March 13, 2015
Weekly Newsletter
Max Richardson Exhibition Closing featuring a Wine Tasting with Shiloh Wines   6:30 - 9pm
Candle lighting   6:42pm
Morning services   9am
Nancy Aaronson and Perry Parker, and Rosy Klein and Ben Goldschlager, are co-sponsoring this Shabbat's kiddush, in honor of Rosy's birthday, and in celebration of Perry embarking on a new career as a residential real estate broker.
Shabbat ends   7:45pm
Teen Post Purim Party  7-9pm
Men's Basketball   7-9pm
Hebrew School
Tuesday/Adult Education
Tanach/Joel   6pm
Siddur/Jewish Prayer   6:45pm
This week we have a double portion which concludes the Book of Exodus, but also completes the construction of the tabernacle (Mishkan). Additionally it is known as Parshat Parah for the reading of the Red Heifer done that morning. The additional reading is done at this time of year as a vestigial reminder to prepare oneself in time for the Passover sacrifice. In other words, since a person could not consume the sacrifice in a state of impurity, it was essential to be sprinkled with the water made from the ashes of the red heifer at least 8 days before the holiday.
The connection to the weekly portion could be the fact that both the tabernacle and the ritual of the red heifer were instituted as remedies for the flaw in the people that led to the sin of the Golden Calf, about which we read last week. And a connection to modern times, as none of this is practiced today, could be the importance of preparation. There is no other event in the Jewish calendar that requires more preparation than Passover. Whether it is the cleaning or cooking or purchasing, it is a process that should normally take many days.
The reality is, however, with hotels and caterers and cleaning services, this becomes a very different experience in the 21st century. Still and all, we should take a cue from this week's special reading that Passover isn't the kind of occasion upon which we just show up. The more we put in the more we'll receive!

Rabbi Jonathan Glass

Tribeca Synagogue notes the passing of its great architect, William N. Breger, this past February at the age of 92. Mr. Breger took a constant interest in the building throughout the decades and was a friend and consultant in numerous ways. He left the synagogue a large bequest and the plaza has been named in his honored memory.
A prominent article has been published in the New York Times which can be found on line at and will be in print in tomorrow's edition.
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