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Weekly Message 04.09.2021 Parashat Shemini

Parashat Shemini (Eighth), Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47

HafTorah II Samuel 6:1 - 19



Dear friends,


After a "different", yet nonetheless uplifting Passover celebration that we were privileged to share via Zoom with our congregational family, we now turn to a new week and new challenges.


I hope you found last evening's Holocaust Remembrance Program sponsored by the Metuchen-Edison Interfaith Clergy Association to be meaningful and inspirational and we thank them for sharing this program with us at the JCC.


As more and more of us are getting our covid vaccinations, we can start to see the "light at the end of the long tunnel". When we reach nearly 100% vaccination, we will set a date for reopening our Shabbat services and other activities for careful indoor gathering. In the meantime, please continue to "tune in" on Zoom tonight at 7:30 pm and tomorrow morning at 9 am for our Shabbat services. This week's Torah portion is Sh'mini from the book of Leviticus. We will discuss the major "action" part of the sedrah, i.e. the death of two of Aaron's sons and how it might be justified and relate to occurrences in our own lives. How does one explain something that cannot easily be explained? Much of the remainder of the portion spells out laws relating to Kashrut.


This Shabbat's Haftorah is once again from the second book of Samuel, another part of which we read on the last day of Passover. In this reading from the prophet, we witness King David's consolidation of the holy nation in the city of Jerusalem and the transport of the tabernacle to the new capitol city. It is connected to the Torah portion with the death of Uzzah who was struck down much as the sons of Aaron were.


After Shabbat ends, we have a very important week ahead of us. Sunday evening and all-day Monday and Tuesday, we celebrate Rosh Chodesh, the new month of Iyar. And on Wednesday, we observe Yom Hazikaron (Israel's Memorial Day) and the very next day (Thursday) we celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day). Unfortunately, we cannot gather in-person for these important events. Like with Yom HaShoah, we will search for an appropriate virtual event and get that information to you early next week.


Looking forward to seeing you zooming onto my screen tonight and tomorrow morning! Shabbat Shalom! Ron


Ron Becker

Spiritual Leader

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Friday:


JCC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Shabbat Service

Time: Apr 9, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4979030958?pwd=YXJPT2FGVTdzVVV2bVQ3c1ZnS1lMZz09


Meeting ID: 497 903 0958

Passcode: 5QdVaA

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Saturday:


JCC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Saturday Morning Service

Time: Apr 10, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4979030958?pwd=YXJPT2FGVTdzVVV2bVQ3c1ZnS1lMZz09


Meeting ID: 497 903 0958

Passcode: 5QdVaA

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