Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – March 26-27, 2021 (14 Nisan 5781)

March 26-27, 2021                         Parashat Tzav
14 Nisan 5781                                Shabbat HaGadol

What happens when we pay close attention to detail?
After all, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said: “The Divine is in the details.”

This week we read instructions to the priests for making sacrifices. First we learn that the area around the altar must be cleaned so the fire can burn all day and all night. Then we read this important detail: Aaron and his sons (the priests) are instructed to wear their ceremonial linen robes when they remove the ashes from the altar. Now wait a minute – wouldn’t their clothing get dirty during this process? Why should they wear their very best?

While the clothing of the priests might seem like an insignificant detail, our modern sensibilities tell us otherwise. Don’t we plan special outfits for special occasions like Shabbat, holidays, and life cycle events? Rabbi Gerald Kane notes that as we prepare to celebrate Pesach, this parasha offers an important message: “As we get rid of chametz as well as bad habits, we have the opportunity to pay closer attention to the details in our own lives.” We may just find the Divine in the details.

Shabbat HaGadol (The Great Shabbat) is the Shabbat immediately before Passover. The first Shabbat HaGadol took place in Egypt on 10 Nisan, five days before the Israelite Exodus.

‘Healing & Hope’ Service: Friday, March 26 at 3:00 PM
Channel 1960 or in the Synagogue (limited seating; masks must be worn at all times).

First Seder is Saturday, March 27 at 4:00 PM in the Dining Room – Reservations required
Second Seder is Sunday, March 28 at 4:00 PM in the Dining Room – Reservations required

Seders are for Residents only – unfortunately, we cannot accommodate visitors/guests.
Check your calendar and separate announcements for full schedule of Passover services.

Please join in this week’s Shabbat celebrations on Channel 1960 or in the Synagogue (limited seating; masks must be worn at all times in the Synagogue).
Friday at 4:30 PM: Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma’ariv (Evening Service) & Blessings
Saturday at 10:00 AM: Shabbat Shacharit (Morning Service) & Blessings

Candle lighting time for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 6:49 PM

Shabbat Shalom & a Zissen Pesach – a sweet holiday                                   Rabbi Sherman