Shabbat and Candlelighting 
for Friday, May 13, 2022 / 13 Iyar, 5782

 Light Shabbat candles at 7:02 p.m.

Dear Congregation Kehillah and Friends,

Parashat Emor contains the 'festival calendar' of the Jewish people. You might be surprised to learn which of our holidays and festivals are mentioned in the Torah, along with the names by which they were originally known: 
the weekly Shabbat
the bringing of the Passover offering on 14 Nisan; 
the seven-day Passover starting on 15 Nisan; 
the Omer offering from the first barley harvest on the second day of Passover and the commencement, that day, of the 49-day counting of the Omer, culminating in the festival of Shavuot on the 50th day; 
a day of remembrance marked by shofar blasts on 1 Tishrei*; 
a solemn fast day on 10 Tishrei**; 
Sukkot, during which we are to "dwell in huts for seven days and take the Four Kinds"*** beginning on 15 Tishrei; 
and a holiday immediately following (the '8th day' of Sukkot) = Shemini Atzeret.
Instruction is offered as to the purpose and observance of these special days along with commanding the kohanim/priests to replace the 12 loaves of showbread each week that sat on a special table in the sanctuary.
* Rosh Hashanah
** Yom Kippur
*** Lulav (containing the willow, palm and myrtle branches) and Etrog (the citron)

A kavannah for candlelighting for Shabbat Emor
As those serving in the Temple renewed and refreshed the loaves each week, may my candle lighting this week help me to learn more about and practice my Judaism in ways that renew and refresh my heart and soul, contributing to the strength and well-being of our people, the community and the world.

Lag B’Omer is next week, Wednesday night and Thursday (the 18th and 19th). It is the 33rd (the Hebrew letters lamed-gimel = Lag) day in the counting of the Omer (from Passover to Shavuot), a minor holiday that is a day of joy, interrupting the ‘semi-mourning’ of the rest of the Omer period. Traditionally, Jews do not celebrate weddings or joyous events during this time, except for the one day of Lag B’Omer. The Talmud tells us that a plague killed thousands of students of the great Rabbi Akiva because they did not treat one another respectfully and the plague stopped for 24 hours on this day. It is celebrated by the Orthodox community with bonfires and picnics in Israel.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman

Congregation Kehillah
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