Purim 2018

From Rabbi Smason on Purim

With the festive holiday of Purim fast approaching, I’m writing to remind you of the time-sensitive mitzvah of Matanos L’Evyonim — tzedaka (charity) to the poor. For many years, we at NHBZ have collected Matanos L’Evyonim in conjunction with the worthy organization Od Yosef Chai.

Our special arrangement with Od Yosef enables me to distribute locally half of all money collected. The remaining half supports our Jewish brethren in Jerusalem and elsewhere. All money pledged and collected for Matanos L’Evyonim is distributed on Purim. This year, Purim takes place on February 28-March 1.

Your donation of $10, $18, $36, $54, $100 – or whatever amount you care to give— will make a significant difference to those in need, and enable you to fulfill the precious Purim mitzvah of Matanos L’Evyonim. Checks can be made out to ‘Rabbi’s Charity Fund’ by Monday, February 26.

PURIM Schedule 2018/5778

Wednesday, February 28
Fast of Esther begins- 5:23 am
Shachris at 6:45 am
Mincha at 5:20 pm
Ma’ariv at 6:35 pm
Reading of (Megillah)
Megillas Esther at 6:45 pm

Thursday, March 1
Shachris at 6:30 am
Reading of (Megillah)
Megillas Esther at approximately 7:00 am.
Mincha at 5:00 pm

PURIM SEUDAH (Dinner) 5:15 pm

Join us for our Purim Seudah, costume ball, and talent contest!
Adults: $15.00, Kids 6-10: $10.00, $45.00 Family Max. Kids 5 & under: Free
Reservations are a MUST ~ Call 314-991-2100 ext 2 or email jeff@nhbz.org
~ Become a Purim Seudah Sponsor for $25.00

Purim Cards…

Fulfill the mitzvah of Mishloach Manos give actual gifts of food to at least two friends, then send our PURIM CARDS to everyone else. All proceeds will benefit our NHBZ Chesed Fund. Cards may be purchased in our office at $10.00 per pack for 5 cards with envelopes, or $25 for three 5-packs.


This coming Wednesday night/ Thursday is the holiday of Purim. Purim is arguably the most joyous holiday on the Jewish calendar. If you would only have one day a year to attend synagogue, Purim might be that day. Purim is celebrated with the ‘Four Ms’ — in the following 4 ways:

  1. Megilla: On Purim we read the Book of Esther, which recalls the attempt of the evil Haman (boo!) to wipe out the Jews of Persia.
  2. Mishloach Manos: We send gifts of food to friends and relatives …at least two ready-to-eat food items in each package, delivered by a proxy. The joy of the day increases as we send and receive.
  3. Matanos L’Evyonim: We don’t forget those with less . . . at least 2 gifts of money and/or food to the poor on Purim day.
  4. Mishteh: The merry, merry meal on Purim day . . . an easy mitzvah to fulfill.

Purim represents the height of joy — so enjoy!

PURIM IS here – please Consider BECOMING A SPONSOR OF THE PURIM SEUDAH (DINNER) FOR $25 – contact the office ~ Thank you to our sponsors so far: Don & Julie Eisenberg, Bob & Joni Kaiser, Howard & Phyllis Loiterstein, Dr. David & Fran Reisler, Alan & Janet Haber, Jay & Peggy Umansky, Murray & Joyce Hochberg, Irwin & Arlene Fredman, Andy & Ellen Berg, Jacob & Judy Levin, Lenny & Fran Alper, Leonid & Stella Vladimirov, and Kenny & Barb Bressler

Parshas: Tetzaveh

Parshas: Tetzaveh

This week’s portion is a haberdasher’s dream. Following on the heels of the elaborate details of the construction of the Mishkan, G-d describes to Moses the special garments which are to be worn by the Kohanim during their service. The ordinary Kohanim would wear four special garments, while four additional vestments were to be worn exclusively by the Kohen Gadol (High Priest). All of these garments were woven and crafted from materials donated by the people. The Torah portion then shifts its attention to G-d’s commandments regarding the inauguration ritual for the newly constructed Mishkan, to be performed exclusively by Moses for seven days. The inauguration included Moses’ adorning and anointing the Kohanim, and his bringing offerings. On the eighth day, Aaron and his sons would assume their offices as the Kohanim. After then describing the daily offering to be brought in the Mishkan, in the morning and afternoon, the portion concludes with the command to build the last of the Mishkan’s structures, the golden altar upon which the incense would be offered twice daily.

Parshas: Terumah

Parshas: Terumah

Exodus Parshas Terumah begins a series of four out of five portions which discuss in detail the construction of the Mishkan, the traveling Tabernacle which would serve as a ‘resting place’ for G-d’s presence among the Jewish people. This week’s portion recounts G-d’s description to Moses of how to construct the Mishkan, beginning with a listing of the various precious materials to be collected from the Jewish people for this monumental project. G-d describes the magnificent golden and wooden Ark which would house the tablets of the Ten Commandments, complete with its dazzling cover depicting two cherubim (angels with faces of children) facing each other. Next, G-d provides Moses with the blueprints of the shulchan (holy table) upon which the lechem hapanim (showbread) would be placed each week. Following the description of the pure golden menorah which was to be hammered from one large piece of gold, G-d describes the structure of the Mishkan itself. It contained splendidly woven and embroidered covers, curtains and partitions, and the sturdy outer walls. The Torah portion concludes with instructions for the copper altar and the Mishkan’s large outer courtyard.

Parshas: Yisro

Parshas: Yisro

The weekly portion begins with Moses’ father-in-law, Yisro, arriving at the Jewish people’s camp in the desert, where he is greeted warmly by a large entourage. Yisro was inspired to join them when he heard about all of the wonders and miracles which G-d performed for the Jewish people during the Exodus from Egypt. Upon witnessing Moses serving as the people’s sole judge from dawn until dusk, Yisro declares that this system will never work. He therefore suggests that subordinate judges be appointed to adjudicate the smaller cases. Moses agrees to this plan. The Jewish people arrive at Mt. Sinai and prepare to receive the Torah. Moses ascends the mountain and G-d tells him to convey to the people that they will be to Him a treasure from among the nations.

After three days of preparation the moment of revelation finally arrives. Amid thunder, lightning and the sound of the shofar, G-d descends upon the mountain and proclaims — with the entire Jewish people listening — the Ten Commandments. Referred to in Hebrew as the Aseres HaDibros, a more accurate translation would be the Ten Sayings or the Ten Statements.

One noteworthy feature of the revelation is that both before and since Sinai, no nation has ever made the claim that G-d spoke to an entire nation of millions of individuals. Moses then ascends the mountain to receive the remainder of the Torah from G-d, both the written and oral segments. The portion concludes with several mitzvos concerning the construction of the altar in the Temple.

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