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Shabbat Passover

1st day Exodus 13:17-15:26
2nd day Deuteronomy 14:22- 16:17
Both days the second Torah  Numbers 28:19-25
Candle Lighting time 7:07 p.m.


This Friday is one of the two concluding holy days of Passover. Friday is the seventh day of Passover. According to the Torah the Israelites crossed the Sea of Reeds leaving Egypt behind them for good on the 7th Day. Everybody knows the miracle at the Sea of Reeds. The sea split allowing the Israelites to cross over on dry land safely. When the Egyptians pursued them, the water collapsed upon them and trapped them.


I don't know about you, but I'm still full from the Seders even though they were 7 days ago. Once again Judy outdid herself as the MasterChef. Everything was so delicious. I know I made a point of thanking her for all her hard work and the delicious meals she prepared for so many people sitting around our table. Of course we also thanked God for the bounty we partook by saying birkat hamazon, grace after meals. I wonder how many families stop the Seder before saying birkat hamazon.


The famous  French Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas connected eating to crossing the Sea of Reeds. "Birkat hamazon is a supremely important Act. To be able to eat and drink is as extra ordinary, as miraculous, as Crossing the Sea of Reeds. We do not recognize the miracle because, for the moment, we live in a world of plenty and because our memory is so short. Yet those and less fortunate lands understand that to satisfy one's hunger is a Miracle of Miracles... The route that bread travels from the Earth where groes to our mouth where it is eaten is very perilous as it is to cross the Sea of Reeds...." ( from the Haggadah A Night to Remember, page 111


Saying grace after every meal is a wonderful reminder that we have an obligation to feed the hungry. It truly would be a miracle if we could start every meal with the Declaration, “Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are in need come and share our meal.”


Chag Samayach and Shabbat Shalom,


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.


Save the Date


Wednesday, 7:00 p.m Help us pack the Yom Hashoa candle bags at Cong. L'dor  V'Dor   ( Little Neck JC) and/or then help us deliver the packages on Sunday morning.

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

Thursday, May 3rd celebrate Lag B'Omer with a hot dod dinner an see the mvie  "The Band's Visit" Dinner is $10.00 pp and the movie is free. Make tyour reservations at the synogogue's office

Sunday, June 3 - Celebrate Israel Parade



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