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OZ Weekly - Mishpatim 5781 + More....

02/14/2021 06:34:13 PM


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Office Update

Over the last weekend a burst pipe in the back of the Social Hall leaked into our main office. The heavy snowfall largely prevented us from getting rapid assistance, but thankfully our staff quickly salvaged and cleaned what they could. Equipment was saturated, files were soaked, and the wall and carpet are in the process of being removed and replaced as we work with our insurance and mold mitigation companies. We appreciate your patience as we get the phones, computers, systems, and other items up and running.

Printable Items & Len's Links

  • What's Happening at OZ - Parshas Mishpatim 5781: Click HERE
  • Rabbi Sacks - Vision & Details: Click HERE
  • Rabbi Ari Kahn - Lex Talionis: Click HERE


OZ Covid Guidelines & Online Updates


Celebrate with Ohab Zedek

  • Save the Date for Sunday, March 7, 2021 @ 7:30pm as our Annual Dinner goes Virtual this year!
  • Enjoy the comedy of MODI
  • Select RSVP's earn a Voucher to Kasbah Grill or Noi Due
  • Don't Delay - RSVP Today!


Purim 5781 Portal



  • Riva Atlas & David Atik, on the passing of Riva’s father Moshe Atlas - Moshe ben Yitzchak z’l
  • Hindy & Ruby Taub, on the passing of Hindy’s brother Joseph Rotenberg - Yosef Yitzchak ben Moshe HaKohen z’l

Parshas Shekalim Kiddush To Go

  • Rachel & Yosef Grunfeld, in honor of Eliana’s birthday
  • Laurie Gordon, in memory of Joseph Newman z’l

HaKol B’Seder: Shas Review of Seder Zeraim

  • Sponsored by Sheldon Newman and Larry Newman,commemorating the Yarzheit of their brother Joseph Benjamin Newman z’l

OZ Programs, Classes, & Events


Sign-Up for Purim Megillah + Matanos LeEvyonim



Friday — Rosh Chodesh Adar

  • Shacharis: 6:00am, 6:45am, 7:45am
  • Candles: 5:09pm — Mincha / Maariv: 5:20pm
  • 8:30pm — Discussion & Dessert-To-Go

Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim / Shekalim / RC Adar 5781

  • 7:30am - Hashkama in Main Shul
  • 8:30am - Sukkah Minyan - RSVP Required
  • 9:15am - Shacharit in Main Shul
  • 10:00am – Youth Groups in the Sukkah
  • Kiddush To Go
  • 5:00pm - Mincha in Main Shul
    • Text & Context: Classic Commentaries
    • Men's Daf Yomi in the Social Hall
  • 6:10pm - Maariv
  • 6:18pm - Havdala


  • Shacharis: 8:00am
    • Parsha — R’ Blanchard: 6:15pm
  • Mincha Maariv: 5:20pm


  • Shacharis: 6:00am, 6:50am, 7:50am
    • Haftorah — Rabbi Schwartz: 8:00pm
  • Mincha Maariv: 5:20pm


  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
    • TNLP — 7:30pm
  • Mincha Maariv: 5:20pm


  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
    • Discover Judaism Classes start at 6:45pm
    • Minchas Chinuch — R’ Schwartz: 8:00pm
  • Mincha Maariv: 5:20pm


  • Shacharis: 6:00am, 6:50am, 7:50am
  • Mincha Maariv: 5:20pm


  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Candles: 5:17pm, Mincha/Maariv: 5:25pm

Hashkama Minyan Dvar Torah: Rabbi Blanchard's Blurb

Systems of law not only govern human behavior but also express values and commitments.

The law written in the book of Exodus in the Hebrew Bible is no exception.

Here are some of its most important values and commitments. 

  • Seek to show a generosity of spirit in caring for the vulnerable.
  • Use your foresight and ability to control material reality to anticipate difficulties and dangers and then take precautions.
  • Difficult deals must sometimes be made in order handle the challenges of a physically, economically  and socially imperfect world.
  • Be steadfast and faithful in your commitment to G'd.
  • Find ways to express that commitment to G'd both privately and publicly.

A few questions to think about : 

  • Are any of these also ethical or religious values worthy of commitment independent of a system of law?
  • Do we compromise them by  building them into legal systems that use force? 
  • Is it important for a people to have a system of law that, in addition to controlling the  use of force and violence, also expresses its ethical or religious values?
  • If yes, why? 

Reflections based on the covenant law code in Exodus  

Wed, May 12 2021 1 Sivan 5781