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Shabbat and Candle Lighting  
for Friday, May 8, 2020 / 15 Iyar  5780
Day 30 in the Omer count     
Light Shabbat candles at 6:59 p.m.  
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Rosh Chodesh/WNO via Zoom
Nearly half of all the women in Kehillah will be online with us at 6:30 tonight - can you join in, too? RSVP to Renee now.

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 before candlelighting on 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.

This is a great time to 'ease into' learning and reclaiming your heritage. I am here to help! As Hillel said: If not now, when?

Exactly one month after the seder night (this year, May 8th)  is Pesach Sheni, a one-day 'second chance' at Passover for those who were not able to properly observe it on its correct date.  Somewhat modified Pesach requirements are in place, and the all-important Hallel, hymns of praise and gratitude to Gd, are offered.  It was instituted, by request, to offer those who were 'ritually unclean' or on a far-away journey to not be deprived of 'making things right' with Gd. I would say that  the equivalent today would be, not out of convenience, but when there are illnesses or extenuating circumstances. How amazing to be given a second chance to make things right!

Looking forward to sharing Torah Talk  with you this Shabbat  morning at  10:30 a.m.  RSVP  to Renee prior to Shabbat. A Zoom link has been sent to all  members; non-members can message Renee  to get your Zoom link.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman

Congregation Kehillah
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