Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – March 11-12 , 2022 (9 Adar II 5782)

March 11-12, 2022                                                                                                 Shabbat Vayikra
9 Adar II 5782                                                                                                         Shabbat Zachor


This week we read instructions for the animal and grain sacrifices the Israelites made in ancient times. The term sacrifice comes from a Latin word meaning “to make holy.” In Hebrew, the word for sacrifice is korban, meaning “to bring close.” The people made sacrifices as a way of drawing nearer to the Holy One. After the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, people could no longer make sacrifices. It was then the rabbis taught that the way to draw closer to the Holy One was to act holy—specifically, to perform acts of lovingkindness toward others.


Shabbat Zachor is the second of four special Shabbatot before Pesach. We remember Amalek’s cowardly attack on the weak and weary Israelites as they traveled in the wilderness. We are commanded to blot out the name of Amalek, just as we blot out the name of Haman on Purim.


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

Friday at 4:15 PM:         Shabbat Evening Service followed by Blessings in the Dining Room

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


Purim is Coming!! Purim is on the 14th of Adar II – Thursday, March 17, 2022
Get your Purim costume ready!! We’ll celebrate with a Megillah Reading at 10:00 AM and Purim Festival 2:00-3:00 PM. Wear a costume, and come vote for your favorite staff costume!


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!


New Time for Shabbat Services!!

Beginning Friday, March 18 (after Daylight Savings Time), our Shabbat evening services will be Fridays at 6:30 PM. That evening we will celebrate our Residents with March birthdays.


Candle lighting time for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 5:37 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 6:33 PM


Shabbat Shalom                                                                                               Rabbi Sherman