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FROM RABBI TUCKER

April 7, 2018 Like Bread on the Seder Plate – Yizkor Passover 5778 by Rabbi Tucker 

Right before Pesach 1944 the Jews of Rotterdam, Netherlands, were deported to Bergen-Belsen along with Rabbi Aharon Davids.  Though they wanted to refrain from eating Hametz, there was no alternative source of nourishment at the concentration camp.  When their rabbi conducted the Seder and they arrived at the blessing for eating Matza, he reached over, picked up a slice of bread, and prayed:

Our father in Heaven, You know that it is our desire to do your will and we wish to celebrate Pesach, to eat Matza and to observe the prohibition on Hametz.  Yet that is what causes our hearts to ache, for the enslavement prevents us and our lives are in danger.

So we prepare ourselves to perform the mitzvah of “‘You shall live by them’ (Leviticus 18:5). – ‘To live’ – by the laws, not to die by them” (Babylonian Talmud Yoma 85a)….So we pray to you to keep us alive and redeem us swiftly – so we may observe your laws and do your will and serve you with a complete integrity of the heart.

“Amen” answered the congregation, as they fulfilled the mitzvah of eating Matzah.  [They fulfilled this mitzvah by eating] bread.

                                                 -From A Night to Remember by Mishael Zion and Noam Zion

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Rabbi Tucker's Wednesday Morning Bible Class:
This class meets weekly, on Wednesdays, from 10:00 am -11:00 am in the youth lounge. 
Bible Class Spring Syllabus

Bible Class Schedule:

March 28  NO CLASS

April 4  Judaism and the Afterlife 1 

April 11 Judaism and the Afterlife 2 

April 18 Judaism and the Afterlife 3 

April 25 NO CLASS 

May 2  Learning Related to Shavuoth

May 9  NO CLASS 

May 16 Learning Related to Shavuoth

May 23  Class Choice      

May 30  Class Choice

June 6   CLOSING LUNCH

 

Rabbi Tucker's Wednesday Night Exodus Class

This class meets on Wednesdays, at 8pm in the youth lounge. 

March 21

Class Description

Thu, April 19 2018 4 Iyyar 5778