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Beginners Shabbat Schedule

PARSHAT TETZAVEH & SHABBAT ZACHOR - FRIDAY, MARCH 6 - SATURDAY, MARCH 7

KJ Committed to Chesed and Kindness 
See HERE for KJ Chesed Corner and HERE for volunteer opportunities from Met Council.

Condolences to Marcelline Block on the passing of her mother Jenny Batlay Block. Funeral services on Sunday, March 8, at 9:30 am at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel - 630 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC. 

Two great services to choose from!
See HERE for Beginners Service and KJB Minyan details. 

Celebrate Purim with KJ!
Join KJ Beginners for the annual Purim Eve Soiree and Megillah reading on Monday night, March 9 at 8:30 pm. Celebrate Purim Day with KJ! See HERE for details.

Meaningful Jewish Living tackles Kashrut - Thursday at 7:00 pm
Join Rabbi Elie Weinstock for a 2-part class on the ins and outs of Kosher.

Join us for Friday NIght Live on March 27 with a Sephardic theme
Welcome Shabbat at 7:00 pm with a spirited service and enjoy a delicious Sephardic-themed Shabbat dinner featuring Rabbi Meyer Laniado speaking about What Does it Mean to Be Sephardic? RSVP HERE.

Study Torah in 2020! Join a class!
Plenty to choose from - including Hebrew, Parsha, Ramban, and more! See HERE for details.

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Shabbat Announcements

Friday, March 6
Candle lighting - 5:35 pm
Evening Services in the Main Sanctuary - 5:50 pm

Shabbat, March 7
KJB Minyan with Rabbi Kraus - 9:15 am in the Riklis Social Hall Plenty of singing and energy, lots of learning and explanation. Start the morning with 15 minutes of Torah, studying each of the 613 mitzvot in Sefer Ha-Mitzvot.

Beginners Service with George Rohr at 9:30 am in the Major Ward Beit Midrash Explore prayer and Judaism at your own pace. 

Kiddush all together following services sponsored by the Cohen family commemorating the Yahrzeit of Adam and Justin's father, Philip Alan Cohen; and by the Sberro Family commemorating the Yahrzeit of Benjamin's, father Max Yeshua Sberro.

Pre-Mincha Shiur at 5:05 pm with Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz - Berakhot 64 (A Short Daf)

Mincha in the Main Synagogue is at 5:30 pm followed by Seudah Shlishit featuring a Daf Yomi Siyum by Rabbi Elie Weinstock.

Havdalah - 6:31 pm

Remember to turn clocks ahead one hour as Daylight Savings Time begins.

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On the Jewish Calendar
This Shabbat, known as Shabbat Parshat Zachor, we read the second of four special Torah readings in anticipation of Purim and Pesach. The portion of Zachor (literally “remember”) recounts the directive to remember and obliterate Amalek. It connects to the upcoming Purim holiday as Amalek was the ancestor of the wicked Haman. Everyone should make an extra effort to come to shul for the reading of this special portion!

Purim is almost here! It is a joyous time of year and a time for celebration and community. It is important to remember the mitzvot (obligations) of the day.

1. To listen to the Megillah (Scroll of Esther) both Monday night and Tuesday.

2. To enjoy a festive meal (Purim Seudah) on Tuesday afternoon.

3. To give at least two ready-to-eat foods to at least one person (Mishloach Manot/Shaloch Manos)

4. To give gifts to the poor (Matanot La'evyonim) - at least two coins to two different poor Jews on Purim day. This mitzvah can be fulfilled by giving money that is specially designated for this in shul or by contacting various organizations and pledging money that will be distributed on Tuesday to poor Jews. One organization in particular that does this is called Od Yosef Chai. If you'd like to fulfill the obligation of Matanot La'evyonim through them, you can call them at 845-426-3130.

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Time for a Taste of Torah
"V'ata tedabeir el kol chachmei leiv...v'asu et bigdei Aharon - And you (Moses) shall speak to all of the wise hearted people...and they shall make the garments of Aaron..." (Shemot/Exodus 28:3)

Parshat Tetzaveh introduces us to the unique garments which were worn by the Jewish priests during the time that they served in the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and later in the Holy Temple. Because these vestments were so special and holy, they couldn't simply be made by anybody who possessed the necessary skills and craftsmanship. Hashem specifically instructed Moses to command the wise of heart to make these special garments for Aaron and his sons. However, this is difficult to understand. We as a society are accustomed to associating wisdom with the brain. Why does the Torah emphasize the wisdom in their hearts?

Rabbi Leib Chasman (leading Torah educator and Yeshiva head in Europe - 1867-1931) explains that our understanding of wisdom represents a fundamental flaw in human thinking. From the Torah's perspective, a wise person is not merely a Harvard professor who is able to intelligently discuss esoteric topics and difficult academic subjects. If his actions don't reflect his sophisticated intellectual knowledge, the facts and theorems which he has stored in his head, or even developed and proven and named after himself, are essentially meaningless. An expert botanist who is intimately familiar with the characteristics and medicinal properties of every plant and herb in the world, yet nevertheless chooses to recommend and distribute poisonous plants instead of healing ones can hardly be defined, from a Torah perspective, as wise. The knowledge that he has acquired in his brain remains for him an external load which has failed to penetrate into his heart.

The Torah recognizes that the primary criterion for determining wisdom lies in the ability to connect one's mind, and the information stored therein, with the heart, which guides and determines actions. It is for this reason that Hashem stressed the importance of selecting the truly wise - the wise of heart.

(Dvar Torah by Ozer Alport of Partners in Torah - www.partnersintorah.org.) 

Mon, April 6 2020 12 Nisan 5780