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Rabbi's Message

April 12, 2024
4 Nisan 5784
Parashat Tazria
Leviticus 12:1 - 13:59

Dear Friends,

Passover is a little more than ten days away and I am obsessed. Being obsessed around this time of year is nothing new for me. My family has many jokes about how Passover is my favorite holiday and how it turns me into a madwoman as preparations happen.

But this year is different. This year it is not about the physical preparations, it is about the spiritual ones. Over the last number of years, the brokenness of the world has been made more visible by media; since October 7th there is a realization that much that was taken for granted as being a certain way can never be restored to what was there before. My prayer is that we find a way to bring things to a better place with more love and kindness and caring in the world. How will we tell our story this year? What parts of the seder will jump out at us in new ways, provoking questions that had never occurred to us? And in the midst of that, how do we make it work for the youngest among us with both honesty and joy?



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Thursday, May 9

Oseh shalom bimromav, hu ya'aseh shalom aleinu ve'al kol Israel, ve'imru, Amen.
May the One who makes peace in the heavens, make peace for us all and all the people of Israel.


 Mitzvah of the Week

This week, we ask you to get your spare change together and donate it to the Art for AID 100 Tzedakah Box Challenge. The proceeds of the 100 Box Challenge will go to purchase fresh produce for those who need it. The annual Challenge has been now been going on for at least 8 years! (See picture below)


You can pick up a box from Rick or Robert at the Riverdale Y Sunday Market, and you can return your box full of change to them or to Shira. Email or for more information.

Sun, April 21 2024 13 Nisan 5784