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Weekly Message 04.01.2022 Parashat Tazria

Parashat Tazria (Child birth)- Leviticus 12:1 - 13:59

2nd Torah - Numbers 28:9 - 15

3rd Torah - Exodus 12:1 - 30

HafTorah - Ezekiel 45:18 -46:15, Isaiah 66:1, 66:23 & 24

Dear friends,

Welcome to the month of Nisan and Shabbat HaChodesh.

It is said that on the first day of Nisan, the commandment for sanctification of the new moon for the onset of Rosh Chodesh was presented. We celebrate the beginning of each new Hebrew month as a mini holiday as if signifies the new moon and thus new life. The moon then waxes and wanes growing until it reaches its peak as the "full moon" in the middle of the month and then diminishing back to disappearance to signify another Rosh Chodesh. This month, when the moon reaches its peak with the full moon in two weeks, we will celebrate Passover!

Clearly, Nisan is an incredibly busy month as we prepare for Passover, begin counting the Omer, and observe Yom HaShoah at month's end. Please take note of all of our upcoming activities:

Tonight, April 1st ---Services at 7:30 pm in-person and on Zoom which includes a special prayer for Rosh Chodesh

Tomorrow, April 2nd --- Services at 9:30 am in-person and on Zoom including Hallel prayers and readings from three Torahs, our regular weekly reading will be the portion of Tazria found in the Book of Vayikra (Leviticus) which delves into the treatment of disease, the second reading will be the one delineating the sacrifices for Rosh Chodesh found in the Book of Bamidbar (Numbers), an the third and final reading is the special one regarding the Passover sacrifice found in the Book of Shemot (Exodus)

Tomorrow, April 2nd --- weather permitting, all are welcome to join us at our home on the Cotee River immediately after services to watch the annual Chasco Fiesta boat parade. We'll make room in the driveway and provide sandwiches for lunch!

Sunday, April 3rd --- as Chris and I have Yahrzeit for our beloved son of blessed memory, we will have a short service at 9 am both in-person at the synagogue and on zoom. We would very much appreciate anyone who can attend as we need a minyan in order to recite the Kaddish in Nathan's memory. Please let me know if you can join in. For those coming in person, I am hosting breakfast at Panera's right afterward.

Friday/Saturday, April 8th and 9th is Shabbat HaGadol (the Great Sabbath) with services at 7:30 pm and 9:30 am respectively in-person and on Zoom.

Monday, April 11th --- a group of congregants will be volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries in Holiday between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Let me know if you would like to join us then or in the future as we will be volunteering to help feed those who need us regularly

Friday, April 15th --- Passover has arrived! Instead of holding our regular Friday evening service, we will be meeting at 6 pm on Zoom exclusively and reading the first part of the Pesach Haggadah together right up to the time for the festival meal. It will last approximately one hour so that we can all be eating at home by around 7 pm. We will be using the Maxwell House Haggadah vintage 1992. Most of the editions during the period are identical. If you need a Haggadah in order to follow along, please pick one up at Shabbat services or from Marie Abrams at the office (Monday-Thursday, 9 am til 1 pm) or if you are unable to come to the synagogue, please call Marie at 727-847-3814 so that she can mail you as many as you need. Hopefully, this is the last year that we hold our community Seder virtually and that next year, we will all be together again to celebrate this wonderful holiday.

Saturday, April 16th --- Services at 9:30 am iin-person and on Zoom including Hallel and other special prayers for Passover and the prayer for the dew (Morid HaTal) which replaces the prayer for rain and is chanted every day between this day and Shemini Atzeret in October.

Tuesday, April 19th --- We will be presented a proclamation from the Mayor of New Port Richey and City Council commemorating Yom HaShoah. This will take place at City Hall on Main Street, New Port Richey prior to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting at 7 pm. It will only last 5-10 minutes, and it would be great to have a large contingent of our community there. Please consider taking a few minutes and joining us. There will be a photograph commemorating the event taken after the proclamation is read by Mayor Marlowe.

Friday/Saturday, April 22nd and 23rd --- services for the last day of Passover at 7:30 pm and 9:30 am respectively in-person and on Zoom. Among other things, we will be reading excepts from Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) attributed to King Solomon and read at this time of the year.

Saturday evening, April 23rd --- Passover has ended and we will mark this occasion with the Annual Scholarship Dinner of the African American Club of Pasco County at the Seven Springs Golf and Country Club. We have supported this event for years and welcome its return after two years of hiatus due to the pandemic. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund which provides support for students of all races and nationalities, a great cause, and a delightful event. As you know, we have had close ties to the AAC and have supported each other in good times and not-so-good times. I will be speaking at the dinner and hope we can have a sizeable representation from the JCC. Please let me know if you would like to join us.

Nisan is certainly an important month at the JCC. I hope you can join us for many, if not all of the events above.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov!

Ron Becker,

Spiritual Leader



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