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Weekly Message 03.11.2022 Parashat Vayikra

Parashat Vayikra - (and He called) Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26

2nd Torah - Zachor Deuteronomy 25:17-19

HafTorah - Samuel I 15:1-34

Dear friends,

On behalf of the "birthday girl" and her family, I would like to thank all those who attended the birthday celebration for Mary Gaines at the former Atria at Windsor Woods which is now Vitality Living Hudson and apologize to those who went astray trying to locate it under the former name. Mary looked great and very much appreciated our celebrating her 104th with her! Special thanks to Aileen for providing the cake, Lauri for providing the canine companion, and Barbara and Eileen for Zooming the party out for those who couldn't attend in-person. Check out next month's Schrier for some photographic documentation.

This Shabbat, we kick off the spring holiday season with the observance of Shabbat Zachor, the Shabbat of Remembrance. We will read the portion of Deuteronomy that reminds us to always remember Amalek who with the Amalekites. attacked us from the rear shortly after crossing the Sea of Reeds, thereby mostly affecting the weakest (elderly and children) among us. We are then reminded once again in this Shabbat's special Haftorah from the Book of Samuel who chides King Saul for not obliterating the Amalekites when given the commandment and the opportunity to do so. On Wednesday evening, we will read about another evil character (Hamen whose name we try to obliterate by making noise whenever we hear it spoken or chanted). These readings always occur on the Shabbat immediately preceding Purim. Our Holocaust Torah is rolled to this very spot and reminds us again that evil must be blotted out whenever and wherever it occurs. The world has seen many Amaleks and Hamens over the years and currently suffering the unthinkable cruelties of our modern-day Amalek--Vladimir Putin. This is also the second of four Shabbatot that help us prepare for Passover. We will also read the first portion of the Book of Leviticus which over the next couple months will delineate the sacrifices and mitzvot commanded upon the Hebrew nation during the early years in the wilderness.

Please join us in-person or virtually on zoom in order to ensure a minyan tonight at 7:30 pm and tomorrow morning at 9:30 am and observe this special Shabbat Zachor together as a congregational family.

Our Purim festivities kick off on Wednesday evening at 6 pm with a social hour and an opportunity to add some Hamentashen, ice cream, and other goodies to our diets and then at 7 pm for the reading of the Book of Esther, the Megillah with parts in Hebrew and in English. If you are planning to join in remotely on zoom, please pick up copies of the Megillah at services this Shabbat or from Marie in the office on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday before 1 pm. If you can't make it to the office, please call Marie right away at 727-847-3814 so that she can quickly mail you a copy. This way, we will all be reading the same translations---the Hebrew is the same of course. Whether in-person or on zoom, be prepared to make lots of noise and of course, feel free to come in costume!

Looking forward to spending time with you as we embark on this joyous season, Ron

Ron Becker,

Spiritual Leader



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