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Shabbat Shalom שבת שלום (March 6, 2023)



-Announcements

-Candle Lighting Times for Shabbat (Ontario, CA)

-Office Hours

-This week’s 10-Minute Torah

-Purim

-Magilla Reading

-Adult Torah Study

-Judaic Studies

-This week's Upcoming Shabbat services

-Hebrew School

-Daylight Savings Time

-Miller Course Introduction to Judaism starting Sunday, March 19

-Mi Sheberach List


*For your information, I have included below my schedule, including office hours for the next two weeks and specific classes in which I am involved.

**For your convenience and information, Zoom links will be provided in separate emails for security purposes.

***I have updated our Mi Sheberach מי שברך list for those in need of healing by removing the names of those of whom we were uncertain. Please advise if any names were removed in error. For your convenience, I am attaching this revised list to this email that only goes to members of Temple Sholom of Ontario. Thank you.



Shabbat Times for Ontario, California, USA

  • Fast begins: 4:59am on Monday, Mar 6

  • Ta'anit Esther occurs on Monday, Mar 6

  • Fast ends: 6:21pm on Monday, Mar 6

  • Erev Purim occurs on Monday, Mar 6

  • Purim occurs on Tuesday, Mar 7

  • Shushan Purim occurs on Wednesday, Mar 8

  • Candle lighting: 5:36pm on Friday, Mar 10

  • Shabbat Parah occurs on Saturday, Mar 11

  • This week's Torah portion is Parashat Ki Tisa

  • Havdalah (50 min): 6:45pm on Saturday, Mar 11

שבת פרשת כי תשא

March 10 - י״ז אדר

Candle lighting 5:36

Shabbat ends 6:33

72 minutes 7:08



Office Hours this week:

Monday, March 6, 2023 5:00pm - 7:00pm (Magillah Reading @ 7:00pm) Thursday, March 9, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Board Meeting @ 7:30pm)

Friday, March 10, 2023 - Sunday, March 12, 2023 Out of town

Monday, March 13, 2023 10:00am - 2:00pm

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Friday, March 17, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

(Subject to change. Please call for appointments)






Purim 2023 / פּוּרִים 5783

Celebration of Jewish deliverance as told by Megilat Esther 🎭️📜

Purim for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on Monday, 6 March 2023 and ends at nightfall on Tuesday, 7 March 2023.

Purim (Hebrew: פּוּרִים, Pûrîm “lots”, from the word פור pur, also called the Festival of Lots) is a Jewish holiday which commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman in the ancient Persian Empire, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther).



Magilla Reading

Monday, March 6 @ 7pm



Adult Torah Study Class

Next Session: Monday, March 13 at 7:30 pm PT

Zoom Links sent in separate email Monday morning. Please reply if you do not receive them.

Preempted for Purim Reading of Magillah Esther

Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei 5783 / פָּרָשַׁת וַיַּקְהֵל־פְקוּדֵי

18 March 2023 / 25 Adar 5783

Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei is the 22nd and 23rd weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 35:1-40:38, 12:1-20

Shabbat HaChodesh 2023 / שַׁבָּת הַחֹדֶשׁ 5783

Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan 🕍

Vayakhel (“He Assembled”) opens as God commands the Israelites to observe the Sabbath. Moses asks for material donations for the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and the people donate. A group of artisans designated by God begin building the Mishkan and its vessels. Pekudei (“Accountings Of”) is the final Torah reading in the Book of Exodus. It describes the making of priestly garments worn in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the completion of its construction. At God’s command, Moses erects the Mishkan and puts its vessels in place, and God's presence fills the Mishkan. [1]

Commentary and Divrei Torah

Soncino Chumash: pp. 375 - 379 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 375 – 391)/pp. 253 - 257

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 516 - 525 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 516 – 541)pp. 348 - 355

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. – Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. - )/pp. -


Shabbat HaChodesh 2023 / שַׁבָּת הַחֹדֶשׁ 5783

Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan 🕍

Shabbat HaChodesh for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on Friday, 17 March 2023 and ends at nightfall on Saturday, 18 March 2023. This corresponds to Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei.

Shabbat HaChodesh (“Sabbath [of the] month” שבת החודש) precedes the first of the Hebrew month of Nisan during which Passover is celebrated. Exodus 12:1-20 and the laws of Passover. On the first day of Nisan, G-d presented the first commandment of how to “sanctify the new moon” (kiddush hachodesh) for the onset of Rosh Chodesh and thus Nisan becomes the first month of the Jewish year (counting by months.).




Shushan Purim 2023 / שׁוּשָׁן פּוּרִים 5783

Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities 🎭️📜

Shushan Purim for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on Tuesday, 7 March 2023 and ends at nightfall on Wednesday, 8 March 2023.

Shushan Purim falls on Adar 15 and is the day on which Jews in Jerusalem celebrate Purim.




Judaic Studies

Next session: Thursday, March 16, 2023 @ 7:30pm

Preempted for Board Meeting

Come join us for a lively discussion of various topics on Judaica.




Upcoming Services

Shabbat Ma'ariv Service Friday, March 10, 2023 @ 7:30 pm Note new start time

Shabbat Shachrit Service Saturday, March 11, 2023 @ 9:30 am Note new start time

Zoom Links sent in separate email Friday afternoon. Please reply if you do not receive them.

I will be out of town this weekend. Services will be led by congregants. Please come and support them.

We are now incorporating guitar accompaniment with our Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv

Parashat Ki Tisa 5783 / פָּרָשַׁת כִּי תִשָּׂא

11 March 2023 / 18 Adar 5783

Parashat Ki Tisa is the 21st weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Ki-Tisa (“When You Elevate”) opens as God tells Moses to collect a half-shekel donation from all Israelites and to anoint the Mishkan (Tabernacle), its vessels, and the priests. The Israelites worship the golden calf and Moses breaks the tablets. Moses beseeches God to forgive, and returns with a second set of tablets. [1]

Triennial year 1

1: 30:11-13 · 3 p’sukim ·

2: 30:14-16 · 3 p’sukim ·

3: 30:17-21 · 5 p’sukim ·

4: 30:22-33 · 12 p’sukim ·

5: 30:34-38 · 5 p’sukim ·

6: 31:1-11 · 11 p’sukim ·

7: 31:12-17 · 6 p’sukim ·

maf*: Numbers 19:1-22 · 22 p’sukim · *Shabbat Parah

Haftarah for Ashkenazim*: Ezekiel 36:16-38 · 23 p’sukim *Shabbat Parah

Commentary and Divrei Torah

Soncino Chumash: pp. 352 - 356 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 352 – 368)/pp. 652 - 655

*Note that we are now doing the Triennial reading for our Shabbat Torah services. 5783 will be Triennial Year 1

**We are holding live Shabbat services back in the synagogue. We will still continue to broadcast on Zoom for those unable to come to the sanctuary. Please call the office for more information if you'd like to attend.



Shabbat Parah 2023 / שַׁבָּת פּרה 5783

Shabbat of the Red Heifer 🕍

Shabbat Parah for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on Friday, 10 March 2023 and ends at nightfall on Saturday, 11 March 2023. This corresponds to Parashat Ki Tisa.

Shabbat Parah (“Sabbath [of the] red heifer” שבת פרה) takes place on the Shabbat before Shabbat HaChodesh, in preparation for Passover. Numbers 19:1-22 describes the parah adumah (“red heifer”) in the Jewish temple as part of the manner in which the kohanim and the Jewish people purified themselves so that they would be ready (“pure”) to sacrifice the korban Pesach.



Hebrew School at Temple Sholom of Ontario

Next Hebrew School will be Sunday, March 19, 2023

March 5 will be Family Fun Learning and Purim Carnival at the synagogue

March 12 I will be out of town

First Session Sunday 10:00am - 10:40am

Second Session Sunday 10:50am - 11:30am

Hebrew school is back on at Temple Sholom of Ontario. We will continue in the fall hold classes virtually on Sundays starting at 10:00am PT. There will be two sessions, 40 minutes each, with a 10-minute break in between.

Details will follow soon.


The first session will focus on Hebrew reading and prayers. We will read from the week's Torah portion using a Chumash and an online site. Besides the main prayers used in our services, we will also learn Torah and Haftarah blessings.

The second session will be a general learning session of that weekly sedrah/portion. We will also discuss notable Jewish personalities, from celebrities to prophets and kings. There will also be special topics such as gossip and evolution.

Please let us know if you'd like to join us and of course if you have any questions.



Daylight saving time 2023

in United States will begin at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12




Miller Course: Introduction to Judaism

Coming Soon! Sunday, March 19, 2023

Your Jewish Journey Starts at Miller Intro to Judaism

Welcome to the Miller Intro to Judaism Program! We invite you to explore Judaism with us. Whether you are in an interfaith relationship, re-discovering your Jewish heritage, or seek to convert to Judaism, we are here to support your journey.

The core of the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program is an 18-week course that surveys Jewish living and practice, including history, ritual, culture, texts, and values. Classes are designed to be highly interactive, with much time for discussion and questions, and include personalized instruction in reading Hebrew.




***I have updated our Mi Sheberach מי שברך list for those in need of healing by removing the names of those of whom we were uncertain. Please advise if any names were removed in error. For your convenience, I am attaching this revised list to this email that only goes to members of Temple Sholom of Ontario. Thank you.



*The titles in blue and underlined are "hyperlinks". If you click on any of those, it will lead to that site/URL. The hyperlink gives a descriptive title with the actual link embedded in that title. Anyone who is concerned about clicking a link or hyperlink can access any of these resources by going to my website, www.modernrabbistephen.com. You can find them in the "Blog" and "Videos" sections, as well as the "Instagram Links" by clicking on the various pictures.




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