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OZ Weekly - Purim, Tetzaveh, and More + IMPORTANT INFO

02/24/2021 03:16:53 PM

Feb24

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Purim Update

Rabbi Allen Schwartz's recent Purim Notice is posted in full at the end of this email. You must RSVP for Megillah readings this year. 


Printable Items & Len's Links

  • What's Happening at OZ - Click HERE
  • Steinsaltz Center - Downloadable Megillas Esther: Click HERE
  • YU Torah To-Go - Click HERE
  • Rabbi Sacks z'l - Tetzaveh: The Counterpoint of Leadership: Click HERE
  • Rabbi Etshalom - The 4 Parshios: Mis’mach Ge’ulah l’G’ulah: 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!
  • www.OZNY.org/Celebrate

 

Purim 5781 Portal


PURIM @ OHAB ZEDEK

  • YOU MUST RSVP FOR THE MEGILLAH READING
  • MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED
  • PLEASE SIT IN MARKED SEATS ONLY
  • IF YOU MISSED ZACHOR, SOME POSKIM HOLD THAT YOU CAN BE YOTZEI W/ MEGILLAS ESTHER
  • IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND AN IN-PERSON READING DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS, SIGN-UP FOR ZOOM

PURIM PORTAL

  • www.OZNY.org/Purim 
  • RSVP for Megillah, Matanos Le’Evyonim, Machatzis HaShekel, and Zoom Megillah Link

SPONSORS

Purim Seudah-to-Go (Pick-Up after Shacharis)

  • Sheryl Galler & Allen Katz, commemorating of the 30th Yarzheit of Sheryl's Grandfather Moshe Eliezer ben Dovid z'l

Shabbos Shushan Purim Persian Kiddush-to-Go

  • Leslie & Ari Hirsch, wishing the OZ Community a Purim Sameach!
  • Zohara & Jay Taragin, in honor of Rabbi Schwartz and all the people helping to keep the shul open and so active
  • Eleanor Selling, in honor of Avi Atik’s Bar Mitzvah

ONLY @ OZ

Programs, Classes, & Events


PURIM SCHEDULE
Thursday — Taanis Esther

  • Fast Starts: 5:24am
  • Fast Ends 6:27pm
  • Shacharis: 6:00am, 6:45am, 7:45am
  • Mincha: 5:20pm (Dvar Torah: “VeNahafach Hu”)
  • RSVP Required: Megillah @ 6:15p, 7:30p, 9:00p
  • Sukkah Minyan—Sold-Out
  • Family Reading: 7:30pm (www.OZNY.org/Youth)
  • Zoom: 8:30pm (www.OZNY.org/Event/Zoom5781)
  • RSVP for Megillah: www.OZNY.org/Purim 

Friday — Purim

  • RSVP Required: Megillah @ 6:00a, 7:30a, 9:00a
  • Sukkah Minyan—Sold-Out
  • Zoom: 11:00am (www.OZNY.org/Event/Zoom5781)
  • Candles: 5:25pm
  • Mincha/Maariv: 5:30pm

Tetzaveh 5781 — Shushan Purim

  • 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
  • Shushan Purim Persian Kiddush To Go
  • 5:15pm - Mincha in Main Shul
    • Text & Context: Classic Commentaries
    • Men's Daf Yomi in the Social Hall
  • 6:25pm - Maariv
  • 6:35pm - Havdala

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE (FEB. 28 - MAR. 5, 2021)

Shacharis

  • Sunday— 8:00am
  • Monday & Thursday — 6:00am, 6:50am, 7:50am
  • Tue, Wed, and Fri — 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am

Mincha & Maariv

  • Sunday—Thursday — 5:35pm
  • Friday — 5:40pm (Candles 5:33pm)

Krias Shema

  • Sunday: 9:20am — Friday: 9:15am

You Can't Spell ZOOM without O.Z.!


Views from the Pews - Purim Thoughts from Bezalel Kosofsky

I went on a Torah tour of the Central Park Zoo led by Rabbi Becher on Thanksgiving with Congregation Ohab Zedek. The tour started with a goose drinking grape juice while a fish was making kiddush, a bunny dipping apples in honey, cats wearing Shabbos hats, a bear wearing a kippah on his hair, a fly eating a kosher pizza pie, and a horse playing dreidel of course.  In the middle of the tour, I heard a kangaroo speaking Hebrew to fish speaking back in Yiddish and saw a cow shaking a lulav right now. The tour ended with a gopher blowing shofar and a gorilla reading a megillah.


RABBI SCHWARTZ'S PURIM NOTICE


Dear OZ Family,

The year 5781 conflates a number of anomalies that combine to make this a very rare calendrical year.  Purim on Erev Shabbos, The 10th of Teves on Friday, Chanukah all together missing Parshas Miketz, Erev Pesach on Shabbos, Tisha B’Av on Sunday, and the very rare readings for the Haftorahs of  Miketz and Tetzave, make all these anomalies a once-in-a-century year.

Please read below for select Purim Halachos and Guidelines, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. Thank you for your resilience in allowing us a responsible reopening during this time. 

 

Celebrate with OZ

When the month of Adar comes, the Talmud tells us to increase our Joy. What better way than participating in this year's Virtual Annual Dinner featuring the comedy of MODI. Please click HERE to RSVP.

 

Parshas Zachor

  • Some Poskim consider that one may fulfill the reading of Parshat Zachor by hearing the laining on Purim. 

 

Machatzis HaShekel

  • This Mitzvah can be fulfilled by donating HERE
  • Based on the current stock price of silver (which is constantly fluctuating), to fulfill the maximalist opinion of fulfilling this mitzvah, an $18.00 donation will suffice, but “Kol HaMarbeh Harey Zeh Meshubach.”

 

Purim Mitzvos & Ta’anit Esther

  • Taanit Esther is Thursday, Feb. 25th and fasting begins at 5:24am and ends at 6:27pm.  We should preferably daven Maariv and hear the Megillah before breaking our fast, but if we have no access to hear the Megillah earlier, then daven Maariv before eating and then join one of the later readings. 
  • This year, you must RSVP to attend our 'in-person' Megillah Readings. There will be social distancing in the Main Shul and limited space in the 'Sukkah.' Please click HERE for evening and morning times.
  • For those who due to health concerns cannot participate 'in-person', we will host Zoom Megillah Readings on Thursday at 8:30pm and Friday at 11:00am - click HERE for free RSVP. There is a call-in option as well.
  • Matanos L’evyonim can be fulfilled by donating HERE.  This year the need is great, especially in Israel.
  • Shalach Manos must inlcude at least 2 food items to 1 person.  Every year I announce that we should concentrate more on Matanos L’evyonim than on Shalach Manos.  This goes doubly for this year.  Please exercise discretion in fulfilling this mitzvah. 
  • The Seudas Purim should begin before Midday, and the custom is for it to be dairy so as not to impact on the Shabbos meals.

 

Please let me know if you can assist with delivering Shalach Manos to some of our homebound seniors and assist them with their shopping or even setting them up for Zoom Megillah Readings.

 

Special preparations for Pesach will follow as a Shabbos Erev Pesach brings its own special rules. 5781 continues to be an anomalous year in many ways. 

 

Kol Tuv,

 

Rabbi Allen Schwartz

Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyyar 5781