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Weekly Message 03.05.2021 Parashat Ki Tisa

Parashat Ki Tisa "when you take" Exodus 30:11-34:35, Numbers 19:1-22

HafTorah Ezekiel 36:15-36

Dear friends,

As we approach the festival of Passover, we are about to experience another of the special Shabbatot that precede it--Shabbat Parah.

On this Shabbat, we read about the sacrifice of the red heifer (the parah adumah) meant to purify the children of Israel so that they would be ready ("pure") to sacrifice the Korban Pesach. Although this sacrifice is not practiced in a literal sense today, it is symbolized on our seder plate.

In addition to the special reading regarding the parah adumah, we also chant a special Haftorah from the prophet Ezekiel on the same theme of Shabbat Parah. Our weekly reading is also a particularly dramatic and meaningful one. In the Torah portion, Ki Tisa, Moses returns with the tablet containing the Ten Commandments only to find the community worshipping an idol made of gold, the Golden Calf. He breaks the tablet, but again pleads for this people, leaves to be with God again and returns with a new tablet and new resolve to rebuild the trust, holiness, and righteousness int he community.

It is in that context that we begin our preparations for Passover. By now, you have received the "save the date" invitation to join together virtually on Zoom on Saturday evening March 27th at 5:30 pm to read the first half of the Passover Haggadah and be together for the first seder albeit not in person. We fully expect our prayers for the pandemic to end soon to be answered and that next year we will celebrate Passover with our communal seder and all other holidays at the synagogue.

In the meantime, please join us on Zoom for Shabbat services tonight at 7:30 pm and tomorrow morning at 9:30 am.

Shabbat Shalom,

Ron Becker

Spiritual leader



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Ronald L. Becker

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