Rabbi Feingold's D'var Torah

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On the seventh day of Pesach, we join in the synagogue for a festival service and the recitation of Yizkor, the Memorial prayers. Therefore, please join us tomorrow, April 10, at 10:30am for these services as well as Shabbat services tomorrow evening at 7:30pm. In traditional congregations where Pesach is observed for 8 days, this Shabbat will be a festival day as well, and another special Torah reading is reserved for that day. But, in Reform congregations and in Israel it is a regular, non-festival Shabbat. (Even so, since some observe the traditional 8 days of Pesach diet, the Oneg tomorrow night will be "Kosher for Passover.") The Torah reading calendar becomes a problem when the Reform and Israeli calendars differ from the traditional calendar. The solution is to split the Torah and Haftarah readings for next Shabbat (Shemini) into two separate readings. So, we will read part of Shemini this week and part the following week. Then the whole Jewish world will be back on track in the same place by next Shabbat! Chag Samei'ach!

Each year at the Beth Hillel Community Seder, we have a theme that connects the story of the Exodus from Egypt to oppression and discrimination in our world today. While we celebrate our freedom during this festive observance, there is a sober message in the Seder: To root out slavery and degradation of humanity where ever it still thrives. Unfortunately, we need not look far to find it. This year's theme will connect Pesach to the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, Selma and the Voting Rights act of 1965. We will be showing a short video called "Faces of Selma Fifty Years Later" at the Seder and reflecting on the famous image of Dr. King, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and other religious leaders walking the Edmund Pettus Bridge. I am delighted to share with you that the video is the work of Dan Przygoda (son of our members Marty and Mary Jo Przygoda) of bloomberg.com, and he has given me permission to share it with the congregation. Watch it at the Community Seder or click here. May your Seders be joyous, deep and meaningful, and may they spur us all to seek justice.

Toward the end of this week's parasha (Torah portion), Aaron and his sons are consecrated as priests in a special ordination ceremony in which Moses dabs their ears, right thumbs and right big toes with the blood of a ram offered specifically in honor of their ordination. (Lev 8:23) The famous Torah commentator and author of the "Hertz Chumash," J.H. Hertz wrote of this ritual: "The ear was touched by blood, that it may be consecrated to hear the word of God; the hand to perform the duties of the priesthood; and the foot, to walk in the path of righteousness." (Hertz Pentateuch, p. 437) While we are not priests, these are valuable rules to live by every day: to listen to the voice of God, to act according to the values and teachings of our heritage, and to seek righteousness in every situation we encounter.

Leviticus 6:1−8:36

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