21 Apr Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for First Days of Passover 5776
This Shabbat we set aside the regular parashat hashavua, our weekly Torah portion, to read the special Torah reading for the first day of Passover and then the reading for the second day the following morning. On the first day of Passover, the reading brings us back to the moment that the Israelites were actually set free from bondage. As readings go, it is extraordinarily appropriate as our goal during the seder is to feel as if we ourselves are going from slavery to freedom. The reading reminds us, however, that that feeling is meant to be with us for all eight days of Passover, not solely on the first and second nights. Perhaps the best way to have that feeling, in addition to the continued eating of matza, is being together as a community at services where we celebrate together. Our services on the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th days of Passover all begin at 9:30 am. We look forward to seeing you there!
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach,
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik