Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – March 4-5 , 2022 (2 Adar II 5782)

March 4-5, 2022                                                                                                     Shabbat Pekudei
2 Adar II 5782                                                                                       


Moses requests donations for the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and the people bring their gold, silver, jewelry and linens. According to a midrash (legend), the people wonder whether they can trust Moses with their valuables. The midrash suggests that the text itself (“These are the records of the Tabernacle…”)  implies that a public accounting has already taken place. Rabbi Jill Jacobs teaches that we should expect the same from leaders in our own time: “a full accounting of every penny, every political interest, and every personal consideration that compromises the public good.” Do you agree that our leaders should be accountable in this way?

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

Friday at 4:15 PM:         Shabbat Evening Service with Rabbi 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


On Shabbat morning, we will welcome guests from Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach. Rabbi Miriam Philips, middle school students, their teacher and their parents will join our community.


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 5:32 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 6:28 PM


Shabbat Shalom                                                                                               Rabbi Sherman