Rosh Chodesh Sivan, this week's classes, and Yizkor

1. Today is Rosh Chodesh Sivan, a one day observance. We add for Rosh Chodesh in the Amidah, recite an abridged Hallel, and add a Musaf Amidah. There is no tachanun for nearly two weeks due to celebrating Shavu'ot, which falls on Thursday night-Friday and Shabbat this year. Today is the 45th day of the omer. 2. Classes online will continue this week -- tomorrow morning at 9 AM (even though it is Memorial Day), Wednesday night @ 7 PM, and Thursday at noon -- Shavu'ot falls that night. However, there is no Kabbalat Shabbat service this Friday as it is Shavu'ot and there is no Kabbalat Shabbat service when a holyday falls on Friday (or within a Festival Holyday, i.e., Pesach and Succot).

Yom Yerushalayim/Interesting Articles

1. Tomorrow night begins Yom Yerushalayim -- The Unification of Yerushalayim following the Six-Day War in 1967 -- 53 years ago. How old were you? As you know, the Jordanians took control of the eastern part of Yerushalayim following Israel's 1948 War of Independence. Many internationalists had called for the internationalization of Yerushalayim, and the UN, a short time ago, accepted Arabic names for sacred sites without any acknowledgment of Yerushalayim's 3000+ year history since King David made it his capital city. During these past 53 years, access to holy sites -- for Jews, Christians, and Moslems -- has been ensured by the Israeli government. The city is free, as any one who has t

Compare and contrast: These Weeks in Jewish Life to These Weeks of Covid-19

Today is the 29th day of the omer -- it has been more than 4 weeks since our 1st Pesach seder; about 7 weeks of coronavirus quarantine. We are 4 days from Lag b-omer, the 33rd day of the omer. (no tachanun on Tuesday) This is a period of counting -- We count 49 days from the second night of Pesach -- counting the "omer" -- the 50th day is one of three Pilgrimage holydays -- Shavu'ot. We also have been counting days and weeks of COVID-19. In the Jewish calendar this period includes 3 overlapping events: Counting 7 weeks from Pesach to Shavu’ot. As the new grain ripens, the first grain is offered to God, Temple, Kohanim -- it is then permitted for us to enjoy. The death of R Akiva's students

Covid-19 Pandemic -- Extraordinary News from Israel

‘Spread of COVID-19 halted’: 80% of Israel has had no new cases for days — TV Sent by a congregant: An Arab doctor and an ultra-Orthodox Jew find common ground in a covid ward Sent by a friend of Traditional: Israel’s Extraordinary Acts During COVID-19 (video)

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