Carnegie Shul Chatter – March 21, 2013

Candle lighting time is 7:15


This week’s parshah is Tzav which includes more laws for various offerings and the installation ceremony for the Cohains serving in the Sanctuary.


Humor from

A Jewish man was waiting in line to be knighted by the Queen of England.  He was supposed to kneel and recite a sentence in Latin.  Comes his turn, he kneels, the Queen taps him on the shoulder with the sword… and in the panic of excitement he forgets the Latin line.  Thinking quickly, he recites the only other line he knows in a foreign language which he remembers from the Passover seder, “Mah nishtana ha-lailah ha-zeh mi-kol ha-leilot.”

The puzzled queen turns to her adviser and asks, “Why is this knight different from all other knights?”


Passover begins with the first Seder this Monday evening.  Most Jews have their own family traditions for observing the Seder and there are a wide variety of haggadahs available.  I have attended some seders that are many hours in length and have lasted until 2 a.m.  I have attended other seders that have lasted only an hour exclusive of the meal period.

Regardless of the type of seder you attend, I hope you have a very joyous and meaningful experience at your seder.

And here for your use, if you want a super fast seder is a haggadah that covers most, but not all, of the Passover story.

Jews go to Egypt.  Help Pharoah.  New Pharoah comes to power.  Scared of Jews.  Jews made slaves with hard labor.  God is not happy with this.  Tells Moses to tell Pharoah to let the people go.  Pharoah is a jerk and says no.  God puts a lot of plagues on Pharoah but Pharoah remains a jerk.  God kills the first born Egyptian boys.  Pharoah says, “Get lost,” to Moses.  Jews leave Egypt but Pharoah chases them.  God opens Red Sea so Jews can escape.  Pharoah’s army chases and God closes Sea and drowns them  Ha, ha.  You lose, Pharoah.

I will be traveling back from Florida next week so I may not be posting a blog.


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