hametz sold by Rabbi Greene 8:30 P.M.


Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 15 - Yom Hashoa observances  at Temple Torah at 10:30 A.M.

Sunday, June 3 - Celebrate Israel Parade



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