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Parshat Tazria-Metzorah

7:00PM Friday Davening

7:36PM Candle Lighting

9:00AM Shacharit 

6:45PM Rabbi's Shiur

7:30PM Shabbat Mincha

8:38PM Shabbat ends not before this time.

Sunday Shacharit 8:15AM

Tanya Tuesdays 8PM

at Rabbi Raskin's home


April 26 @ 2:00PM
Beneath the Helmet Film screening at Berman. 

April 26 @ 8:00PM
Kol Neshamah Women's Discussion Group at the home Jackie Krisch, 5004 Baltic Ave.

April 28 @ 7:00PM
Single Jewish Moms support group is having their fourth meeting at the Wheaton Library. 

May 3 @ 9:30AM
LimmudTorahMD invites you to a shiur at KMS with Rav Binny Freedman of Yeshivat Orayta on the topic, "What Makes a Leader?"

May 7 @ 5:30PM
Lag BaOmer Concert, BBQ, and Carnival at Berman with the Panorama Jazz Band and special 5PM Preschool Sports program.

May 13 @ 7:30PM
Aspen Hill Civic Association General Members Meeting
at Aspen Hill Library

May 15-16
Berman Upper School Shabbaton in Aspen Hill

May 17 @ 9:00AM
"Minyan on the Mayim" in honor of Yom Yerushalyim at Lake Needwood. Breakfast, games and hiking included. Co-sponsored with Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim.

May 17 @ 9:30AM
OU Legislative Breakfast
Silver Spring Center at Veterans Plaza

May 17 @ 12:00PM
Simchat Bat
for Talia Emunah Logan. Mazel Tov!
A Taste of Catch-Up for Shabbat
Rabbi Uri picture

Dear Friends,

This week we read the double Torah portion of Tazria-Metzorah, but in Israel they will read Acharei Mot-Kedoshim. We are a week behind and out of sync. Normally, the Torah reading is something that unites all Jews, wherever they are. But right now, I am feeling a bit disjointed!

This anomaly occurs occasionally, and is the result of the last day of a holiday in the Diaspora falling out on Shabbat. This year, the 8th day of Pesach was Shabbat and we read a special holiday Torah reading, while in Israel, since it was no longer Pesach, they read the regular Shabbat parsha. We will remain out-of-sync for a couple more weeks until we "catch up" on Parshat Behar-B'chukotai.

However, this disjointed feeling might serve us well, as it helps to highlight our relationship to Jews across the sea, and perhaps forces us to consider our connection to our family Israel all across the globe, wherever they may, and however they may be.

For example, this Shabbat, we should open ourselves to think about the intense emotions of the community in Gush Etzion in Israel who are mourning in shiva the loss of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein z”l. Many of us are mourning his death, but can we appreciate the unique pain of his own community?

We might also consider the Weinstein family here in Rockville, who is mourning the loss of a husband, father, and grandfather -- Warren Weinstein was accidentally killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan after being held captive by al-Qaeda for nearly 4 years. For long moments this Shabbat, let us pause to grieve with them too.

We can also reach out and sense the joy of a community in Venezuela, who are celebrating the last-place finish (emphasis on “finish”) of a local Jewish hero, Maickel Melamed, who ran the Boston Marathon despite his challenges with a medical condition similar to muscular dystrophy.

And of course, we should consider this Shabbat all the deep, personal feelings that have been pouring out of the hearts and souls of our brothers and sisters in Israel during a week in which they commemorated Yom HaZikaron and celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut. Ironically, even though the parshiot don’t align, this was an easier week than most to feel connected to Israel.

Perhaps it is good to be occasionally reminded that we are not always in sync with our Jewish family. But that should only inspire us to reach out and strive for a more connected Am Yisrael.

Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill! 

See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

P.S. Speaking of connecting to our family Israel, consider coming out this Sunday at 2pm for a powerful film screening of "Beneath the Helmet." Details below...

Your feedback is appreciated! RSVP to this email.

beneath the helmet film
Beth Joshua Congregation of Aspen Hill
13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 x5560

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