Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – April 2-3, 2021 (21 Nisan 5781)

April 2-3, 2021                                                                                              Saturday – Pesach Day VII
21 Nisan 5781                                                                                              Sunday – Pesach Day VIII                                                                                                                     

In our Torah reading for the seventh day of Pesach, we learn about the experiences of the Israelites after their exodus from Egypt. As they leave Egypt, Pharaoh has changed his mind and sends his army out after them. When the Israelites reach the Red Sea, Moses raises his rod, the waters part, and they are able to walk through onto dry land. The Egyptian army drowns in the Sea behind the Israelites. Miriam leads the Israelites in a song of gratitude.

Our Torah reading for the eighth day of Pesach comes from the Book of Deuteronomy. The parasha details a variety of laws: laws related to tithing, the year of release, and the release of slaves. The parasha also describes the three pilgrimage festivals, Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot.


Shabbat Meals in the Dining Room! After a year, this week we will enjoy our first Shabbat meals back in the Dining Room! We are experimenting with a new schedule: we’ll join for worship Friday at 4:00 PM, and then we’ll go into the Dining Room together for blessings and a relaxed Shabbat dinner. On Saturday, we’ll go into the Dining Room after services for blessings and lunch.


‘We Remember’ Service: Friday, April 9 at 3:00 PM, remembering Residents who passed in March
Channel 1960 (Residents Only)  or in the Synagogue – limited seating; masks must be worn at all times


Torah Study: Saturday, April 10 at 1:30 PM – This week, we’ll study Jewish Values
Limited seating in the Synagogue; masks must be worn at all times


Please join in this week’s Shabbat and Passover celebrations on Channel 1960 or in the Synagogue (limited seating). Masks must be worn at all times in the Synagogue.


Birthday Blessing This Friday night, we will offer a special blessing and Yom Huledet Sameach (Happy Birthday) for all our Residents with April birthdays.

 Friday at 4:00 PM: Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma’ariv (Evening Service) – Note new time!

Saturday at 10:00 AM: Yom Tov/Shabbat Shacharit (Morning Service)

Sunday at 10:00 AM: Yom Tov/Yizkor (Memorial Service) & Blessings


Candle lighting time for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 6:54 PM

Shabbat Shalom & Gut Yontif!                                                                                                  Rabbi Sherman