Shabbat Bulletin

Shabbat Pesaḥ – Day 1

by Lynn Crocker on April 18, 2019

Shabbat Pesaḥ – Day 1 15 Nissan, 5779/April 20, 2019Exodus 12:21 – 12:51Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 385Maftir: Numbers 28:16-25, page 931Haftarah: Joshua 3:5-7; 5:2 – 6:1; 6:27, page 1299 (12:21-28) Moses and Aaron transmit the Passover commandments to the people. (12:29-36) The first-born of Egypt all die, and the Egyptians capitulate. The Israelites prepare to leave.(12:37-42) The Exodus from Egypt(12:43-51)... Read more »

Parasha Metsora – Shabbat HaGadol

by Lynn Crocker on April 9, 2019

Parasha Metsora – Shabbat HaGadol 8 Nissan 5779 / April 13, 2019(Metsora) Triennial Cycle III: Lev. 14:33-15:33Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 663Haftarah: Malakhi 3:4-24; repeat verse 23, page 1296 (14:33-53) The law of tzara’at on a house(14:53-57) A summary of chapters 13-14(15:1-33) This chapter describes the rules governing discharges of various bodily fluids and their effect on the ritual purity of the... Read more »

Parashat Tazria/Shabbat Ha-Ḥodesh/Rosh Ḥodesh

by Lynn Crocker on April 4, 2019

Parashat Tazria/Shabbat Ha-Ḥodesh/Rosh Ḥodesh 1 Nissan 5779 / April 6, 2019(Tazria) Triennial Cycle III: Lev. 12:1-13:28; Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 649(Rosh Ḥodesh) Numbers 28:9-15, page 930(Shabbat HaḤodesh) Exodus 12:1-20, page 380Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18 (13:29-39) Laws regarding tzara’at [skin disease, sometimes (inaccurately) translated as “leprosy”]. If judged by the priest to have this affliction, the person had to be declared unclean and... Read more »

Parashat Shemini

by Lynn Crocker on March 28, 2019

Parashat Shemini/Shabbat Parah 23 Adar II, 5779 / March 30, 2019Triennial Cycle III: Lev. 11:1-47Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 636; Maftir: Numbers 19:1-22; p. 880Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38, p. 1287 1. (1:1-12) The signs of kashrut for land animals, and sea creatures.2. (11:13-23) A list of forbidden birds. Forbidden and permitted insects.3. (11:24-47) A list of animals whose carcasses can cause ritual defilement, and the laws... Read more »

Parashat Tzav

by Lynn Crocker on March 21, 2019

Parashat Tzav 16 Adar II, 5779 / March 23, 2019 Triennial Cycle III: Leviticus 8:1-36Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 621Haftarah: Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23, page 627 (8:1-36) The ceremony installing Aaron and his sons as priests, and the ritual of initiation into their new holy vocation. View Print Bulletin Saturday, March 23Approachable Torah with Rabbi Berkowitz10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23Tot Shabbat11:00 a.m.... Read more »

Parashat Va-yikra / Shabbat Zakhor

by Lynn Crocker on March 14, 2019

Parashat Va-yikra / Shabbat Zakhor 9 Adar II, 5779 / March 16, 2019Triennial Cycle III: Leviticus 4:27-5:26Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 599Maftir: Deuteronomy 25:17-19, page 1135Haftarah: 1 Samuel 15:2-34, page 1281 (4:27-35) Sin-offerings for the individual. A sin-offering was given for sins committed accidentally or unknowingly. (5:1-26) Asham. The guilt-offering. A guilt-offering was given when one was uncertain whether one had offended,... Read more »

Parashat P’kudei

by Lynn Crocker on March 7, 2019

Parashat P’kudei 2 Adar II, 5779 / March 9, 2019Triennial Cycle III: Exodus 39:22-40:38; Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 567Haftarah: 1 Kings 7:51-8:21, page 574 View Print Bulletin Today we will complete the triennial cycle of reading the Book of Exodus. We will rise and chant: Hazak hazak v’nithazek—Be strong, be strong and let us be strengthened. 1.     (39:22-31) A description of... Read more »

Parashat Vayakhel – Shabbat Shekalim

by Lynn Crocker on February 28, 2019

Parashat Vayakhel – Shabbat Shekalim View Print Bulletin 25 Adar I, 5779 / March 2, 2019Triennial Cycle III: Exodus 35:1-36:19; Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 552Maftir: Exodus 30:11-16 p. 523Haftarah: 2 Kings 12:1-17, page 1277 (35:1-5) An additional warning about observing the Shabbat.(35:4-20) God instructs Moses to collect all the contributions and get ready to build the Mishkan (Tabernacle).(35:21-29) The people of... Read more »

Parashat Ki Tissa

by Lynn Crocker on February 21, 2019

Parashat Ki Tissa View Print Bulletin 18 Adar I, 5779/ February 23, 2019Triennial Cycle III: Exodus 33:12-34:35Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 538Haftarah: 1 Kings 18:1-39 pg 547 1.  (33:12-23) Moses pleads to be able to see God, but that request is denied, for a “human may not see Me and live”. God does promise that Moses will be able to see His... Read more »

Parashat T’tzaveh

by Lynn Crocker on February 14, 2019

Parashat T’tzaveh 11 Adar I, 5779 / February 16, 2019Triennial Cycle III: Exodus 29:19-30:10Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 513Haftarah: Ezekiel 43:10-27 (29:19-37) Instructions for the consecration of Aaron and his sons during their seven days of inauguration.  (29:38-46) Instructions concerning the Tamid, or daily sacrifice.(30:1-10) Instructions concerning the fabrication of the incense altar, and its special function. View Print Bulletin UPCOMING Saturday,... Read more »

Parashat Terumah 2-9

by Lynn Crocker on February 7, 2019

Parashat Terumah  4 Adar I, 5779/ February 9, 2019 Triennial Cycle III: Exodus 26:31-27:19Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 495Haftarah: 1 Kings 5:26-6:13, page 500 (26:31-35) The curtain dividing the Tabernacle and screening the Holy of Holies.(26:36-37) The screen for the entrance.(27:1-8) The altar.(27:9-19) The courtyard of the tabernacle. View Print Bulletin UPCOMING Friday, February 8Kabbalat (Welcoming) Shabbat & Young Families Dinner5:30 – 8:00... Read more »

Parashat Mishpatim 2/2

by Lynn Crocker on January 31, 2019

Parashat Mishpatim 27 Shevat, 5779 /February 2, 2019Triennial Cycle III: Exodus 23:20-24:18Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 474Haftarah: 2 Kings 11:17-12:17, page 1276Jeremiah 34: 8-22, 33:25-26 (23:20-33) An epilogue exhorting the Israelites to follow God’s law, emphasizing the rewards they will receive if they do so.(24:1-18) The covenant is ratified through a formal ceremony of acceptance. Moses and the elders eat a meal... Read more »

Parashat Yitro 1/26

by Lynn Crocker on January 24, 2019

Parashat Yitro 20 Shevat, 5779 / January 26, 2019 Triennial Cycle III: Exodus 18:1-20:23Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 432Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-13; 7:1-6; 9:5-6, page 451 View Print BulletinDownload (18:1-12) Jethro comes to visit his son-in-law Moses, bringing Zipporah, Moses’ wife and his two sons. He rejoices at the rescue of the Israelites and acknowledges the greatness of God.(18:12-27) Jethro advises Moses to... Read more »

Parashat Beshallaḥ / Shabbat Shirah

by Lynn Crocker on January 22, 2019

Parashat Beshallaḥ / Shabbat Shirah 13 Shevat, 5779 / January 19, 2019 Triennial Cycle III: Exodus 14:26-17:16Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 405Haftarah:  Judges 5:1-31, page 423 View Print Bulletin (14:26-31) At God’s command, Moses stretches his hand forth over the Red Sea, its waters close up again, and the pursuing Egyptians are drowned. (15:1-21) The Song by the Sea, sung to God... Read more »

Parashat Va-era

by Lynn Crocker on January 10, 2019

View Print bulletin Parashat Bo 6 Shevat, 5779 / January 12, 2019 Triennial Cycle III: Exodus 12:29-13:16 Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 387 Haftarah:  Jeremiah 46:13-28, page 395 (8:16-28) The Fourth Plague: Beasts.(9:1-7) The Fifth Plague: a disease affecting all the livestock of Egypt, but sparing the Israelites’ animals.(9:8-15) The Sixth Plague: Boils on man and beast.(9:16-21) Moses confronts Pharaoh and renews... Read more »

Parashat Va-era

by Lynn Crocker on January 3, 2019

View Print Bulletin Parashat Va-era 28 Tevet, 5779 / January 5,  2019 Triennial Cycle III: Exodus 8:16-9:35 Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 362 Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 (8:16-28) The Fourth Plague: Beasts. (9:1-7) The Fifth Plague: a disease affecting all the livestock of Egypt, but sparing the Israelites’ animals. (9:8-15) The Sixth Plague: Boils on man and beast. (9:16-21) Moses confronts Pharaoh... Read more »

Parashat Shemot

by Lynn Crocker on December 27, 2018

View Print Bulletin Parashat Shemot 23 Tevet, 5779 / December 29, 2018 Triennial Cycle III: Exodus 4:18-6:1 Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 335 Haftarah:  Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23, page 342 (4:18-23) Further instructions from God to Moses. (4:24-26)A peculiar incident during the journey to Egypt: Zipporah, Moses’ wife, circumcises their son to ward off danger to Moses. (4:27-31) God sends Aaron to... Read more »

Shabbat Bulletin

by Lynn Crocker on December 20, 2018

View Print bulletin Parashat Va-y’ḥi 14 Tevet, 5779 / December 22, 2018 Triennial Cycle III: Genesis 49:27-50:26 Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 305 Haftarah:  1 Kings 2:1-12, page 312 ( 50:15-17) When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrong that we... Read more »

Shabbat Bulletin

by Lynn Crocker on December 13, 2018

View Print Bulletin Parashat Vayigash 7 Tevet, 5779/December 15, 2018 Triennial Cycle III: Genesis 46:28-47:27 Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 283 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15-28, page 290 (46:28-30) Joseph and Jacob have a tearful reunion. (46:30-47:10) Joseph appeals to Pharaoh to allow his family to settle in the region of Goshen. Pharaoh agrees. Jacob is presented to Pharaoh. (47:11-27) Joseph’s policies of... Read more »

Parashat Mikketz/Shabbat Ḥanukkah/RoshḤodesh  

by Lynn Crocker on December 5, 2018

View Print Bulletin Parashat Mikketz/Shabbat Ḥanukkah/RoshḤodesh   30 Kislev, 5779 / December 8, 2018 Triennial Cycle III: Genesis 43:16-44:17 Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 265 Shevi’i: Numbers 28:9-15, page 930. Maftir: Numbers 7:48-53, page 809 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7, page 1269 (43:16-34) For a second time Joseph receives his brothers with great honor and arranges a feast for them. (44:1-17) Joseph tests his... Read more »

Parashat Va-Yeishev

by Lynn Crocker on November 29, 2018

View Print Bulletin Parashat Va-Yeishev 23 Kislev, 5779 / December 1, 2018 Triennial Cycle III: Genesis 39:1-40:23 Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 238 Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8, page 247 (39:1-6) Joseph’s experiences in Egypt at Potiphar’s house. (39:7-19) Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce Joseph. He refuses, so she accuses him of attempted rape. (39:20-23) Joseph is imprisoned, but once again rises to... Read more »

Parashat Vayishlaḥ

by Lynn Crocker on November 22, 2018

View Print Bulletin Parashat Vayishlaḥ 16 Kislev, 5779 / November 24, 2018 Triennial Cycle III: Genesis 35:16-36:43 Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 214 Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1-21, page 221 (35:16-20) Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin and is buried on the road to Bethlehem. (35:22) Reuben’s sin. (35:22-26) A review of the sons of Jacob. (35:27-29) Isaac dies and is buried in... Read more »

Parashat Vayetzei

by Lynn Crocker on November 15, 2018

View Print Bulletin Candle lighting Friday, November 16, 4:38 p.m. SERVICES Friday Evening 6:30pm Shabbat Morning 9:30am  Parashat Vayetzei 9 Kislev, 5779/November 17, 2018 Triennial Cycle III: Genesis 31:17-32:3 Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 181 Haftarah: Hosea 12:13-14:10, page 188 (31:17-21) Without telling Laban, Jacob gathers his herds and flocks and leaves. Rachel takes Laban’s teraphim (household idols). (31:22-32:3) Laban pursues... Read more »

Parshat Toldot

by Lynn Crocker on November 14, 2018

View Print Bulletin Candle lighting Friday, November 9, 4:44 p.m. SERVICES Friday Evening 6:30pm Shabbat Morning 9:30am  Parshat Toldot 2 Kislev, 5779/November 10, 2018 Triennial Cycle III: Genesis 27:28-28:9 Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 157 Haftarah, Malachi 1:1-2:7, page 162 (27:28-45) Isaac blesses Jacob. Esau returns home and discovers Jacob’s deception. Esau weeps and pleads for a blessing from Isaac, who... Read more »

Parshat Ḥayei Sarah

by Lynn Crocker on November 1, 2018

View Print Bulletin Candle lighting Friday, November 2  5:50 p.m. SERVICES Friday Evening 6:30pm Shabbat Morning 9:30am  Parshat Ḥayei Sarah 25 Ḥeshvan, 5779 / November 3, 2018 Triennial Cycle III: Genesis 24:53-25:18 Ḥumash Etz Ḥayim, page 137 Haftarah: 1 Kings 1:1-31, page 142 (24:53-67) Rebecca consents to go with Eliezer, and is given a farewell blessing by her family. Rebecca... Read more »