The Torah portion for this Shabbat is a combination of Tazria (תַזְרִיעַ – she conceives)
The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the Israelite people thus: When a woman at childbirth bears a male, she shall be impure seven days; she shall be impure as at the time of her condition of menstrual separation.”
God describes the rituals of purification for a woman after childbirth. (12:1-8)
God sets forth the methods for diagnosing and treating a variety of skin diseases, including tzara-at (a leprous affection), as well as those for purifying clothing. (13:1-59)
Priestly rituals to cure tzara-at when it afflicts humans are described. (14:1-32)
Rituals to rid dwelling places of tzara-at are presented. (14:33-57)
The parashah denotes male impurities resulting from a penile discharge or seminal emission. (15:1-18)
The parashah concludes with accounts of female impurities caused by a discharge of blood. (15:19-33)
ROSH CHODESH IYAR – began Thursday, April 23 at sundown and extends through Shabbat, Saturday, April 25.
Our God and God of our fathers and mothers, on this
first day of the new month
be mindful of us and all Your people Israel,
for good, for love, for compassion, life and peace.
Remember us for wellbeing. Amen.
Visit us with blessing. Amen. Help us to a fuller life. Amen.
Our God and God of our ancestors,
may the new month bring us goodness and blessing.
May we have long life, peace, prosperity,
a life exalted by love of Torah and reverence for the divine;
a life in which the longings of our hearts are fulfilled for good.
YOM HAZIKARON and YOM HA’ATZMAUT
remembering Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, sunset Monday, April 27, 2020
Remember our people who could not escape past tyranny and hate;
may their memory be more than a distant shadow.
For their dreams left unfulfilled and lives taken too soon: we remember.
Remember our brothers and sisters whose sacrifice gave birth to the State of Israel;
may their courage be our inspiration and our strength.
For life cut short and vision unrealized: we remember.
Remember the fallen of the Israel Defense Forces, the victims of terror and tragedy;
may the darkness of their loss not obscure the light of peace.
They were in love with the Land and in love with Life.
For the agony, the tears, the mothers and the fathers,
for the children who were and for the children yet to be: we remember.
From sunset Tuesday, April 28 until nightfall Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
For the miracle of rebirth
For the beauty of the land
For the ingathering of the exiles
For a just society
For the renewal of Jewish learning, and language
For hope and peace
For the courage of Israel’s people
So long as within the inmost heart a Jewish spirit sings,
In the return to Zion of our time,
Your people gathered in Your land
to build it up and to be built up themselves.
They established this Independence Day
as a festival of joy, thanksgiving and praise to You.
As You performed miracles for our ancestors,
do likewise for us, saving us now as You did then.
Today is 15 Days in the ‘Õmer, which is two weeks and one day of the ‘Õmer.
We recite MI SHEBËRACH for the victims of abuse, fear, natural disasters, pandemics,
We say KADDISH YATOM for those of our friends and families who have died and been