Congregation B'nai Sholom-Beth David

An Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue Serving Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Oceanside, and the Surrounding Communities

100 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Phone: (516) 764-4100 | Email: cbsbdoffice@gmail.com

Weekly Shabbat Reminder: April 28

 

This Friday’s candle lighting will take place at 
7:30PM
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Friday evening services will take place in the chapel
at 6:30PM & 8:PM
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Shabbos services will take place Saturday morning, in the main sanctuary
at 
9:00AM
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Weekly Parsha
Tazria-Metzora
Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33
The Parshahs of Tazria and Metzora continue the discussion of the laws of tumah v’taharah, ritual impurity and purity.  A woman giving birth should undergo a process of purification, which includes immersing in a mikvah (a naturally gathered pool of water) and bringing offerings to the Holy Temple. All male infants are to be circumcised on the eighth day of life.  Tzaraat (often mistranslated as “leprosy”) is a supra-natural plague, which can afflict people as well as garments or homes. If white or pink patches appear on a person’s skin (dark pink or dark green in garments or homes), a kohen is summoned. Judging by various signs, such as an increase in size of the afflicted area after a seven-day quarantine,  the kohen pronounces it tamei (impure) or tahor (pure).  A person afflicted with tzaraat must dwell alone outside of the camp (or city) until he is healed. The afflicted area in a garment or home must be removed; if the tzaraat recurs, the entire garment or home must be destroyed.  When the metzora (“leper”) heals, he or she is purified by the kohen with a special procedure involving two birds, spring water in an earthen vessel, a piece of cedar wood, a scarlet thread and a bundle of hyssop.  Ritual impurity is also engendered through a seminal or other discharge in a man, and menstruation or other discharge of blood in a woman, necessitating purification through immersion in a mikvah.

Haftorah
II Kings 7:3 – 20 
This week’s haftorah discusses the story of four men stricken by tzara’at, a skin ailment caused by sins — one of the main topics of this week’s Torahreading.

Haftorah’s backdrop: King Ben-Hadad of Aram besieged Samaria (the Northern Kingdom of Israel). The resulting famine was catastrophic, reducing many to cannibalism. King Jehoram of Israel wanted to execute the prophet Elisha, considering that his prayers could have prevented the entire tragedy. Elisha reassured the king: “So has G-d said, ‘At this time tomorrow, a seah of fine flour will sell for [merely] a shekel, and two seahs of barley will sell for a shekel in the gate of Samaria.'” One of the king’s officers present scoffed at the prophecy: “Behold, if G-d makes windows in the sky, will this thing come about?” Elisha responded, “Behold, you will see with your own eyes, but you shall not eat there from.”  Now, four men suffering from tzara’at dwelled in quarantine outside the city. They too were hungry, victims of the famine. They decided to approach the enemy camp to beg for food. They arrived only to find a deserted camp. For “G-d had caused the Aramean camp to hear the sound of chariots and the sound of horses, the sound of a great army. And they said to one another, ‘Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us.'” The entire enemy army fled, leaving behind their tents, horses, donkeys and provisions.  The four men went to the city and reported their findings to the gatekeepers who, in turn, informed King Jehoram. Though originally thinking that this was an ambush planned by the enemy, the king sent messengers who confirmed the miracle. The people swarmed out of the city and looted the enemy camp, thus breaking the famine and fulfilling Elisha’s prophecy.
And the officer? The king placed him in charge of the city gates. He was trampled to death by the rampaging crowds — after seeing the fulfillment of the prophet’s words…
The Haftorah will be chanted by
Ira Salwen

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Mincha, Ma’ariv & Havdalah services will take place Saturday evening, in the sanctuary,
at 
7:00PM

as
Dennis Kavanaugh
is called to the Torah on the occasion of his
Bar Mitzvah

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For the upcoming week of Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Friday, May 5, 2016 corresponding to 3 Ayar – 9 Ayar, the following Yahrzeits will be observed:
Bessie Aron Franklin, Edith Blonick, Muriel Schwadron, Dr. Peter G. King, Rose Aronoff, Daniel Barry, Ruth Shiff, Rose Gold, Anne Kaplan,
Ida JeanetteLevy, Anna Spindel, Sigmund Fishler, Ruth Sacks,
Gilda Diamond, Herbert L. Schwartzkopf, Freda Abrams, Sheila Kratenstein, Minnie Rein, Ethel R. Maltzky, Rose Abrams, Minnie Strumwasser,
Anna Holtzer, Mollie Greenberger, Carol Regan, Frank Homelsky,
Samuel Keller, Jerome Horowitz & Harry Cherlov

 

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All sponsorships and donations to the Kiddush Fund are greatly appreciated.
Please do not wait until the next Simcha Shabbat to donate.

Thank you.
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Good Shabbos
יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ