Friday, March 2
- 06:50 am – Shacharit
- 05:15 pm – Mincha
- 05:17 pm – Candle lighting
Saturday, March 3
- 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:06 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
- 10:15 am – Reading of Parshat Zachor
- 10:30 am – Jr. Congregation
- 11:15 am – Kiddush, followed by a second reading of Parshat Zachor
- 04:00 pm – Men’s class
- 04:50 pm – Mincha and Se’udah Shlishit
- 06:15 pm – Ma’ariv
- 06:27 pm – Shabbat Ends
March 4 – 9
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday
- 06:50 am – Tuesday, and Friday
- 05:25 pm – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
- 05:55 pm – Sunday – Tuesday
Schedule for Fast of Esther and Purim
Wednesday, March 7
- 04:57 am – Fast begins
- 06:40 am – Shacharit
- 05:15 pm – Mincha
- 06:10 pm – Ma’ariv
- 06:24 pm – Fast ends
Please refrain from eating until after the Megillah reading
- 06:25 pm – Megillah Reading
- 07:10 pm – Break-Fast
- 08:00 pm – 2nd Megillah Reading
Thursday, March 8
- 08:00 am – Shacharit
- 08:45 am – Megillah Reading
- 09:45 am – Breakfast- Hamantashen and coffee
Everyone is invited for a l’chaim at the Rabbi’s home, 265 Fellsway East, from 10:00- 11:30 am
- 10:15 am – 2nd Megillah Reading
- 03:45 pm – 3rd Megillah Reading
- 04:40 pm – Mincha
- 05:00 pm – Latest time to turn in checks, cash, and pledges for matanot la’evyonim
- 05:00 pm – Purim Se’udah
- 07:30 pm – Ma’ariv
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Weekly Words of Torah
Insights into Parshat Tetzaveh by our weekday gabbai, Josh Vogel.
Finding meaning in the next few parshiot can be difficult. We are given extreme detail on the construction of the mishkan (tabernacle), as well as the tailoring of the vestments for the Kohanim (priests). While it is important to be familiar with these areas in hope that they will one day be relevant, with a little bit of insight many practical lessons for our daily lives can be learned from the details.
Of the more overlooked parts of the Kohen Gadol’s (the high priest’s) vestments are the Mishbetzot (settings) and Sharsherot (chains). There are two questions that can be raised about the two pesukim (verses) we have that tell us about these items:
- It is clear from the pesukim (Shemot 28:13-14 and 24) that the commandment to make the settings and chains are not given at the same time as we are introduced to them; they are merely mentioned as a bridge to introduce what the chains are meant to hold – the Choshen HaMishpat, breastplate of judgement (based on Rashi). What is the purpose of telling us about them only to command us to make them later?
- The way in which these items are spelled is intriguing. In order to perform the function they are intended for, there needs to be two of each of these items. However, when inspecting the text, they are spelled as if they are singular (although when we read the Torah, they are read in the plural form). Is there a message behind the way these items are spelled?
These two questions can be answered using a famous Jewish concept, namely “Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh La’Zeh”, all of the Jewish nation is intertwined (Sifra Bechukotai 7:5). With this in mind it is easy to answer both questions. Beginning with the second question, the settings, and specifically the chains, are mentioned in the singular because, like any chain, and even more so its setting, it is only as strong as its weakest link. While the links are together they form one long chain with a strong, singular foundation (Hashem), hence the hint towards this in the way they are spelled. “One” chain for the entire nation and “one” setting for our One G-d.
Two chains are necessary in the vestments of the Kohen Gadol in order to complete the Kohen Gadol’s outfit (he is not considered properly dressed if even one part is missing). With this in mind, the first question is answered. Without the chains, the entire ensemble can not be held together. Furthermore, the chains described here serve a very important purpose. They connect the Ephod (Apron) to the Choshen Mishpat on which all of the names of the tribes of Israel were written. Not only do the chains symbolize our nation’s interconnectedness, but they symbolically connect to Bnei Yisrael and help the Kohen Gadol focus on his mission of leading the nation along its spiritual path. For these reasons, it is no surprise that such an important and integral part of the clothing receives its own introduction.