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Beginners Shabbat Schedule

SHABBAT TAZRIA - METZORAH | FRIDAY, APRIL 20 - SATURDAY, APRIL 21

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

Two Shabbat Services this week!
Join us for the Beginners Service or KJB Minyan for a prayer and parsha experience like no other! See here for details.

Meaningful Jewish Living - Thursdays at 7:00 pm
3,300 years of Jewish tradition in 25 weeks! Explore Jewish History with Rabbi Daniel and Rachel KrausFollowed by Studies in the Weekly Portion taught by Sam Berkovitz at 8:00 pm. Handouts will accompany each topic. Refreshments will be served. See here for details.

JLI's What Is?
Rethink everything you know about the universe in What Is? and reexamine the most basic building blocks of existence from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world. See here for more details and to register. Get a taste of the course here. Course begins on Monday, April 23 taught by Rabbi Elie Weinstock

Study Torah at KJ!
See here for the full lineup - including Hebrew, Parsha, Ramban, Rabbi Weiser and more!

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Friday, April 20
Candle lighting - 7:23 pm
Friday Night Live Beginners Service - 7:00 pm

Shabbat, April 21
Beginners Service with Benjamin Gerut and Rachel Kraus - 9:30 am in the Major Ward Beit Midrash.
Explore prayer and Judaism at your own pace.

KJB Minyan with Rabbi Daniel Kraus - 9:30 am in the Riklis Social Hall
Plenty of singing and energy, lots of learning and explanation

Kiddush all together following services! 

Pre-Mincha Presentation at 6:30 pm with Dr. Sharon Goldman speaking on The Situation in Syria: What Lays Ahead. Mincha is at 7:15 pm in the Rohr Chapel followed by Seudah Shlishit with Dr. Goldman speaking on Ask AIPAC Anything! in the Heyman Auditorium.

Shabbat ends at 8:20 pm 

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On the Jewish Calendar
We are in the middle of the Omer period - the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. Remember to count each evening!

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Time for a Taste of Torah
“Nega tzara’at hu – It is a tzara’at affliction…” (Vayikra/Leviticus 13:3)

The spiritual skin disease called “tzara’at” is the primary subject of this week’s Torah portions. This disease is not leprosy – as it is often mistranslated, rather it is a spiritual affliction that presents itself to impart a lesson. From the connection of the disease to evil speech to the role of the Kohein (priest) in diagnosing and purifying the patient, tzara’at is chock-full of spiritual messages. I’d like to add two more insights to the list of what we can learn from this malady.

1)  Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, the Gerrer Rebbe called the Sefat Emet, notes how similar the word “nega (affliction)” is to the word “oneg (pleasure).” All you need to do is move the Hebrew letter “ayin” from the end to the beginning and you have radically shifted the word. The Sefat Emet explains that we see that the difference between agony and pleasure is based on the “ayin,” which is also Hebrew for eye. Perspective matters.

2)  Tzara’at was a skin disease. The Hebrew word for skin is “or” (spelled with the letter “ayin” and not to be confused with the similar-sounding Hebrew word for light). Rabbi Asher Brander, a rabbi and teacher in Los Angeles, quotes the Sefat Emet noting that the word “or” (skin) is spelled the same way as the Hebrew word for blind (“iveir”). The affliction of the skin, tzara’at, may come about because we are (at least spiritually) blind.

We don’t have the actual tzara’at disease today, but its spiritual messages can continue to enhance our understanding of our religious experience.

Fri, April 20 2018 5 Iyyar 5778