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Nissan-Iyar 5775
A Taste of Simcha for the Last Days of Chag
BJ Logo Final 2 Announcements:

YIZKOR will be recited this Saturday on the 8th Day of Pesach during morning davening.

There will be a special BAAL SHEM TOV SEUDAH to end the Pesach Chag after the 7:15PM Mincha on Shabbat, April 11. Bring a Torah to share!

April 12 @ 3:00PM
Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration at Har Shalom, Potomac

April 14 @ 7:30PM
Beth Joshua Yom HaShoah Commemoration with Johanna Neumann
14504 Barkwood Dr

April 20 @ 7:30PM
Author Series with Rabbi Avi Weiss at DCJCC
"Open Up the Iron Door: Memoirs of a Soviet Jewry Activist Rabbi"
This event is co-sponsored by Beth Joshua, Beth Sholom, Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue, and Kesher Israel of Georgetown.

April 22 @ 7:00PM
Yom HaZikaron & Yom Haatzmaut Program at Berman

May 7 @ 5:30PM
Lag BaOmer Concert and Carnival at Berman
Today is the 5th Day of the Omer.
Rabbi Uri picture 2
A common greeting you will hear on Pesach is "Chag Kasher viSameach" - well wishes for, "A Happy and Kosher Pesach!" 

Of course, it feels odd at times for people to come up to you and wish you luck with having a kosher for Pesach week. As if maybe you didn't get your Pesach preparations quite right. Perhaps you didn't tinfoil enough inches of the kitchen, or you missed a crumb somewhere!

But putting that paranoia aside, the greeting is striking in light of the holiday of Purim that we just passed. If there is anytime where we should wish someone a more "Kasher" holiday, it is Purim, not Pesach. After all, with all that Mishloach Manot food arriving at your door on Purim from other people's homes, and the possible alcohol flowing at various people's feasts, there's a lot higher chance something could go askew when it comes to kashrut. In contrast, we are so diligent about Kashrut preparing for Pesach, there's so little left to worry about! Your cabinets are taped shut and you don't even have anything left in your kitchen by now except leftover romaine lettuce and charoset!

On Pesach, it feels like we should be more focused on the greeting that people give on Purim - Purim Sameach! With all the cleaning and cooking, the heavy digesting, the late Seder nights, etc... what we really need is people picking up our spirits with a pure and simple "simcha" greeting. Give me a Pesach Sameach!

Let's leave more of that "kasher" for Purim, and make sure we've got an ample dose of the "simcha" joy heading into the final days of Chag!

See you in shul!
Rabbi Uri
Don't forget to count the Omer!

Thursday, April 9
Remember to make an Eruv Tavshilin.
7:21PM Candle Lighting
7:25PM Mincha/Maariv

Friday, April 10
9:00AM Shacharit
Light Shabbat Candles before 7:25PM
7:25PM Mincha/Maariv

Saturday, April 11
9:00AM Shacharit (Shir HaShirim is read.)
10:30AM YIZKOR (approx.)
6:30PM Rabbi's Shiur
7:15PM Mincha followed by a Baal Shem Tov Seudah to let the yummy taste of Matzah linger...
8:23PM Shabbat/Yom Tov ends not before this time.

Please allow one hour after Pesach to access sold Chametz.

Sunday, April 12
8:15AM Shacharit
Beth Joshua Congregation of Aspen Hill
13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 ext.5560

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