* Please remember to reserve your place for Purim Improv if you plan to atttend!
Here is our weekly "5-Point Parasha", a short list of what we are enjoying or pondering, as it relates to life and Torah.
Gleanings on parashat Tetzaveh from Rabbi Sherril:
Connection is a theme of this week’s reading. Tetzaveh means “you shall command” and also “you shall teach connection”. The words tetzaveh and mitzvah come from the same root. And the word mitzvah is related to the Aramaic word tzavta, meaning to connect, attach or join. Therefore, we can think about a mitzvah not just as an action but as a process, one that connects the person doing the good deed with the good deed itself and its outcome. In performing a mitzvah, a sacred, spiritual bond is formed, the material world is transformed, and it is said that a new guardian angel is created.
Rabbi Sherril shares a teaching from her beloved teacher Rabbi Victor Gross, of Boulder CO:
Each Shabbos I await the Divine imperative of the sedrah. What is the action directive that awaits me that comes forth from Sinai? I prep by study, and by today I'm just finished with the words and await the voice or the sound that hopefully will be the result of a mind-heart dialogue. Well, sometimes one can't get by the first pasuk of the sedra. That word, "Command" gets me every time. I don't like being told what to do. I would prefer to think of command in the light of an insight the last Lubavitcher Rebbe makes when he connects tetzaveh/command to the word tzava/connection. My essence should command to be connected to the people. Rabbi Asher Horowitz taught that tetzaveh is an acronym of tza'akas hadal takshiv, v'toshe'ah: "the painful cry of the poor will be heard and they will be helped." There is so much impoverishment today: the struggle to stay in a house, the loss of jobs, loss of health care benefits, and on and on. So let's all hear the cry of impoverishment - spiritual and materiel - and know that the Divine imperative is telling us not to wait for GD to provide, or the government, but our own loving heart should respond and offer help.
A teaching from Reb Mimi Feigelson about Shabbat Zachor, which is read right before Purim and which is one of four special Shabbatot before Pesach:
The Shabbat before Purim is called Shabbat Zachor - the Sabbath of Remembering. Shabbat Zachor is our guide to understanding the essence of the day, the seizing of life as it manifests itself. That is also why the Zohar, the mystical Book of Splendour, tells us that Purim is the most holy day of the year, one that surpasses even Yom Kippur. It is a day that reveals not who we aren't or could have been, but rather who we are becoming and how we manifest in the world. This Shabbat also asks us to sit in the space of "know where you come from and know to where you are going." Its special Torah reading begins with the word zachor/remember, and concludes with the words lo tishkach/do not forget. As we start to think about Pesach, Shabbat Zachor is an invitation to consider that preparing for leaving our internal mitzrayim/Egypt begins with remembering where we come from - what we have inherited from our past - and promising not to forget our ability to create where we are going to, the ultimate act of our legacy to the world.
Rabbi Schachar shares Rabbi Dr Shaul Magid's article on the Dark Side of Purim:
It is recommended not to miss the story at the end.
Rabbi Schachar shares a quote that may not be helpful in the way intended, but may be a good preparation for Purim:
"Drink Corona beer to protect yourselves from the Corona virus" - The Ashlag Rebbe
Announcements & Upcoming @MOS --
* Purim Comedy Improv, March 10, 6:30 pm, also featuring a potluck seuda, crafty cocktails and magnificent mocktails (cash bar), @5215 Grand Boulevard, Tickets: $18, subsidies available, limited space, reservations via MOS website required by March 6.
* Shabbat Mindfulness Meditation Circle, March 14, 4-5:30 pm, with Gina Rubinsky, 5215 Grand Boulevard.
* Friday Night Service - Every Third Friday of the Month.
* New/Old-school service every fourth Saturday of the month.
* Cantor Heather will be raising money for Auberge Shalom by reading Megillah this Purim. Here is a link to pledge your support:
* Let us know if you have something that you would like us to include in the 5-Point Parasha (by Wednesday of the week)
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