April 24, 2020
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Virtual services see below

  Forecast: 61
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Would You Like a Zoom, FaceTime, or Phone Visit?  Call me or email me to set one up. kas

Torah Reading
This morning's Sidra opens with the laws of confinement following childbirth. Biblical law deemed women to be "ritually unfit" after giving birth. At the conclusion of this period, the mother was enjoined to bring a burnt offering and a sin offering, and she could then resume normal activity. The laws dealing with leprosy, and the restrictions placed upon lepers, follow somewhat logically. Anyone with a skin disease was also conside
red to be ritually unfit, and a period of confinement was imposed upon the individual by the priest, who examined the afflicted individual at regular intervals. These passages demonstrate most convincingly that the priests' role extended beyond the precincts of the Sanctuary and the domain of the sacrificial cult.
The Sidra Metzora is a continuation of the laws applying to the people afflicted with skin diseases. When a person was cured of leprosy, the priest examined the individual prior to his/her re-admission to the Israelite encampment. The procedures for ritually cleansing the leper lasted eight days.
Objects as well as people could contract a form of leprosy, and the Torah discusses the spread of leprosy to clothing and other fabrics, and to the walls (including stone walls!) of houses. Depending on the severity of the infestation, the house might be closed or have to be torn down, without the possibility of re-using the materials.  Other bodily discharges also render a person (and all that she/he comes into contact with) ritually unfit. These matters are dealt with at the parasha's conclusion.

THIS DESCRIBES OUR SHUL...  Why Not Experience It for Yourself?

And I'm not going for it until I get a personal letter from Dr. Fauci telling me it's okay. (kas)
Some Governors Are Letting Houses of Worship Reopen.  Synagogues Aren't Going For It.          


ALL our Synagogue Prayer Services and Programs are conducted over ZOOM
You can participate in one of two ways 
          • Dialing in - or - 
          • Using internet access and a smartphone, tablet or computer
Shabbat Services
Friday evenings at 7:00 pm  CLICK HERE TO ATTEND                                                    
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Shabbat Mornings at 10:30 am CLICK HERE TO ATTEND
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Havdalah at  8:30 pm  CLICK HERE TO ATTEND
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This Week's Yahrzeit Observances
We hope that our weekly listing of yahrzeit observances will serve 2 purposes:
1)     To remind those who have the yahrzeit for a second time, much closer to the date of the actual observance
2)     To alert friends and acquaintances that someone they know is observing a yahrzeit. We hope that you will show them your support by joining them at our (virtual) minyanim, and helping to assure that Kaddish can be recited with a minyan 
Barbara Margolin will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Ella Kreitzberg on Friday evening, April 24th
Leon Perkal will be observing yahrzeit for his sister, Evelyn Lurie on Saturday evening, April 25th
Otto Salmon will be observing yahrzeit for his brother, Alfred Salmon on Saturday evening, April 25th
Alvin Cohen will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Samuel Cohen on Sunday evening, April 26th
Hennie Ostrower will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Louis Kalb on Sunday evening, April 26th
Myrna Weissman will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Mose Schear on Sunday evening, April 26th
Michael Seymour will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Ernst Seymour on Sunday evening, April 26th
Gladys Gordon will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Bessie Klein on Monday evening, April 27th
Rita Berliner will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Philip Schwartz on Monday evening, April 27th
Milton Davis will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Jack Davis on Tuesday evening, April 28th
Arnold Grodman will be observing yahrzeit for his mother,  Martha Grodman on Tuesday evening, April 28th
Carolyn Tauber will be observing yahrzeit for her grandmother, Yettie Lippel on Wednesday evening, April 29th
Faye Salmon will be observing yahrzeit for her mother-in-law, Bertha Salmon on Wednesday evening, April 29th
Martin Carus will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Rose Carus on Thursday evening, April 30th


Sunday - Friday Mornings at 9:00 am CLICK HERE TO ATTEND
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Sunday - Thursday Evenings at 7:00 pm CLICK HERE TO ATTEND
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Special Request: if you purchased or downloaded Siddur Lev Shalem (Shabbat and Holidays) and/or Siddur Sim Shalom (Weekdays), please let the Rabbi Stern know. (Please call him or email him).


A Necessary but Difficult Conversation:  Loss and Grief in the Face of the Pandemic
Join Rabbi Stern for a sensitive and frank discussion about the changes in Jewish Funeral Practices and Shiva  that have been brought about as we confront the Coronavirus
Monday, April 27 at 11:00 am
Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 pm
Or Dial in by phone:  929-205-6099    Meeting ID: 868 1788 7975

Our Yom HaAtzma'ut Celebration
Wednesday Evening, April 29  (Incorporated as part of the 7:00pm Mincha/Ma'ariv Service)
Or dial in by phone:  929-205-6099      Meeting ID: 338 747 559

Yom HaZikaron Memorial with FIDF. Kol Yisrael Arevim Ze l'Ze - All of Israel is responsible for one another. Join us as we honor the IDF soldiers and victims of terror who gave their lives in defense of the State of Israel.
When: April 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM CST/ 2:00 PM EST

Yom Ha'Atzmaut with FIDF. Join us from wherever you are for our National Celebration of the State of Israel!
When: April 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM CST / 12:00 PM EST

Yom HaAtzmau'ut on Facebook 
April 29, 2-3 pm CLICK HERE TO ATTEND

Once in awhile the Chabad tips its hand and the public gets to see what Chabad's true agenda is: anti-Israel (and misogynistic:)  Chabad Rabbis Order Nepal Emissary to Turn Down Israel Independence Day Honor   

Rabbi's Weekly Class

Rabbi's Class: Thursday at 11:00 am
Louis Ginzberg's, The Legends of the Bible, can be purchased at nominal cost from Amazon
Dial in by phone:   929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 362 376 833
Marvin Chertkoff is off the DL and raring to go!
 The Friday Morning Bible Class Resumes
on Friday, May 1  at 11:30am
Text:   II Kings, Chapter 6  (you can obtain a copy of the biblical text at )
Dial in by phone:  929-205-6099      Meeting ID: 836 6939 4720

Important/Interesting Reads
Tower of David Museum Offers Jerusalem's Old City, Virtual Reality Edition  
A game brings quarantined people around the world into the holy neighborhood                       

Health Minister Litzman Slams Discrimination Against Haredim Amid Bnei Brak Fence Row Health minister, speaking for first time since being diagnosed with COVID-19, says decision by Ramat Gan Municipality to put up barricade along its border with the Haredi city creates friction between ultra-Orthodox and the rest of the population
The Mossad's Role in Fighting Coronavirus in Israel  
  Israel has signed contracts to import 14,000 ventilators, tons of oxygen, and tens of millions of masks, gloves, goggles and gowns for health workers. The purchases were from commercial suppliers in China and Europe. None of it was stolen.                                   
Patterns of Military Activity in the Battle Against the Coronavirus                      
Fitch Affirms Israel's A+ Credit Rating    

Video: 24 Israeli Female Musicians Join in Song   
Musicians from throughout the world perform together after each one recorded herself at home. Their message: just because we can't meet doesn't mean we're not together.   

Israeli Politics
 Netanyahu Wins Bigtime as He and Gantz Sign Deal to Form Government  
or maybe:  The Netanyahu-Gantz Unity Agreement: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Ominous Savaged not only for his betrayal but also for his poor negotiating skills, Gantz actually took Bibi to the cleaners                 

 5 Key Takeaways About the Gantz-Netanyahu Deal and Israel's New Government
Netanyahu's Son Sends Death Wish to "Old People" Protesting Unity Talks Tweet sent by Yair caused Twitter storm before he deleted the post, with the Prime minister sending out a statement distancing himself from the remarks 
Pompeo Says Annexation of Parts of West Bank Is Israeli Decision to Make 
Rabin Square on Monday Night, Protesting Against PM Netanyahu   
 While Maintaining 2 Meter Distance:

BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism
Authorities: NYC Man Blames Jews For COVID-19, Assaults Fort Lee Dunkin' Donuts Customer:
A Queens man threatened a Jewish customer at a Dunkin' Donuts in Fort Lee, telling him that "Jews are responsible" for the coronavirus and deliberately bumping into him, authorities charged.  Afrim Haxhaj, 30, of Jackson Heights confronted the victim in the shop on Monday, telling him to leave and blaming Jews for COVID-19, state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said.  He also told him not to come back, Grewal said.  When the victim returned to the Dunkin Donuts on Tuesday, Haxhaj threatened him again, "saying he does not want Jews in his neighborhood and bumping his chest into the victim," the attorney general said.  The victim left and called police, who charged Haxhaj with bias intimidation and harassment.
This is something of a miracle:
Student Government at UC Irvine Repeals 2012 Resolution Calling for Divestment from Israel 
"Palestine" in Arabic Painted on UMass Hillel on Holocaust Remembrance Day   
Chancellor calls it a "brazen act of anti-Semitism."                  
  Berlin Holocaust Remembrance Event Hacked with Anti-Semitic Messages and Images       
New British Labour Party Leader Apologizes for "Poison" of Anti-Jewish Hate                                    
  "I will judge my success at tackling Labour Anti-Semitism by the return of Jewish members"      
Colorado's Jewish Governor Jared Polis Got Emotional When His Stay-at-Home Order Was Compared to Nazism    "We act to save lives. The exact opposite of the slaughter of 6 million Jews and many gypsies and Catholics and gays and lesbians and Russians and so many others."    
Trump Touts his Efforts to Combat Anti-Semitism in Holocaust Remembrance Proclamation 
"We must collectively reject anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance and discrimination now," the United Nations' special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, said.    
Coronavirus Crisis Stoking Anti-Semitism Worldwide      

Hizbullah Suffers Blow to Funding from Iran amid Pandemic
Iranian Militias near Israel Border May Join Assad's Army                                          
Report: Israel Targets Iranians in Syria  
The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Iranian Economy                                  
IDF: Syria Helping Hizbullah Move into Golan Heights                                    
The next 5 articles are all part of the same incident:

The Palestinians
New U.S. Law Allows Terror Victims to Sue PA                          
Washington Post Omits Facts and Bias of Gaza Op-Ed Contributor     
PA and Hamas "Coronawash" Their Own Corruption 
U.S. Gives $5 Million to Palestinians to Help Fight Pandemic                                              
Israel Training Gaza Medical Personnel amid Coronavirus Pandemic                                        
Instead of Investing in Health Care for Gazans, Hamas Built Rockets and Attack Tunnels                                              


Join us for our next live webinar on Sunday 26th April at 1:00pm 
 Israeli Wildflowers 101

Coronavirus Humor
From the Police Blotter  (you can't make this stuff up-or at least I can't. kas)
Perrine was driving an unregistered vehicle when Bay Head, NJ police stopped her...
Why was she driving around during the quarantine?
She said she was playing Pokeman Go, according the Attorney General Grewal.
New Government Programs
Due to the current financial situation caused by the Corona Virus and slowdown in the economy, the Government has decided to implement a scheme to put workers of 50 years of age and above on early, mandatory retirement, thus creating jobs and reducing unemployment.
This scheme will be known as
RAPE (Retire Aged People Early).
Persons selected to be RAPED can apply to the Government to be considered for the SHAFT program (Special Help After Forced Termination).
Persons who have been RAPED and SHAFTED will be reviewed under the SCREW program (System Covering Retired-Early Workers).
A person may be RAPED once, SHAFTED twice and SCREWED as many times as the Government deems appropriate.
Persons who have been RAPED could get AIDS (Additional Income for Dependents & Spouse) or HERPES (Half Earnings for Retired Personnel Early Severance).
Obviously persons who have AIDS or HERPES will not be SHAFTED or SCREWED any further by the Government.
The Committee for Economic Value of Individual Lives (E.V.I.L.)
After 2 weeks of not going out, the animals came to check if everything's okay

I Really Miss Pooping on People