April 16, 201527 Nisan 5775
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Parshat Shemini
Rachel Kapen

Dedicated in loving memory to my mother Sarah Garber on her 27th Yahrtzeit, the 28th of Nissan


Parashat Shmini is the third parasha in the Book of Yayikra, originally named Torat Kohanim and otherwise called: Leviticus, a book almost totally dedicated to the functions of the Kohanim-Priests, and  the Leviim- Levites in the Mishkan.


The word Shmini means eighth, and it is taken from the first passuk-sentence; ' and it came to pass on the eighth day..." Why the eight day, thus we are reminded of last week's Parashat Tzav, 8:33 where we read: and ye shall not go out the door of the Tent of Meeting (Ohel Moed) seven days until the days of your consecration be fulfilled for He shall consecrate you seven days". The Hertz Chumash explains these seven days of isolation for the Kohanim in that the Kohanim have to avoid contracting impurity and to prevent diversion by worldly matters. Throughout their week of consecration mind and heart were to be consecrated upon the solemnity and importance of the office they are entering".

But the question can be asked: why are they ready only in the eighth day? Could there be a connection to the eighth day of the Brit Millah when a  newborn is becoming officially a Jewish child? This is a point worth pondering. It is remindful of my unforgettable teacher  Torah commentary  teacher Nehama Leibowich who used to encourage us to come up with our own commentaries while reminding us that all these great commentators such as Rashi, Ramban , Malbim, etc. that she presented to us in her own inimitable way, were after all "basar va'dam " - flesh and blood, just like us, her young students.


Parashat Shmini also recounts the job- related tragic death of two of Aharon's sons, Nadav and Avihu, leaving only 3 members in the Priesthood, namely; Aharon, Elazar, and Itamar.


A whole chapter of Shmini, Chapter 11, is dedicated to Dietary Laws, the Laws of Kashrut. These laws repeat themselves  in the book of Devarim Chapter 14.  God delivered b'nai Israel from slavery so they become Kedoshim and keeping the Laws of kashrut is an integral part of it. The great Middle Ages physician-philosopher- commentator  Rambam-Maimonides  said:  The Dietary Laws train us in the mastery over our appetites; they accustom us to restrain both of the and disposition to consider pleasure of eating and drinking as the end of man's existence". Simply put, eat to live and not live to eat.


The parasha exhorts the People of Israel ; ' for I am the Lord your God, sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy, in Hebrew: Vi'hiyitem kedoshim ki kadosh ani. In later days, the word: kedoshim also acquired the meaning of: martyrs, those Jews who died on the sanctification of HaShem. The six million of our fellow Jews who who were murdered in the Shoah are called; kedoshim.

Could it possibly be that God forsaw this colossal devastation which was to befall his Chosen People?

As we observe yom HaShoah on the 27th day of Nissan, this painful question is worth pondering.

Mazel Tov 
Happy Birthday!

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 16 Jonathan Abramson

 18 Karen Rosen

 20 Cheryl Berlin

 21 Rachel Kapen

 21 Jeffrey Lupovitch

 21 Cooper Myers

 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 Miry Sirlin

 30 Nathan Soverinsky

Jewish Wedding



 19 Louis & Sally Soverinsky

 27  Michael & Carol Golob

If your birthday or anniversary information is not listed, please email the synagogue so we can update our records.
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Friday, April 17th

6 p.m., Chapel

Saturday, April 18th

9 a.m., Sanctuary

D'var Torah will be delivered by Cheryl Berlin.

10 a.m.  Supervised Youth Room

Kiddush Lunch is sponsored by the following Kiddush Lunch Bunch families: Joanna and Jay Abramson, Alissa Citron and Jeff Lupovitch, Cathy and Michael Graub, Renee and Jay Kozlowski, Paula Levy and Itzhak Elrom, Matt and Lori Orel and Karen and Howard Rosenberg.


Kiddush Lunch each week is sustained by the generosity of sponsors If you would like to become part of a sponsoring lunch group, please e-mail Mindy Shuback.  Donations to the Kiddush Lunch Fund can also be made directly to the synagogue.

Housing Needed for Shabbat observant family of 3 (2 adults, 22 year old daughter)who will be in town for a family bar mitzvah. Must be within walking distance of Temple Shir Shalom for Friday night, May 8th through the end of Shabbat May 9th.  Please e-mail Nancy Kaplan if you are able to host this family.
Early Bird Pricing until March 15th. 


Youth of all ages will be participating in and leading the service.  We will be honoring our graduating high school seniors and presenting them with a special gift during the course of the service. Please click here to submit your student's information to the synagogue office.

torahTeen D'var Torah Cafe (8-12 graders) and Shabbat Children's Workshop (ages 7-12) with Ramah Fellow, Sam Mellits.
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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Sisterhood Corner
Book Club books
Click here for list of books and dates.  Thank you to Lori Orel and Shelley Fenyes for organizing Book Club.  Your suggestions are welcome.

Shabbat Morning, April 25th
We officially welcome our newly formed Sisterhood to our congregation with their participation during Shabbat Morning Services.e-mail Sandy and Cheryl if you wish to participate in the service.

Sunday, May 3rd, 1-3 p.m., Congregation B'nai Moshe
Interfaith Event:Tectonic Leadership: How to have cool conversations on hot topics.Click here for complete event flyer.  RSVP To Ellen Starr:  248-752-6782 or sisterhoodcbmwb@gmail.com.

Shabbat morning study with Dr. Mitch Parker: 
"Reflections on the Siddur:  Hallel, Birkat Hamazon and Beyond." Lower level.
Future dates: 4/18 (10:30), 4/25 (10:45), 5/9, 5/23.

SNL Back by Popular Demand . . . 
Saturday Night Learning
beginning April 18th, 7:30 p.m. 
at the home of Cheryl and Mitch Parker.  Please e-mail the Parkers if you plan to attend.  Location changes weekly, so watch your bulletin for information and to rsvp.
Volunteer will lead a text based discussion each week on the topic of his/her choosing.  The evening will close with Maariv and Havdalah.  Everyone is welcome! Subjects are self-contained, so you can join any week you would like and not worry about "missing out" on material from the previous week. 

May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 


4/8/2015 (19 Nisan)

Shmuel Muchkies

4/11/2015 (22 Nisan)

Julius Abramson

4/14/2015 (25 Nisan)

Ida (Huddle) Band

Lottie Kwiatek

Max Fischel

4/15/2015 (26 Nisan)

Sara Garber

4/17/2015 (28 Nisan)

Sara Garber

4/21/2015 (2 Iyar)

Avraham Gershon Wygoda 

Devorah Leah Wygoda
4/22/2015 (3 Iyar)

Anne Altshuler

Marty Apple

4/24/2015 (5 Iyar)

Allen Charlupski

Lillian Ruth Levin

Lillian Sonenshein

Aaron Wineberg

4/25/2015 (6 Iyar)

Max Nusbaum
4/26/2015 (7 Iyar)

Irving Victor
4/27/2015 (8 Iyar)

Imre Erdos, 

Sarah Kurland Fridenberg

Edith Miller

4/28/2015 (9 Iyar)

Robert Perry Schloss

4/29/20 (10 Iyar)

Gabor Fenyes

Marc Silverman

4/30/2015 (11 Iyar)

Avrum Greenbaum

Gertrude Greenbaum

Evelyn Graub

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