Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – February 25-26, 2022 (25 Adar I 5782)


February 25-26, 2022                                                                                                        Shabbat Vayakhel
25 Adar I 5782                                                                                                                      Shabbat Shekalim

                                                                                                                                                    Shabbat Mevarkhim haChodesh

Shabbat Vayakhel

Our ancestors received specific instructions for the construction of the mishkan (portable sanctuary). People contributed what they could, according to their skill. Each person was to contribute something, and the entire community had to work together. Only by giving their best and by working together could they complete the project and ensure that the Holy One would “dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8). What can we bring and how can we work together to ensure the Presence of the Holy One?


Shabbat Shekalim
This is the first of four special Shabbatot before Pesach. The Torah portion includes a description of the obligation of every Israelite man to contribute a half shekel. This contribution supported the needs of the mishkan (portable sanctuary) and also served as a census of Israelite men.


Shabbat Mevarkhim HaChodesh
This Shabbat we bless the new month of Adar II, which will begin Wednesday night and Thursday.

For every 19 years on the Jewish calendar, there are 7 leap years. In those 7 years, we add an extra month: we add Adar I, and the regular Adar becomes Adar II. Purim falls during the month of Adar. During leap years, we celebrate Purim in Adar II. Next week we will enter Adar II so get your Purim costume ready!!


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

(limited seating; masks required)

Friday at 4:15 PM:              Shabbat Evening Service with Rabbi Sherman & Ellie Sherman

Shabbat Blessings in the Dining Room following the Service

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


Mi she-nichnas Adar marbim b’simcha—when Adar arrives, joy increases.” (Talmud Ta’anit 29a)

This is the month of Adar, and the Rabbis said that this month we have to find joy 😊

Are you celebrating a simcha (joyous occasion)? Do you have a new grandchild, a new great-grandchild, or some other good news to share? Tell me all about it! I will announce your simcha at services, and we’ll broadcast it on the big screens throughout the building. Mazel tov!


Candle lighting time for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 5:26 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 6:22 PM

Shabbat Shalom                                                                                                                                Rabbi Sherman