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Facebook Live Get-Together
Don't forget to check out CLTC's Facebook page at 4p today and be inspired by Rabbi Shmotkin when he goes live for a Pre-Shabbos Community Get-Together.

Dear Friend,

This Friday and Shabbat mark the beginning of the Jewish month of Iyar.

It is a unique month in that every single day of the month is associated with a special mitzvah, the counting of the Omer. It is the only month of the year that has that characteristic, of one mitzvah being observed equally every day of the month.

One of the reasons we count the Omer—the days between Passover and Shavuot—is to work on refining our own personal character traits. Every day of the Omer we focus on another trait, and by the time Shavuot comes, we are fully refined and ready to receive the Torah once again.

Interestingly, the Hebrew word “Iyar” is an acronym for a quote from the Torah: Ani Hashem rofecha — “I am G‑d your healer.” What a better time for this month’s message to become a reality!

We are ready to be healed, ready to be back to normal, and ready to be refined.

Shabbat shalom.

Rabbi Mendel Shmotkin

 

New Online Classes Coming Soon!
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Kiddush
This weeks kiddush was going to be sponsored by the Alex & Yelena Dykhne in honor of Yelena's father's yahartzeit. Join us in raising a l'chaim in his honor. 

How to Daven
Unsure of the how, what, when or where of daveneing while you are home alone on Shabbat? Click Here for the 10 Commandments for davening alone on Shabbat.

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IN THIS WEEK'S TORAH PORTION:


Parshat Tazria-Metzora

 

The Parshahs of Tazria and Metzora continue the discussion of the laws of tumah v’taharah ritual impurity and purity.

woman giving  birth should undergo a process of purification, which includes immersing in a mikvah (a naturally gathered  pool of water) and bringing offerings to the Holy Temple. All male infants are to be circumcised on the  eighth day of life.

Tzaraat (often mistranslated as “leprosy”) is a supra-natural plague, which can afflict people as well as  garments or  homes. If white or pink patches appear on a person’s skin (dark pink or dark green in garments or homes), a kohen is summoned. Judging by various signs, such as an increase in size of the afflicted area after a seven-day quarantine, the kohen pronounces it tamei (impure) or tahor (pure).

A person afflicted with tzaraat must dwell alone outside of the camp (or city) until he is healed. The afflicted area in a garment or home must be removed; if the tzaraat recurs, the entire garment or home must be  destroyed.

When the metzora (“leper”) heals, he or she is purified by the kohen with a special procedure involving two birds,  spring water in an earthen vessel, a piece of  cedar wood, a scarlet thread and a bundle of  hyssop.

Ritual impurity is also engendered through a seminal or other discharge in a man, and menstruation or other discharge of  blood in a woman, necessitating purification through  immersion in a mikvah.

 

 

 

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