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Dear [first_name],

On Monday and Tuesday nights, we will be talking a lot about the Exodus from Egypt. After all, it’s Pesach, the Festival of our Liberation from Egyptian bondage.

But Pesach is not the only time that we talk about the Exodus. As Rabbi Elazar ben Azariah explains tell us in the Hagaddah, retelling the Exodus must be both a daily and nightly event. Indeed the reason that we recite the third chapter of the Shema - although it seems to have little to do with the first two chapters - is because of the mention of the Exodus that it contains. Our Rabbis knew that we would say Shema every morning and every night so added on the the third chapter - Vayomer - to ensure that we wouldn’t forget to mention the Exodus from Egypt.

But there’s another time that the mention of the Exodus is prominent too.

Every Shabbat and Yom Tov, when we make Kiddush, we recall the Exodus from Egypt with the words - zecher l'yetziat mitzraim.

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, arguably the greatest posek of our generation, posed a question: Mentioning the Exodus on Yom Tov makes sense. Every Yom Tov is in one way or another connected to the Exodus: Pesach, obviously so. Shavuot - when we received the Torah on Mt Sinai - took place 50 days after the Jews left Egypt. Succot - commemorates the Clouds of Glory that protected them on their journey through the wilderness after leaving Egypt. But what has the Exodus to do with Shabbat? Shabbat, the day in which G-d ceased the work of Creation, preceded the Exodus by 2,448 years!

Rabbi Feinstein explains: It is possible to believe - as many unfortunately do - that after G-d created the world and implanted in it the laws of nature, He left it to its own devices. Not dissimilar to the way that a watchmaker assembles a clock, and then leaves it to tick along on its own.

In other words, one can believe in G-d Who once created the world, while not believing that G-d concerns Himself, let alone interferes, with the world or its inhabitants after He has created it. And if that is the case, there is no point in praying to G-d. He simply doesn't care.

Until the Exodus, continues Rabbi Feinstein, one could be forgiven for thinking so. But In Egypt G-d demonstrated that He did care: He listened when the Israelites cried out to Him from the depths of their hearts and He responded by redeeming them from slavery.

Thus the Exodus was not merely an exit from Egypt. It was also an Exodus from the wrong-headed view that G-d has forsaken the world. To emphasise this, we mention the Exodus in Kiddush. It is a statement that the world that G-d created in six days, and rested from on the seventh, is of utmost concern to G-d. He cares about it, interferes with it when necessary, and most certainly listens to our prayers just as He listened to the prayers of our ancestors in Egypt.

Exodus was not a one-time miracle. G-d’s interest and involvement with the world was not limited to the Exodus. Anytime we cry out to G-d with sincerity G-d listens, cares and responds. It may not necessarily be in the form or manner that we are expecting, just as a parent does not always give her beloved child everything that the child wants.

And, just as in Egypt, we may not see his response right away. There’s a Yiddish saying: Der Eibishter is an ehrlicher ober nit alemol a pinklicher - which roughly translates as: G-d is punctiliously honest, but not always punctual! But respond He will.

You see the Creator of the Universe is so big that He has time to care and to love each and everyone of us, giving each of us exactly what we really need, when we need it. All G-d wants is for us to take the first step. Says G-d: “Open up for me a hole as small as the point of a needle and I will create for y ou an opening as huge as the massive entrance to the Temple.”

As we approach Pesach, may each and everyone of us find an opening in our hearts to let G-d into our lives, and may He in turn send salvation and bless each and everyone of us from His infinitely broad Hand.

With best wishes for a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Kasher v’Sameach - a Kosher and Happy Pesach for you and all your families.

On behalf of the Rebbetzen and all of us at South Head

Rabbi Benzion Milecki OAM


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This coming Shabbos is called Shabbos HaGadol. Wikipedia offers 7 different possible reasons for the special name, “HaGadol” (I am sure that there are many more); my favourite is the one attributed to the Tur: “The lamb was the Egyptian deity. Many Jews, after 210 years of immersion within Egyptian civilization, had also adopted this animal as their god. When God commanded that a lamb be set aside and tied to the bed for four days in anticipation of sacrifice, the Jewish people abandoned their idolatrous practice and courageously fulfilled this mitzvah in the eyes of the Egyptian people, thereby demonstrating their complete trust and faith in God. Nothing could have been more abominable to the Egyptians, for their god was to be slaughtered. Nevertheless, miraculously the Egyptians were unable to utter a word or lift a hand. They watched helplessly as their god was being prepared for slaughter. This miracle was a great miracle (nes gadol) and gives this Shabbat its name.” Read More


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Wishing you a Chag Sameach,

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Mr. Eliezer Shefer

This continued for over two hours. Although we were young and only beginning our communal work, we felt as though the Rebbe was setting us on a lifelong path of helping the Jewish people. He tried to explain these issues to us as a father would to his son and, indeed, we each set out on our own path with the Rebbe’s advice guiding us along the way. We left the room in the wee hours of the morning exhausted and inspired. Yet the Rebbe looked as awake and alert as he did when our meeting began. Read More


Parasha Sheet
Parashat Tzav & Shabbat Hagadol

The Parasha in a nutshell:

  • Moshe continues to command the Kohanim regarding their duties in the Mishkan.
  • We are taught about the daily service in the Mishkan.
  • We learn about the Thanksgiving Offering which we are required to bring after overcoming a difficult situation. Nowadays, we say Birchat HaGomel if we overcome a dangerous situation.
  • Moshe performs the priestly service for 7 days whilst the Kohanim observe. On the 8th day, the Kohanim begin their priestly service in the Mishkan: This is the day on which the Mishkan is inaugurated.

This week we also celebrate Shabbat HaGadol, 'The Great Shabbat'. This is the Shabbat on which the Jewish people received their very first Mitzvah, the Mitzvah of the Karban Pesach. Shabbat HaGadol, always falls out on the Shabbat immediately preceding the festival of Pesach.

To learn about the Parasha in more detail, download our Parasha sheet!


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This Week

Erev Shabbos, April 7 (Nisan 11)
6:45a Shacharis
9:04a Latest Shema
5:25p Candle Lighting
5:45p Mincha

Shabbos, April 8: Shabbos HaGadol, Tzav (Nisan 12)
9:30a Shacharis
5:25p Mincha
6:19p Havdalah

Sunday, April 9 (Nisan 13)
8:00a Shacharis
9:05a Latest Shema
5:45p Mincha
6:06p Earliest Shema

Monday, April 10: Erev Pesach, Taanis Bechoros (Nisan 14)
9:05a Latest Shema
9:59a Latest Eat Chametz
10:59a Latest Burn
5:21p Candle Lighting
5:30p Mincha
6:05p Maariv

Tuesday, April 11: Pesach (Nisan 15)
9:30a Shacharis
5:30p Mincha
6:15p Candle Lighting
Tonight's Sefirah Count Is: היום יום אחד לעמר

Wednesday, April 12: Pesach, 1st Day Omer (Nisan 16)
9:30a Shacharis
5:30p Mincha
6:14p Havdalah
Tonight's Sefirah Count Is: היום שני ימים לעמר

Thursday, April 13: Chol Hamoed Pesach, 2nd Day Omer (Nisan 17)
9:06a Latest Shema
5:45p Mincha
6:01p Earliest Shema
Tonight's Sefirah Count Is: היום שלשה ימים לעמר

Erev Shabbos, April 14: Chol Hamoed Pesach, 3rd Day Omer (Nisan 18)
8:00a Shacharis
9:06a Latest Shema
5:16p Candle Lighting
5.35p Mincha
6.00p Maariv
Tonight's Sefirah Count Is: היום ארבעה ימים לעמר

Births/
Announcements

Mazal Tov to Eli & Shira Greenwald on the birth of a baby girl; to grandparents Malcolm & Jodi Kofsky and Rabbi Chananya & Helen Greenwald; to great grandparents Myra Sacks-Kofsky and Shimon & Anna Hersch

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Mazal Tov to Dovi & Janine Diamond on the birth of a baby girl; to grandparents Terry & Shani Diamond and Len & Cheryl Smith; to great grandmothers Ethnie Lurie and Sonia Wolk

Happy Jewish Birthday to...
Friday
Aaron Ellerine
Benjamin Friedman
Daniel Krochmalik
Dean Kaplan
Jason Manne
Mila Jacobson
Nicole Frank
Simone Stromer
Steven Enoch

Shabbos
Audrey Simmons

Sunday
Ashleigh Fisher
Bryan Woolf
Clive Sacher
Gila Friedgut
John Dalley
Rachel Collins
Taryn Langman
Zelene Bloom

Monday
Chad Heilig
Eric Hecht
Harold Milner
Jessica Benjamin
Joshua Plit
Lawrence Stander
Nicole Taitz
Yvette Pillemer

Tuesday
Craig Meyerowitz

Wednesday
Dawn Herman
Diana Bard
Mia Port
Philippa Metzger
Roy Neumann

Thursday
Asher Rosenberg
Chanan Hecht
Daniel Balkin
Jason Rubenstein
Stanley Frank
Steven Simons
We wish "long life" to...
Friday
Gary Burg for father Josef Mendel Burg

Shabbos
Barbara Krost for father Hyman Jacks
Jonathan Sher for father Daniel Sher
Marcelle Plaut for mother Pearl Skikne

Sunday
Beate Stricker for mother-in-law Rose Giballe-Stricker
Lilian Deitz for husband Herman Deitz
Norman Simon for father Reuven Simon
Vivienne Deitz for father Herman Deitz

Monday
Andrew Hammer for mother Bertha Hammer
Joseph Hammer for mother Bertha Hammer
Lawrence Doctors for father Stanley Doctors
Louise Falk for father Stanley Doctors
Sandra Kirschner for mother Bella Sallman
Sanford Shudnow for father Phillip S Shudnow

Tuesday
Curtis Mann for father Arnold Mann
Gael Hammer for mother Grace Sage
Gerald Camberg for uncle Sam Rappaport
Sylvia Kohn for mother Edith Sekel

Wednesday
Anthony Masnick for father Louis Masnick
Keith Masnick for father Louis Masnick
Susan Dyne for father Dennis Messer

Thursday
Douglas Pillemer for mother Ray Sara Pillemer
Stanley Kalinko for mother Miriam Kalinko
Ziggy Lambert-Revell for mother Clara Moisa
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