Shalom Aleichem! We wish everyone a pleasant Rosh Chodesh Nissan!
· THE SHUL IS OPEN. WE ARE GOING FOR A MINYAN THIS SHABBOS. Good Shabbos!
Friday: Candle lighting: 7:23 PM, Shabbos begins: 7:41 PM.
Davening starts at 9:40, Shacharis starts at 10 AM.
Saturday: Zeman Shema: before 10:07 AM; Zeman Tefilah: before 11:11 AM.
Daven Amida with Ya’aleh v’yavoh, followed by half-Hallel. No “Av Harachamim.”
Chatzos 1:20 PM, Mincha Gedolah, 1:52 PM. Mincha Ketana, 5:04 PM, Plag Hamincha, 6:23 PM. No “Tzidkacha Tzedek.”
Shalosh Seudos before Sunset: 7:43 PM
Shabbos ends: Shul tradition, 60 min.: 8:43 PM. 42 min.: 8:25 PM. 72 min.: 8:55 PM.
The Parshah of Tazria continues the discussion of the laws of tumah v’taharah, ritual impurity and purity.
A woman giving birth should undergo a process of purification, which includes immersing in a mikvah (a naturally gathered pool of water) and bringing offerings to the Holy Temple. All male infants are to be circumcised on the eighth day of life.
Tzaraat (often mistranslated as leprosy) is a supra-natural plague, which can afflict people as well as garments or homes. If white or pink patches appear on a person’s skin (dark red or green in garments), a kohen is summoned. Judging by various signs, such as an increase in size of the afflicted area after a seven-day quarantine, the kohen pronounces it tamei (impure) or tahor (pure).
A person afflicted with tzaraat must dwell alone outside of the camp (or city) until he is healed. The afflicted area in a garment or home must be removed; if the tzaraat recurs, the entire garment or home must be destroyed.
This being the Shabbat that falls on or before the first of Nissan, we also read the section of Hachodesh (Exodus 12:1–20), which relates G‑d’s words to Moses in Egypt two weeks before the Exodus, instructing us to set the Jewish calendar by the monthly new moon, and to regard Nissan as the “head of months.” G‑d also instructs to bring the Passover offering, to eat it with matzah and bitter herbs, and to abstain from leaven for seven days.
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