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Shabbos Parshas Tetzaveh – 5775 שבת פרשת תצוה
This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Dovid Astulin in honor of the Yorzeit of his father Rav Zalman Leib. We wish him arichas yomim.
This being the Shabbat before Purim, on which we celebrate the foiling of Haman the Amalekite’s plot to destroy the Jewish people, the weekly Parshah is supplemented with the Zachor reading (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) in which we are commanded to remember the evil of Amalek and to eradicate it from the face of the earth.
“Parshat Zachor” is the second of four special readings added during or immediately before the month of Adar (the other three being “Shekalim”, “Parah” and “Hachodesh”)
Happening this week
Shabbos 9 Adar
Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe arrives in America (1940)
After a 12-day sea voyage, the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950), disembarked at the New York harbor on the 9th of Adar II of 1940, following his miraculous rescue from Nazi-occupied Warsaw.
Wednesday 13 Adar
Fast of Esther
Fast begins 5:04 AM. Fast ends 6:17 PM
A fast is observed today by all adults (i.e., over bar or bat mitzvah age) in commemoration of the three-day fast called at Esther’s behest before she risked her life to appear unsummoned before King Achashveirosh to save the Jewish people from Haman’s evil decree (as related in the Book of Esther, chapter 4). The fast also commemorates Esther’s fasting on the 13th of Adar, as the Jews fought their enemies (see “Today in Jewish History”). No food or drink is partaken of from daybreak to nightfall. Pregnant or nursing women or people in ill health are exempted from fasting.
Giving of “Half Coins”
In commemoration of the half shekel contributed by each Jew to the Holy Temple — and which the Talmud credits as having counteracted the 10,000 silver coins Haman gave to King Ahasuerus to obtain the royal decree calling for the extermination of the Jewish people — it is customary to give three coins in “half denomination” (e.g., the half-dollar coins) to charity on the afternoon of the Fast of Esther. (In many synagogues, plates are set out with silver half-dollars, so that all could purchase them to use in observance of this custom).
Thursday 14 Adar
Purim observances include:
* Reading of the Megillah (Book of Esther), which recounts the story of the Purim miracle.
* Giving to the poor (gifts of money should be given to at least two poor people).
* Sending gifts of food to friends (a minimum of two ready-to-eat foods to at least one friend).
* The Purim feast.
* Reciting the Al Hanissim prayer.
Customs include dressing up in disguising costumes and the traditional Purim food, the hamantash.
* Yossi And Sara (nee Moskovits) Geisinsky at 514 Crown St.
* Shimmy And Devorah (nee Chaiton) Korolitzky at 658 Crown St. Apt. #2
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