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Shabbat Passover

First day Exodus 12:21-51  Second day  Leviticus 22:26-23:44
Maftir both days Numbers 28:16-25


Far from home and training for World War II, American recruits in basic training turned to humor and correspondence to cope with the challenges they faced. In one letter home a young man described the vaccination process with wonderful exaggeration: “Two medical officers chased us with harpoons. They grabbed us and pinned us to the floor and stuck one in each arm.”


Yet one soldier began to realize that humor could only take him so far. Then he received a Bible. “I enjoy it very much and I read it every night,” he wrote. “I never realized you could learn so much from a Bible.”


Long ago, the Jewish exiles returned home after years of slavery in Babylon to find their problems came with them. As they struggled to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls, they faced opposition from enemies and famine. Amid their trouble, they turned to the Torah. They were surprised at what they learned. When the priests read from the scroll of the teaching of God, translating it and giving the sense; so the people could understand it, they were moved to tears (Nehemiah 8:4- 12). But they also found comfort. Nehemiah the governor told them, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (v. 10).


Every year on Passover we sit around the table reading the Haggadah at our Seder. Of course, the Haggadah is replete with verses from the Bible. Just like our ancestors who returned home from their exile, we can learn a lot from those biblical verses in the Haggadah about God’s character, His forgiveness, His redeeming power and His comfort. Read it carefully and study it well. You just might be surprised what you learn from its pages


Shabbat Shalom and Hag Samayach,


Rabbi Greene


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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