Hamevasser – Parashat Tazria – Shabbat HaHodesh, Rosh Hodesh Nissan

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Kabalat Shabbat

Candle lighting- 18:41/ 6:41pm – Please note that we are on DST now !!
Mincha and Kabalat Shabbat- 18:50/ 6:50pm
Shacharit services- 8:45 am


Events in our congregation

Bat Mitzvah

This coming Shabbat we have no bar / bat Mitzvah, but we are pleased to welcome Ella Blinder, who celebrated her bat mitzvah last year. She will re-read her haftara this coming shabbat.


Communal Kabalat Shabbat



Wanted – Kiddushim

Not every Shabbat do we have a celebration – a Bar-Mitzvah or Shabbat Hatan. We are looking for members who want to volunteer a Kiddush: to mark a personal celebration, to mark a jahrzeit – or just for the fun of it!!

Please contact Rav Barry to coordinate the Kiddush.

Wanted!- Haftorah readers

We are looking for men and women who want the honor of reading a haftarah when there is no bar mitzvah.
Contact Rav Barry or Yiftah to choose a date. They will be happy help you to prepare.


Bnei Mitzvah Calendar

April 13 – Parashat Metzora (Shabbat haGadol) – Daniel Ben Or

April 22 – Hol haMo’ed Pessah – Yarden Lazar

April 27 – Parashat Aharey Mot – Tamar Nitzan


Adult Education

Woman’s Voice Series – Join us to learn modern midrashim from the book Dirshuni – Women interpretation of the Jewish sacred texts. Every Monday at 7:00pm



Mother of Elon Goitein (Monday, Apr 8)

Mother of Pnina Manor (Tuesday, Apr 9)

Father of Yehuda Tamir (Tuesday, Apr 9)

Mother of Shmuel Siegal (Thursday, Apr 11)



Members who want to recite Kaddish on the actual date of the Yahrzeit are invited to contact Rav Barry so that he can arrange a minyan.


A few words from Rabbi Barry

Erev Shabbat Parashat Tazria – Shabbat haHodesh, Rosh Hodesh Nissan

Rav Yisrael Salanter explained why the Parshat Tazria follows Shemini:

He Lamented that the same people who are meticulous about the laws of kashrut and will go to great lengths to make sure they will not consume even the smallest insect don’t have any problem speaking “lashon harah”- “eating people alive” through libelous and defamatory speech.

Rabbi Salanter taught that there is a “kosher” way to eat and a “kosher” way to speak.

From Rabbi Isaac Klein’s , Guide to Jewish Religious Practice, page 108- The Shabbat before the month of Nisan is “Shabbat Hachodesh.” Two Torah scrolls are used: from the 1st we will read Parshat Tazria and from the 2nd , we read from Shmot (Exodus) 12:1-20. The Haftara is from the Book of Ezekiel (45:16-46:18) which contains a description of the sacrifices to be brought on the 1st of Nisan, Pesach, and other festivals in the future Beit HaMikdash (Temple). This Shabbat celebrates the arrival of “Aviv” – spring (well, at least in Israel), during which the liberation of Israel took place.

The Maftir-reading from the 2nd Sefer Torah says: “God spoke to Moshe and to Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying: This month is the first of your months, it is the first of the months of your year…”. We count the months of the year from Nisan- the first month. For example, we celebrate Rosh Hashana on the 1st Day of the 7th month (from Nisan) which is Tishrei. This was an appropriate commandment for a people who have just been freed from slavery. The Israelites were commanded to be masters of their own time.

A Few words about the Month of Nisan

Shmot, 12:1-2 “God said to Moshe and Aharon in the Land of Egypt,This month [Nisan] shall be for you the beginning of the months; it shall be for you the first of the months of the year”

Nisan is also known as Rosh Chodoshim, or HaChodesh HaRishon,the First Month and Chodesh HaAviv, – The Spring-time Month.

The sign of Nisan is the kid, the young goat, which the Israelites were commanded to sacrifice as the Pesach sacrifice.

Nachmanides, Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman, 13th C. Spain/Israel explains: …. this month should be counted first. And beginning with it, should the count proceed to the second, the third, and so on, till the end of the sequence of months with the twelfth month [Adar]. For the purpose that this month should be a commemoration of the Great Miracle [the exodus from Egypt]. For every time we mention the months, the miracle will be alluded to. It is for that reason that the months do not have names in the Torah, but rather they are identified by number…

Birkat Ha’ilanot

Birkat Ha’ilanot  ( blessing on the trees), is one of the “Birkot HaRei’a”- the category of the blessings we recite on seeing marvelous things eg:, the ocean, lightening, or a rainbow.

In Bavli, Berakhot, 33 b it is written:

Rav Yehuda said: One who goes out during Nisan and sees trees that are blossoming recites: Blessed…who has withheld nothing from His world, and has created in it beautiful creatures and trees for human beings to enjoy.

This is codified in the Mishne Torah of the Rambam- Laws of Blessings 10:13

On seeing creatures that are beautiful or exceptionally well formed or goodly trees, one says “Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe Who hast such as these in the world.” If one goes out into the fields or gardens during Nisan (i.e. in the Spring) and sees the trees in bud and the flowers in bloom, he says, “Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who hast made Thy world lacking in nought, and hast produced therein goodly creatures and good and beautiful trees wherewith to delight the children of men”.

The Bracha is found in our V’ani Tefilati Siddur, page 227.

Don’t forget to sell your Chametz before Erev Pesach!

Download Torat Hayim form for the sale of Chametz


Song of the week:

Simcha Raba- Dudu Elharar

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