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MINYAN:
8:45 AM  Monday & Thursday

SHABBAT:
7 PM on Friday Evening
9:30 AM on Saturday Morning

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Tzav

Shabbat HaGadol—The “Great Shabbat” before Pesach

 

By Rabbi David Hartley Mark

 

“A fire must always burn; it may never go out” (Lev. 6:6).

 

“Those who pray should approach God with hearts full of confidence, joy, and security, knowing that He will protect them from all ill.” Our world is so insecure these days, however—how can we ever hope to attain such a sense of self-assuredness? In his great Torah commentary, the Sefat Emet (“Tongue of Truth”), Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter of Ger (1847-1905), whose world was at least as dangerous as ours, offers a solution. First, he quotes the above verse, which teaches us that the fire on the mizbayach, the brazen altar outside the Ohel Mo’ed, the Tent of Meeting, was always ablaze, as the sweating kohanim and leviim (priests and Levites) labored to serve God through sacrifice—of not only cattle, but meal-offerings and incense.

 

What does this mean for us today, who substitute prayers for the sacrifices which Aaron and the other kohanim offered on the altar? Rabbi Yehudah compares the fiery altar to the human being, who approaches God in prayer throughout each day, regardless of the state of the world, hoping that God will pay heed to his or her prayers. As they pray, their heart is aflame with love of and devotion to God.

 

Who can attain such a spiritual level, especially in our troubled world, with computer, cell, tablet and TV blaring the most up-to-date tragedies and calamities? What happens if one prays to God, but is too worried and distracted about the bad events in their lives and the world to concentrate on their prayers? Will God still accept imperfect prayers? According to the Holy Zohar, the seminal 13th-Century work of Spanish Kabbalah, these distracting thoughts are compared to “the burnt-offerings upon the holy altar.” It is remarkable that worrying and evil thoughts can be compared to holy sacrifices. According to the Zohar, the holy fire, that is, the very act of worship, purifies, perfects, and uplifts these thoughts.

 

Finally, the verse above goes on to state that the fire must burn “all night until the morning.” This metaphor tells us that we must differentiate between the darkness and the light. As we go through life, we will always experience periods of evil, followed by times of good. Our fire of worship, mixed with our thoughts of doubt, worry, and evil, will be purified by God. Each night prepares for a new day; each week prepares for a Shabbat, and this world of days, weeks, and years prepares us for the Future World: the Messianic Era of Everlasting Good, when God’s Holy Light will shine upon a World of Peace.

 

May blessings flow from God to all who read these words. Amen.

 

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OUR RABBI - David Hartley Mark

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Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Rabbi David Hartley Mark was born in New York City, and grew up on the Lower East Side, that legendary Jewish immigrant neighborhood, attending Hebrew Day School. He was first from his school, the East Side Torah Center, to attend Yeshiva University High School for Boys—Manhattan. David attended Yeshiva University, where he attained a BA in English Literature, a BS in Bible and Jewish Education, and a Hebrew Teacher’s Diploma (HTD). He spent his third year of college at Bar Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel, where he developed a fluency in Hebrew, and toured around the country. He has also attained a Certificate in Advanced Jewish School Administration from the Hebrew College in Brookline, MA.

David attended the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he earned an MA degree from Queens College, as well as an M.Phil. degree, majoring in 17th Century English, specializing in the work of John Milton, as well as the Romantic Poets. A year teaching Hebrew School in a Reform temple in Brooklyn convinced him of his great love of Judaism, and he began attending the Academy for Jewish Religion, Yonkers, NY, where he was ordained a rabbi in 1980.

 

He met Anbeth, who was hired as temple secretary the same day he was hired to teach. They were married in 1978. They have two grown children, Tyler and Jordan, as well as a grandson, Aidan.

 

Rabbi Mark served pulpits in Warren, NJ, Fayetteville, NC, and Portsmouth, NH, in which last pulpit he spent 22 years, a record for that state. Seeking warmer climes, as well as closer family members, he and Anbeth took the pulpit of Temple Sholom in 2009. He also fulfilled a lifetime dream of teaching English at Keiser University in Ft. Lauderdale.  

 

OUR CANTOR - Javier Smolarz

Cantor Javier Smolarz

Cantor Smolarz comes to us originally from Argentina and via Congregations in various U.S. localities, joining Temple Sholom in September of 2018, where he has been wholeheartedly embraced by the Congregation.  His strong beautiful singing voice is coupled with a great sense of presence and decorum, but with a warm welcoming demeanor - all of which enhances our morning minyans and shabbat and holiday services.

 

 

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Our Czech Torah - Holocaust Memorial Scroll

The Torah was shipped in 1989 following a request from Malcolm Black who was the President at that time. The Torah is about 200 years old and comes from Mlada Boleslav, a town in the Czech Republic.

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