Shabbos HaChodesh (“Sabbath [of the] month” החודש שבת) precedes the first of the Hebrew month of Nisan during which Pesach is celebrated. Exodus 12:1-20 and the laws of Pesach are read as the maftir aliyah, along with a special haftorah. On the first day of Nisan, Hashem presented the first commandment of how to “sanctify the new moon” (kiddush hachodesh) for the onset of Rosh Chodesh and thus Nisan becomes the first month of the Jewish year (counting by months). This special reading helps to prepare us for Pesach.
Join Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Congregation for a joint program with Musar Avicha Shul of Ma’aleh Adumim, Israel, in honor of Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Remembrance Day).
Mark & Harriet Levin will lead a discussion about their son Michael’s life. Michael made Aliyah from Philadelphia in 2002 and joined the I.D.F. Michael Levin was 22 years old when he fell fighting for the country he loved. Michael’s memory and courage live on in the thousands of lone soldiers who continue down the path he set, and the Lone Soldier Center his parents established in their son’s memory.