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Shabbos Information
This week`s Torah chapter is Tazria/Metzora

This Friday, April 20 Mincha will be at 7:25 PM

Candle lighting will be at 7:19 PM

Kidush is sponsored by Val and Julia Korneyev to thank Hashem for all his blessings.

Mincha on Shabbos, April 21 will be at 7:10 PM

Shabbos ends at 8:40 PM
Gavriel Lev Trilisky
April 20
Shifra Dimarsky
April 23
Moshe Tokarskiy
April 25
Meir Yehuda Dimarsky
April 25
Polina Freydin
April 25
Parsha in a Nutshell

The Parshahs of Tazria and Metzora continue the discussion of the laws of tumah v’taharah, ritual impurity and purity.

A woman giving birth should undergo a process of purification, which includes immersing in a mikvah (a naturally gathered pool of water) and bringing offerings to the Holy Temple. All male infants are to be circumcised on the eighth day of life.

Tzaraat (often mistranslated as “leprosy”) is a supra-natural plague, which can afflict people as well as garments or homes. If white or pink patches appear on a person’s skin (dark pink or dark green in garments or homes), a kohen is summoned. Judging by various signs, such as an increase in size of the afflicted area after a seven-day quarantine, the kohen pronounces it tamei (impure) or tahor (pure).

A person afflicted with tzaraat must dwell alone outside of the camp (or city) until he is healed. The afflicted area in a garment or home must be removed; if the tzaraat recurs, the entire garment or home must be destroyed.

When the metzora (“leper”) heals, he or she is purified by the kohen with a special procedure involving two birds, spring water in an earthen vessel, a piece of cedar wood, a scarlet thread and a bundle of hyssop.

Ritual impurity is also engendered through a seminal or other discharge in a man, and menstruation or other discharge of blood in a woman, necessitating purification through immersion in a mikvah.

Shabbos Halacha

Introduction to Separating Challa

Although challa refers to the two loaves of bread (or matza) over which we say the ha`motzi blessing at Shabbat and Jewish festival meals, challa also means the portion of dough or bread that we are obligated to give to the cohen/priests during Temple times. Today, we burn a token portion (“challa”) of dough.

Burning the challa is not considered to violate bal tashchit (needless destruction), since the challa is separated and destroyed to fulfill a mitzva.

Source: practicalhalacha.com

Something Different

In celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday, there have been many videos and articles circulating which give us well-deserved reasons to be proud of Israel and the people building it.

Here’s something off-the-beaten-path which I haven’t seen on any birthday lists.

If you Google ‘best self-defense’ or the like, you will get a number of lists ranking various martial arts and self-defense philosophies. With familiar names such as Jiu Jitsu, Taekwondo and Judo hailing from places like Korea and Japan, there’s one which is not like the others. The Israeli-born Krav Maga makes all of the top lists and for good reasons.

Whereas other forms of martial arts were developed as an art and discipline, Krav Maga’s primary purpose is to disable the attacker as quickly and efficiently as possible. The creator of Krav Maga, Imi Lichtenfeld, grew up in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. His father exposed him to various forms of martial arts at a young age. As the Jewish community was increasingly threatened in the years prior to World War II, Imi incorporated techniques from these disciplines and developed and taught this new self-defense style to the Jews in his community. When he immigrated to Israel, he began teaching Krav Maga to what would eventually become the Israeli Defense Forces.

Krav Maga is now recognized as one of the foremost self-defense systems and taught all over the world including in the Armed Forces.

This week's Torah reading


After giving birth to a son, a mother was not permitted to enter the Sanctuary for 40 days; if she had borne a daughter, the period was 80 days. At the termination of this period, the mother brought burnt and sin offerings to the Sanctuary and was then considered ritually clean once again.

Anyone who contracted the disease of Tzora'as (similar to leprosy) was not allowed to enter the Sanctuary. Consequently, when one's skin color indicated that he might have the disease, the priest examined him.

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