Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – April 8-9, 2022 (8 Nisan 5782)


April 8-9, 2022                                                                                                        Shabbat Metzora
8 Nisan 5782                                                                                                           Shabbat HaGadol


Our parsha describes a fast-spreading contagion so pervasive that it can change the colors of the walls of a house to a sickly green and a shameful red—the way we might feel ill (green) and embarrassed (red) when someone spreads rumors about us. The Rabbis said the description of this contagion is really a metaphor for gossip. Knowing how hurtful gossip could be, even in pre-Internet times, they even went so far as to say that gossip is the equivalent of murder. They taught that we should not repeat information if there is a chance it will damage someone’s reputation, even if that information is true. It is therefore a Jewish value to demonstrate dignity and respect even when dealing with someone who has done something wrong. Rabbi Norman Cohen reminds us that gossip can do irrevocable harm, but caring words can do amazing good.


Shabbat HaGadol

The Shabbat just before Passover is known as Shabbat HaGadol, the great Sabbath. In the special reading from the book of the Prophets, we read of the “great day” on which the Messiah will appear. This foreshadows a Pesach Seder tradition, when Elijah will visit the Seder to announce the coming of a messianic age. An old custom of reading the Haggadah on Shabbat HaGadol was designed to help people prepare for the Seder later in the week. So this is a good time for us to start practicing the Four Questions and other favorite Seder moments!


Passover is coming!

First Seder Friday, April 15 at 4:30 PM

Second Seder Saturday, April 16 at 4:30 PM

Reservations required for Residents and guests

Both Seders will be led by Rabbi Sherman and Cantor Shikler


Please join in this week’s Shabbat celebrations; services on Channel 1960 or in the Synagogue

Friday at 5:15 PM             Shabbat Blessings in the Dining Room

Friday at 6:30 PM             Shabbat Evening Service

Saturday at 10:00 AM      Shabbat Morning Service followed by Blessings in the Dining Room


Candle lighting time for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 6:58 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 7:55 PM


Shabbat Shalom                                                                                               Rabbi Sherman