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April 15, 2021
Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm
Morning services   7:30pm
Evening services   6:30pm
Candle lighting   7:18pm
Saturday/Yom Haatzmaut
Morning services   10am
Outdoors, light lunch.
Shabbat ends   8:21pm
Virtual Hebrew School
Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm
Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm







This week features the double portion of Tazria-Metzora which is dominated by the topic of Tzaraat, which could be considered a spiritual psoriasis. In Exodus and Numbers we have sources that link this condition to Lashon Harah, or disparaging talk without constructive purpose. Included in this presentation is the seemingly fantastical phenomena of this condition potentially affecting one's clothes or even house. Yet the Talmud in Sanhedrin 71a insists that there never actually was a case of these 2 scenarios. So why are they here?

The masters of Mussar describe a frequent example of human nature as refusing to respond to the consequences of one's actions. God is anxious that the person reform and sends "gentle reminders" that there is something wrong, but if those reminders are not effective God continues to send reminders that become less and less gentle. This is the concept that emanates from the Torah describing the increasingly drastic developments of Tzaraat as the person persists in their negative behavior, in this case the gossip and slander. The hope is that eventually the person wakes up to the core problem and acts accordingly. 
So in our own lives, this teaches us that if things progress from bad to worse it might be helpful to reflect on our behavior to determine what might have started this process to begin with.
This week we celebrate Israel Independence Day. However, due to the unusual state of affairs with Covid and the calendar, we will celebrate the occasion on Shabbat which is the actual calendar date, 5 Iyar, while others may choose different days.
And speaking of Shabbat, after a long hiatus, we welcome back the Downtown Minyan for Saturday morning services which will be outdoors, and begin at 10am.
We will also celebrate the baby naming for the daughter of Josh and  Lauren Magnas, brother of our longtime member Danny Magnas. They will sponsor dessert.
Remaining shiva hours for Anshi Eiger, son in law of Sylvain and Amy Cappell:
Thu 4/15: 3:00pm-5:00pm, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Fri 4/16: 10:30am-12:30pm
Join Zoom shiva using the information below;
Meeting ID: 966 021 1481  Password: 8562037
Dial-in audio only: (646) 558-8656  Meeting ID: 966 021 1481
Baby naming for Esther Tare this past Monday morning
We also welcomed the Raab family for shiva this past week mourning the loss of their matriarch Joan Raab.


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