April 2020 NEWSLETTER
NISSAN / IYAR 5780
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
WHY IS THIS NIGHT DIFFERENT?
''Passover's observance this year will be talked about for a long time to come.''
Which year's Passover do I mean? Of course, I'm referring to Passover 2020/5780: the Passover in which even Orthodox rabbis are telling their flocks not to come to synagogue, not to visit friends and family, not even to have guests to their own sedarim, and not to be guests at the sedarim of others.
However, given that there are parallels between this year's Passover and the very first Passover, my opening sentence may well have been said by our ancestors as they were about leave Egypt. We are told in the Haggadah that on seder night, each of us is to see ourselves as if we ourselves had left Egypt - and this year, we seem to have additional ''aids'' to help with that:
The word pesach/Passover itself comes from the angel of death's ''passing over'' our houses as the last of the plagues (!) was cast upon Egypt (Exodus 12:12). In addition to smearing lamb's blood on their doorposts, our ancestors were told that on that night ''no one shall leave through the entrance of his house until morning'' (Exodus 12:22).
Moreover, to make sure that that first Passover would be remembered not just for a long time but observed ad infinitum, G-d preceded His instructions about the blood on the doorpost and staying indoors with these words: This day shall become a remembrance for you and you shall celebrate it as a festival for the Lord throughout your generations, as an everlasting statute shall you celebrate it. (Exodus 12:14).
The Talmud relates that the Sages of old would do all sorts of things at the seder to get the attention of the children present in order to get them to ask questions. They taught that children must ask questions so that parents are better able to fulfill the commandment, ''you shall tell your child on that day...'' Long ago, the asking of questions became a necessary part of the seder ritual itself, the youngest having the privilege of beginning with''why is this night different from all other nights?''. This year, in whatever form a seder may take, the question ''why is this night different'' will certainly not be just a part of the seder ritual, nor will it be asked only by the youngest person present. This year, each of us would do well to ask it, and seek meaningful answers. To paraphrase the words of our Haggadah:
''Therefore, even if all of us were wise, all of us people of understanding, all
of us learned in Torah, it would still be our obligation to reflect on the special
meaning of Passover of 2020/5780. Moreover, whoever searches deeply into
its meaning is considered praiseworthy.''
Sheryl and I wish each of you and your families a healthy and meaningful Pesach!
- Rabbi Cary Kozberg
PLEASE NOTE THAT...
-Due to the current situation, regularly scheduled activities at the Temple will either be ''online'' or may need to be canceled. Therefore, there will be NO regular calendar for April. Temple programs will be listed in the weekly E-mail Blast.
- In lieu of the 2nd Seder at the Temple, Rabbi Kozberg will be conducting a ''virtual'' Seder (through Zoom) at 6:00 PM on Thursday night, April 9. Information how to connect:
Meeting ID: 974 181 882
By phone, dial:
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 974 181 882
Find your local number: https://us04web.zoom.us/u/fsg3HtiCT
- The Haggadah to be used will be the Haggadah used at our seders, ''A Passover Haggadah.'' Copies may be picked up at the Temple. (And...even if you don't have the necessary foods or wine, you are most welcome to ''sign in''!!)
- Rabbi Kozberg's Tuesday Adult Ed class on A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament is continuing to be held online. If you are interested in participating, please email Rabbi Kozberg (email@example.com).
- Friday evening services have begun online as well. Service leaders for April are:
April 3 ....... Cantor Bandman
April 10...... Rabbi Kozberg
April 17...... Rabbi Kozberg
April 24...... Cantor Bandman (observance of Yom HaShoa/Holocaust
Assuming we will still be refraining from congregating through April, online worship services will be scheduled with links provided in the weekly e-mail blast.
- As this situation continues, please remember that Rabbi Kozberg is available to talk and offer spiritual support to anyone who may need it. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614 214 3954.
ANNUAL MEETING - SUNDAY, MAY 3, 10:00 AM
Brunch will be served at 10:00 a.m. with the formal meeting to follow. Each committee chair will review activities from this past year with an opportunity for you to ask questions and make comments. Names will be proposed to serve a two-year term on the board. New business will be presented for discussion. You are encouraged to attend and to support Temple with your presence and your vote.
WE NOTE WITH SORROW AND MOURN THE PASSING OF...
Morrey Shifman, long-time Temple member, who passed away on March 5
May his memory be for a blessing
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
- In memory of Morrey Shifman from Char Schiff, Doug and Stephanie Paugh
- In memory of Maxine Leventhal from Doug and Stephanie Paugh, Cyndi and Mark Robertson
- In memory of my husband Jeff from Inas Sisler
- In memory of Morrey Shifman from Clark Schaefer Hackett CPA's
- In memory of Priscilla Dixon's sister from Ed and Laurie Leventhal
- In memory of Morrey Shifman from Jack and Paulette Grodner
JEFFREY D EBNER YOUTH FUND
- In memory of Jay and Laura O'Conner's beloved dog from Lyla and Harvey Bailin
- In memory of Beloved Gwen Hirschfield from Lyla and Harvey Bailin
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
APRIL 3: Fannie Dagan, Sam Friedman (father of Jay), Goldie Pommer, Charlotte M. Salzer, Mary Schuman, Louis A. Shatsky, Celia Roth Travis, Ida P. Zitsman, Hyman Draisen (father of Bernice Goldman), Ben Irwin (father of Stephanie Paugh), Sylvia Harton Wolf (mother of Fran Rickenbach)
APRIL 10: Samuel Altschul, Ben Goldman, Cecile Leider Greenland (stepmother of Jay), James R. Herron, Wolf Zitsman, Charles Sahl Stein, Yetta Miller Stein
APRIL 17: Nathan Ebner, Belle K. Freed, Harry L. Levy, Samuel Soble, Philip Friedman, Blanche Stillpass (mother of Phyllis Nedelman), Hattie Rachel Willens
APRIL 24: Mona Freed, Robert Pommer, Dorothy Rosenfield, Louis Rubinoff, Gus M. Salzer, Marilyn Schneider (mother of Larry and Bruce), Alex Leventhal (father of Ed)
MAY 1: Rae Bernstein, Joseph Block, Sharon Lee Broock, Robert M. Gold, David S. Greenland (father of Jay), Jacob Holzberg, Irene Klaben, Simon Zoav Levine, Cecile Strauss, Jacob Weinfeld, Pamela Embrey (mother of Faydra), Harry Lurie, Anne Rosenstein, Max Silverstein (father of Marvin)