April 4, 2013
24 Nisan 5773
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Parshat Shemini.
Upcoming Community Events/TKA/BI Joint Opportunities
Learning Opportunities
Caring Community Information
Parshat Shemini
Rabbi Joseph Prouser

Parashat Shemini, describes what occurred following the seven-day process of priestly ordination, the eighth day. The altar was used for the first time by the newly authorized priests. Moses and Aaron together bless the assembled Israelites. The people respond to the divine fire which demonstrates that the sacrifices have been accepted with shouts of joy and worship.

Following this auspicious beginning to the efforts of the Israelite priesthood, Aaron's sons, Nadav and Avihu, offer ill-defined - and ill-advised - "alien fire" before God. The errant priests are consumed in divine fire - the malignant equivalent of the fire which earlier consumed Israel's first sacrifices as an indicator of divine favor and approval. Moses offers a brief, somewhat cryptic, poetic message of consolation to his bereaved brother. Aaron responds with absolute silence to his devastating loss. The remains of the stricken priests are removed from the Sanctuary by their priestly cousins. Aaron and his surviving sons, in keeping with their unique obligations as priests, are adjured not to mourn in the usual manner.

God addresses Aaron, commanding him and all future priests serving at the altar to refrain from drinking wine or other intoxicant. Wine is deemed an impediment to the priestly mission of distinguishing "between the sacred and the profane, between the unclean and the clean" as well as the priestly duty of transmitting God's commandments to the Israelite community.

After a brief set of instructions regarding the meal, wave, and sin offerings, Shemini offers the Torah's fundamental basis for the Dietary Laws. Forbidden and permitted species among land animals (split hooved ruminants are permitted), fish (those with fins and scales are permitted), and birds (no distinguishing physical characteristic are specified, though a lengthy list is provided), as well as "winged swarming things" - insects. This discussion of food stuffs is followed by a corollary prescription of ritual impurity and its transfer from forbidden - i.e. impure or "unclean" - animals, by means of, for example, physical contact or carrying.

The parashah concludes with a critical statement of the purpose of the ritual requirements that have been detailed: "I, the Lord, am your God. You shall sanctify yourselves and be holy, for I am holy." The centrality of this message is reinforced by the fact that Parashat Shemini is identified by the Masoretes as including the very center of the Torah: the customarily majuscule gimel of gachon in 11:14, if counting by letters... or the imperative infinitive darosh darash [customarily the last and first words of consecutive lines] in 10:16, if counting by words. The Masoretic note on 10:16 is a studious play on words: darosh darash - zeh chatzi ha-Torah: "'to investigate thoroughly' - this is half of the Torah."


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May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 

April Yahrtzeits

4/2/2013 (22 Nisan)             

Shmuel Muchkies

4/3/2013 (23 Nisan)             

Julius Abramson

4/6/2013 (26 Nisan)             

Ida (Huddle) Band

Lottie Kwiatek

4/8/2013 (28 Nisan)             

Sara Garber

4/12/2013 (2 Iyar)                

Avraham Gershon Wygoda

Devorah Leah Wygoda

4/13/2013 (3 Iyar)                

Anne Altshuler

4/15/2013 (5 Iyar)                

Allen Charlupski

Lillian Ruth Levin

Lillian Sonenshein

Aaron Wineberg

4/17/2013 (7 Iyar)                

Irving Victor

4/18/2013 (8 Iyar)                

Sarah Kurland Fridenberg

4/19/2013 (9 Iyar)                

Robert Perry Schloss

4/20/2013 (10 Iyar)              

Gabor Fenyes

Marc Silverman

4/21/2013 (11 Iyar)              

Avrum Greenbaum

Gertrude Greenbaum

4/22/2013 (12 Iyar)              

Evelyn Graub

Karen Waldman

4/25/2013 (15 Iyar)              

Marilyn Soverinsky

4/28/2013 (18 Iyar)              

Sylvia Isaacs

4/29/2013 (19 Iyar)              

Rabbi Moshe Funk

4/30/2013 (20 Iyar)              

Pearl Mirkin

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Shabbat Services: Shemini

Friday, April 5th

6 p.m. Services, Chapel
Shabbat Table

Saturday, April 6th

9 a.m. Services, Sanctuary
This Shabbat we warmly welcome Rabbi Jill Cozen Harel to our community.

Kiddush Lunch is sponsored by two anonymous donors.

Kiddush Lunch is available through the generosity of weekly sponsors.  Please e-mail or call the synagogue office if you would like to sponsor a kiddush lunch.  You may also make a donation to the synagogue specifically for the Kiddush Lunch Fund by clicking here.    


We mourn the passing during Passover of Esther Manko.  Esther was a friend to all of us and considered B'nai Israel her family.  She will be missed by all of us. May her memory always be a blessing.

Upcoming Youth and Family Activities
For a calendar of Kadima events for the remainder of the school year, click here. For more information, contact Shira or Marni:kadima@bnaiisraelwb.org.   
Upcoming Youth Services  

Supervised Youth Activities,  Room 3, lower level 

April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th supervised youth activities, lower level.

To stay current on all youth and family activities, contact Ilana Glazier  to join the B'nai Israel Families Facebook Group.

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(9-12 graders) AND 
APRIL 11-14, 
Upcoming Community Events
TKA/BI Joint Opportunities 


Laurel Park Place, Livonia
April 21-28, 2013
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  For more information or to volunteer, please visit 
or call 248-645-7840, ext. 365

  Book Club
BOOK CLUB (Adults)

Book Club meets on the third Sunday of every month. All are welcome. 

NEXT MEETING:  Sunday, April 21st

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (memoir)

KNITTING has returned!
Not a knitter?  All stitchers are welcome.  Bring your
needlepoint, crochet hook or cross stitch and join the group. 
There is no charge to attend. Knitting1

7 PM at the TKA/BI building.  

FUTURE DATES:  4/24/ 5/21, 6/10

Just drop-in! No registration required.  For more information, e-mail Gail Raben.



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for more information. 
Learning Opportunities   
Siddur Appreciation/Learning 
with Dr. Mitch Parker 
This class is held on Shabbat mornings in the lower level, Room 9. 
April 20th, 11 a.m.        April 27th, 10 a.m.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Erev Shavuot, Tuesday May 14th
All-night study sessions led by local rabbis and Jewish educators begin after maariv and conclude with a dawn shacharit service.  All are welcome.  Details coming soon!

Caring Community Information

Refuah Sh'leimah/Wishing a Speedy Recovery

Please e-mail Michael Golob or call the synagogue:  248-432-2729 if you wish to add a name to our communal list.  
Our caring community reaches out to one another in a variety of ways.  We welcome our new members warmly with a special visit and gift.  We provide shiva minyan leaders.  We call/visit/provide meals for members who are ill or home-bound, bring a home-cooked shiva meal to mourners in our community, and help to drive members who need a ride to synagogue services and events.  If you would like to help in any way, please call or 
Mazel Tov 
April Birthdays
Happy Birthday!

 2  Daniel Serlin

 3  Mitch Parker

 3  Louis Wonboy

 4  Stephen Jacobson

 4  Tillie Silverman

 5  Deborah Balkin

 5  Michael Dorfman

 7  Arnold Berlin

 8  Oscar Band

 9  Nancy Kaufman

12 Brianna Dines


12 Arica Jacobson

13 Regina Meisler

13 Matthew Orel

15 Denise Cooley

15 Eli Eisman

16 Jonathan Abramson

16 Jack Friedman

18 Karen Rosen

20 Cheryl Berlin

21 Rachel Kapen

21 Jeffrey Lupovitch

22 Marvin Finkelstein

24 Elianna Orel

26 Evan Chudnow

26 Marvin Kozlowski

27 Noel Lawson

27 Adam Weingarden

27 Shira Wolf

30 Charles Seigerman

30 Nathan Soverinsky


April Anniversaries
Jewish Wedding

 1  Billy & Edith Wolok

 4  Martin & Sheila Kurland

 5  Vern & Karen Gordon

19  Louis & Sally Soverinsky

27  Michael & Carol Golob

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