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JTNews | April 11, 2014 Passover edition

JTNews | April 11, 2014 Passover edition

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for April 11, 2014. Happy Passover!
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APRIL 11, 2014
 
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VOLUME 90, NO. 8
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Happy Passover!
May you find your own freedom this holiday
Passover coverage begins on page 16
 
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FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014
B”H
Chabad-Lubavitch of Washington State
would like to wish the entire Jewish community a Wonderful and Blessed Passover.
 A PASSOVER MESSAGE FROM THE LUBAVITCHER REBBE O.B.M.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Lubavitcher Rebbe OBM
CHABAD-LUBAVITCH PASSOVER SERVICES AND COMMUNITY SEDERS IN WASHINGTON STATE
Full information on service times and seders in your community is available at www.chabadofseattle.org.
In memory of Shmuel ben Nisan O.B.M. — Samuel Stroum — Yartzeit March 9, 2001/14 Adar 5761 Sponsored by a friend of Samuel Stroum and Chabad. For more information on any of these events and/or service times in all Washington State locations, please contact Chabad House at 206-527-1411, info@chabadofseattle.org or visit our website at www.chabadofseattle.org
a special fund for the needy has been set up at chabad for passover. if you would like to donate or know someone in need, please contact us.
Adapted from a Message for Passover by the Lubavitcher Rebbe OBM, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Shneerson from 5744, 30 years ago (5744 & 5774 are both Jewish Leap Years)
The Torah relates that on Rosh Chodesh Nissan — two weeks before the deliverance  from Egyptian enslavement our Jewish people received the first Mitzvah: Kiddush-HaChodesh, Sanctification of the New Moon, whereby the first day of each month is sanctified as “Rosh Chodesh,” in conjunction with the Molad (“rebirth”) of the moon as it reappears as a narrow crescent. Together with this came other details of our Jewish Luach (annual calendar), including Ibbur Shonim (proclaiming a Leap Year by inserting an additional month of Adar). Thus our Luach was instituted on the basis of the Lunar year (twelve lunar months), coupled with an adjustment to the Solar year by the inter-calation of an additional month after every two or three years, making that year a Jewish Leap Year (consisting of 13 months). In this way, the “accumulated” deficiency of the Lunar year relative to the Solar year is filled in, as required by the Torah that the month of Nissan — Chodesh haAviv (“Spring Month”) — be kept in the spring, as at the time of the Exodus; thereafter all our other festivals also occur in their proper season. At the same time, on the same day of Rosh Chodesh Nissan, our Jewish people were instructed by HaShem concerning the Korban-Pesach (Pesach sacrifice) and Chag HaPesach, as to how Jews are to celebrate the Festival of Our Liberation, Zman Cheiruseinu, not only as the anniversary of our deliverance  from physical slavery, but also and especially — as our Festival of Freedom in the spiritual sense, namely liberation not only  from enslavement to Mitzrayim of yore, but to all “Mitzrayims” at all times and in all places. This surely is a basic instruction in Torah (“Torah,” from the word hora’ah, meaning “instruction”), which, like all instructions of the eternal Torah, is eternal and valid at all times and wherever Jews live; certainly instructions that are connected with Pesach, the Season of Our Freedom, which is a preparation for Matan Torah and Kabbalas HaTorah (being given and accepting the Torah at Sinai and ever since).This year being a Leap Year in our Jewish Luach, it focuses attention, in tangible relevant manner, on the significance of the  first Mitzvah of Kiddush HaChodesh and Ibbur Shonim, mentioned above. Hence it provides a particularly timely occasion to reflect an the significance of our Jewish Leap  Year, which, like all Jewish matters, is, first of all, relevant to the state of Yiddishkeit, Torah and Mitzvos in our everyday life.Especially as till the first day of Nissan, the matter of a year being a leap year — is not settled, for the Beis-Din (Highest Rabbinical Court) had the prerogative to intercalate a month and make it a Leap Year.Rosh Chodesh of the Month of Geulah (Redemption) thus also brings deliverance  from the aforementioned uncertainty, and provides assurance and strength of now being ready to hear about and “take up” the Mitzvah of Pesach and Korban Pesach, and in two weeks’ time to come out of “Mitzrayim” (in all implied meanings); hence also to begin counting the days of the Omer in anticipation of receiving the Torah, etc. — Avodas HaShem (serving HaShem) in all days ahead.
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The significance of our Leap Year, as mentioned above, is closely associated with the uniqueness of our Luach (Calendar). It is based on the rule that our Jewish people count the days and the months by the moon. This means that our Luach is basically lunar, but takes into account the sun (which determines the seasons of the year), thus assuring that Pesach and all our other  festivals occur in their proper season.Now, both the sun and the moon were created “to give light upon the earth” and to serve mankind; while the task of a human being is, to quote our Sages, “I was created to ‘serve’ my Creator,” namely, to serve HaShem.There is an obvious difference between the sun and the moon in the manner of their providing light on the earth: The sun radiates its light in the same constant manner, without perceptible change from day to day. On the other hand, the moon “renews” itself (which is why the moon is also called chodesh, “new”)as it reappears, or is “reborn” (molad) at the beginning of each month, first as a narrow crescent and then becoming fuller and brighter from day to day, until it attains its complete fullness and brightness on the  fourteenth-fifteenth day of the month.In other words: The sun and the moon symbolize two different characteristics. The sun represents the element of sameness and constancy; the moon — change and renewal.Both these elements are found in Avodas HaShem (Service of G-d). And although at  first glance they appear contradictory, both of them combined together are indispensable to achieve completeness in Avodas HaShem. The explanation is as follows:There are those aspects of Avodas HaShem which are the same from day to day, without change. For instance, a Jew begins every day, immediately upon rising  from his sleep, with the declaration of Modeh Ani, acknowledging and thanking HaShem, the “Living and Eternal King,” for giving him life and fresh powers to serve Him; so is also the Mitzvah of reading the Shema, expressing total commitment to HaShem and to His commandments to the point of self sacrifice; so are the blessings and prayers which are recited every day; so also the Mitzvah of learning, and of Ahavas  Yisroel, and a host of other Mitzvos which a Jew is obligated to do each and every day. At the same time, a Jew is expected to generate a renewal and resurgence of inspiration and joy in all matters of  Yiddishkeit, particularly those that are repeated every day, so that they should be experienced as if they had been just given that day by Hashem for the first time; And an additional measure of inspiration on special days, Shabbos and Yom-Tov, etc., which are associated with additional prayers and special Mitzvos that have to be fulfilled only on those special days, such as lighting candles, making Kiddush on Shabbos and  Yom-Tov, eating Matzah during the Season of Our Freedom, and so forth. These certainly call for special inspiration and joy — so much so, that the holiness of Shabbos should be felt every day of the week, and the teachings of the festivals should be an inspiration throughout the year. Thus, for example, it is explained by our Sages that the “Season of Our Freedom” should be experienced daily, in terms of freedom from all inner and outer limitations that hinder the fullest pursuit of  Avodas HaShem wholeheartedly and with joy, being truly free.
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May HaShem grant that, as of this Rosh Chodesh Nissan and increasingly in the days ahead, everyone should deeply meditate on the topic enunciated above, as well as on the other aspects which are associated with Chag HaMatzos, the Season of Our Liberation, which, as noted above, are all relevant to everyone’s everyday life and conduct throughout the year; And may this also hasten the complete and true Geulah of every Jew and all Jews, and thereby also the true freedom of all the peoples of the world.
SHLUCHIM — REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LUBAVITCHER REBBE O.B.M., WASHINGTON STATE
Rabbi and Mrs. Sholom Ber LevitinRabbi and Mrs. Yechezkel KornfeldRabbi and Mrs. Avroham KavkaRabbi and Mrs. Mordechai FarkashRabbi and Mrs. Elazar BogomilskyRabbi and Mrs. Shmulik GreenbergRabbi and Mrs. Zalman Heber Rabbi and Mrs. Sholom Ber FarkashRabbi and Mrs. Yisroel HahnRabbi and Mrs. Eli EstrinRabbi and Mrs. Avrohom YarmushRabbi and Mrs. Cheski EdelmanRabbi and Mrs. Berel PaltielRabbi and Mrs. Avi HerbstmanRabbi and Mrs. Sholom Ber ElishevitzRabbi and Mrs. Shimon EmlenRabbi and Mrs. Yechezkel Rapoport
 
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Rabbi Elie Estrin says that Passover is the perfect time to make Judaism relevant in our lives and our children’s lives.
In defense of Jewish peoplehood 5
Carlyn Steiner, president of the local chapter of the American Jewish Committee, argues that the ultra-Orthodox stranglehold on conversion in Israel is hurting Jewish unity worldwide.
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 A demographic study has just launched to help organizations that serve our Jewish community much bet-ter understand what makes us tick.
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 A state appeals judge tossed out a suit against board members of the Olympia Food Co-op, saying the plaintiffs attempted to stifle their free speech when removing Israeli products from their shelves.
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 A national advisory committee member from the J Street pro-Israel organization spoke to a crowd about what’s needed for a peaceful solution to the ongoing Mideast conflict.
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If there are two things that go together wonderfully, it’s science and beer, and an Israeli institute is holding an event featuring both.
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 After 40 years, a scholar will return to Seattle to talk about the musical recordings she made of Seattle’s first Sephardic generation.
Celebrate Passover! 15
From pages 15–36, we’ve got recipes, Haggadot, seder tips, and even a little fiction to prepare you for the holiday.
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Two reflections on a special competition where Seattle teens showed their peers across the country a thing or two about teamwork.
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 After he retired, Phil Gerson spent a lot of his time working with people to talk through the difficulties of aging. Now he’s starting a group exclusively for men.
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