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					12 Nisan 5770

27 March 2010
                                                                                                                                        SHABBAT HAGADOL
                                                                                                                                        A Sigh
K OL M EVASSER                                                                                                                          That
                                                                                                                                        Rabbi Yosef Benarroch
                                                                                                                                        SEC Jerusalem
                                                                                                                                                                        A collage
                                                                                                                                        A story is told about a         filled with
                                                                                                                                        Rabbi and a blacksmith           symbolic
                                                                                                                                        who met every morning        images from
                                                                                                                                        on their way to work.           Parashat
                                                                                                                                        The Rabbi was a great                 Tzav,
                                                                                                                                        Torah scholar, learned in        courtesy
                                                                                                                                        sacred texts while the               of the
                                                                                                                                        blacksmith was a simple         Orthodox
                                                                                                                                        G-d fearing Jew whose                Union.
                                                                                                                                        knowledge was minimal.
                                                                                                                                        Every morning their         morning when he would        that the blacksmith would
                                                                                                                                        paths would cross and       pass the blacksmith he       also sigh every morning
                                                                                                                                        they would wish each        would let out a sigh. It     when he passed the
                                                                                                                                        other a good day. The       was a smug sigh that         Rabbi. But his sigh was
                                                                                                                                        Rabbi went on to teach      denounced the black-         not an arrogant one. It
                                                                                                                                        and lead his flock, while   smith as a simpleton         was a sigh that came
                                                                                                                                        the blacksmith would go     while at the same time       from a broken heart.
                                                                                                                                        to tend to the days work-   exalted his status as an     Every morning when he
                                                                                                                                        load.                       important Rabbi.             passed the Rabbi he
                                                                                                                                                                                                 would sigh and wish that
                                                                                                                                        The day came when           Next to stand before the     he too could know as
                                                                                                                                        both of them left the       court was the simple         much Torah as the
                                                                                                                                        world and stood before      blacksmith. His Torah        Rabbi. It was a sigh that
                                                                                                                                        the heavenly court. First   learning and Mizvot
                                                                                                                                                                    were placed on one side
                                                                                                                                        the Rabbi approached.
                                                                                                                                        The defending angels        of the scale. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Prayer Schedule
                                                                                                                                        placed all of his Torah     amounted to very little,
                                                                                                                                        study and Mizvot on one     the scale looked rather      SHABBAT HAGADOL
                                                                                                                                        side of the scale. It       meager and it looked             PARASHAT TZAV
                                                                                                                                        looked like his accep-      like there was not               Friday, March 26th
                                                                                                                                        tance into heaven was a     enough merit to tip the       Minhah & Arbit 6:45 pm
                                                                                                                                        done deal. Suddenly the     scale for the good. Sud-      Candle Lighting 6:51 pm
                                                                                                                                        prosecuting angel came      denly the defense ap-
                                                                                                                                                                    peared and placed a             Saturday, March 27th
                                                                                                                                        and placed a sigh on the
                                                                                                                                        other side of the scale.    sigh alongside all the           Shaharit 8:30 am
                                                                                                                                        To everyone's surprise      blacksmith's Mizvot. The      Minhah & Arbit 6:25 pm
                                                                                                                                        the sigh tipped the scale   scale tipped in his favor.    Motzei Shabbat 7:55 pm
                                                                                                                                        against the scholarly       The Rabbi who was
                                                                                                                                        Rabbi. Shocked, the         watching asked as to the        PLEASE SEE
                                                                                                                                        Rabbi asked about the       nature of the black-          PESAH SCHEDULE
                                                                                                                                        meaning of the sigh. He     smith's sigh. The heav-          ON PAGE 5
                                                                                                                                        was told that every         enly court responded
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(Continued from page 1)      The exile stretched out                                    comes from the depths of
                             two hundred and ten           But why now? What was        the person's heart and
came from the depths of      years of which 116 were       it that drew G-d's com-      because of that is even
his heart and was filled     in servitude and 86 years     passion? What happened       more powerful than
for longing that his chil-   of slave labor. The nation    at this juncture of the      prayer. It was a sigh that
dren would be more           was demoralized and           story that turns the tides   was the turning point to
learned than he. It was      there was no hope in          from exile to redemption?    the nation's redemption.
that sigh that tipped the    sight. At what point do we                                 Like the blacksmith it was
scales in his favor.         see a turnaround? What is    The answer is stated ex-      a sigh that built.
                             the first place in the text  plicitly in the text. G-d's
This story helped me un-     that we see G-d turning      compassion is aroused         Our Rabbis explain that
derstand a very profound     his favor back to the Jew-   by that simple "sigh" that    "G-d wants our hearts".
insight about the holiday    ish people?                  preceded the nation           As we enter into Pesah
of Pesah. In a few days                                   "crying out". Like the        we would do well to re-
we will all celebrate the    That point takes place       blacksmith it was a sigh      member that statement.
Pesah Seder and thank        while Moses is exiled in     of longing. It was a sigh     Meam Loez (Rabbi
G-d for the great miracles Midian and a son by the        that brought with it a        Yaacov Culi of Istanbul)
he performed for our an- name of "Gershon" is             longing to leave Egypt        explains that on Pesah
cestors when he deliv-       born. Immediately after      and return to their home-     not only must we ask for
ered them from Egyptian that episode we read the land and to renew their                national redemption, we
bondage. The Rabbis          following, "And it was dur- relationship with G-d. It      must ask for personal re-
grappled with the ques-      ing those many days that was not a sigh of despair,        demption. There is an
tion of why the nation       the king of Egypt died,      but a sigh of hope and        Egypt in every one of us.
deserved redemption.         and the children of Israel longing. It came from the       We are all slaves to
Many answers are given sighed because of the              depths of their hearts. It    something. Some of us to
to that question. One ex- hard work and they cried was with that sigh that G-           our anger, others to their
planation is that even       out to G-d. G-d heard their d opened his ears and          desires, some to arro-
while in Egypt the people moaning and he remem- began to listen to the                  gance, and others to
did not change their Jew- bered his covenant with         cries of the nation.          wealth. On Pesah we
ish names to Egyptian        Abraham, Isaac, and                                        must all try to become
names, they did not          Jacob. G-d saw the chil-     Nahmanides concurs            free of all those negative
adopt the Egyptian lan-      dren of Israel and G-d       with this and states the      qualities that enslave us.
guage, and they dressed knew" (Shemot 2: 22-23). following, "For although
distinctly Jewish not tak-                                the duration of exile that    Where do we begin? With
ing on the fashion trends What is the meaning of          was decreed had come          a heartfelt sigh that de-
of Egypt (see Bamidbar       the phrase "and G-d          to an end the nation was      clares enough is enough.
Raba 13).                    Knew"? How could it be       nevertheless unworthy of      We begin with a heartfelt
                             possible that only now G- redemption. But it was           sigh that comes from the
I would like to offer a dif- d knew the extent of his     because of their cries        depths of our hearts and
ferent answer. One that I nations suffering? Doesn't that he accepted their             proclaims a longing to re-
believe is the simple        G-d know everything at all prayers with                    turn to G-d, to goodness,
meaning of the exodus        times? Rashi explains the mercy" (Nahmanides               to our true spiritual selves.
text. The beginning chap- meaning of "And G-d             Shemot 2:25)                  As Pesah approaches I
ters of the Book of          knew", is that at this point                               want to wish each and
Shemot deal predomi-         G-d knew that the nation The Netivot Shalom sug-           every one of you a very
nantly with the enslave-     was ready for redemption. gests that a sigh is even        happy holiday. May we
ment of the Jewish nation He explains that it is at       more powerful than            merit both personal and
in Egypt, the slave labor    this point that G-d was no prayer. The difference          national redemption, and
they were subjugated to, longer willing to turn a         between the two is that       the fulfillment of the words
and the birth and emer-      blind eye to the suffering prayer is associated with       of the "Haggadah", "next
gence of Moses as the        of the nation. It is at this words while a sigh has        year in the rebuilt city of
redeemer.                    point that G-d decides that no words. A sigh has to        Jerusalem".
                             something must be done. do with the heart. It
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In                                 Community News
                                   SHABBAT KIDDUSH
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rial candle in the evening and            is sponsored                            WELCOME
donate tzedakah. Family mem-          by Jacques, Maurice,                            to
bers are encouraged to attend
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                                        & Victor Mashihi                      Our Guest Lecturer
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    Hertz pages 429-438
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                                                                                 Selling of Hametz
                                                                         We must receive this form by fax or mail be-
                                                                           fore Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 7 pm.

                                                                         Know all by these present that I, ________
                                                                         _________________ , do hereby authorize
                                                                         Rabbi Hagay Batzri, at Kahal Joseph Congre-
                                                                         gation, 10505 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Ange-
                                                                         les, CA 90025, to sell, transfer and assign all
                                                                         Hametz of whatever kind and nature, of which
                                                                         I am possessed and seized, or in which I may
                                                                         have an interest, wheresoever situated, in my
                                                                         residence at __________________________
                                                                         ______________________ my place of busi-
                                                                         ness, or any other place, without reservation
                                                                         and limitation. In witness whereof I have here-
                                                                         unto set my hand and seal this on this date
                                                                         ______________________________, 2010.
                                               APR DAY
                                                   IL 4
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                                                                         Date ___________
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                                                                             MITZVOT on SHABBAT
                                                                             We now offer for donation the following
                                                                           Mitzvot on Shabbat: 1. Petichat Hechal
                                                                           The opening of the ark where the Torahs
   ‫ברכת האילנות‬                                                            are kept; 2. Carrying of the Sefer Torah
                                                                           and Sefer Haftara; 3. Hakamat Sefer
     THE BLESSING                                                          The lifting and showing of the Torah;
                                                                           4. Mashlim* The seventh aliya to the

     of THE TREES                                                          Torah who recites Kaddish; 5. Maftir*
                                                                           The last aliya to the Torah which includes
   A special prayer in nature                                              the reading of the Haftara (which will be
                                                                           read by one of the clergy unless member
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                                                                             Since we count on your donations to the
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                                                                           low as they are, we suggest a minimum
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                                                                           Torah of $126 or multiples of $18 or $26.
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                                                                           bers may call the office to book the Mash-
                                                                           lim or Maftir in advance, in memory of a
                                                                           departed relative. You will receive confir-
                                                                           mation before Shabbat if you will receive
                Learn to Be a Haftarah Reader                              the aliya or if there is a conflict. The mem-
                                                                           ber may also reserve any other aliya in
         Wouldn’t you like to chant from the concluding section of the     advance by calling the office. Non-
         Torah read on every Shabbat—the Haftarah? Reserve your            members who are interested in aliyot
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         Saeed & learn your haftarah with authentic Baghdadi ta'amim,      mine availability. Please call 310.474.0559
                                                                           between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00
         our Iraqi melodies for Torah reading.                             pm, Monday through Thursday.
       Kahal Joseph Congregation
             Pesah Schedule
                 5770 / 2010                                                                        Friday, April 2
                                                                                                       Erev Shabbat
                                  Sunday, March 28                                            Candle Lighting 6:56 pm
                                  Last Day to Sell Hametz
                                                                                     Minha, Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm
                                          before 7:00 pm
                                   Search for the Hametz
                                            after 7:48 pm              Saturday, April 3
                                                                       Shabbat Hol Hamoed
                                  Monday, March 29                          Shaharit 8:30 am
                                                                    Minha and Seuda Shelishit
                                       Fast of Firstborn
                                                                                     6:30 pm
                                       Shacharit 6:30 am
                                                                Arbit and Havdallah will follow
                               Siyum Masechet follows to
                                       abbreviate the fast
                         Special Kaddish for the Departed
                      Stop Eating Hametz by 10:44 am
                           Burn Hametz until 11:45 am                          Sunday, April 4
                                                                                  Erev Yom Tov
                   First Night Seder                                            7th Night of Pesah
                  beginning after dark                                           Shaharit 8:00 am
               Candle Lighting 6:53 pm
         Minha, Arbit & Hallel Hagadol 7:00 pm                              Birkat Ha’Ilanot KJ Trip
                                                                             Bus Leaves at 10:00 am
                                                                                  RSVP required
                Tuesday, March 30                                            Meet at Moorpark Farms
                   Shaharit 9:00 am                                                 11:00 am
           The Secret of Sefirat HaOmer:                                        Special Prayer and
          A Class with Rabbi Batzri 6:00 pm                                  Kaddish for the Departed
         Minha, Arbit & Hallel Hagadol 7:00 pm
              Sefirat H'aomer First Night                                Pesah Candle Lighting 6:57 pm
               Candle Lighting 7:57 pm                                  Minha and Arvit Yom Tov 7:00 pm

     Second Night Seder
      beginning after dark                                                                        Monday, April 5
                                                                                        Yom Tov, 8th Night of Pesah
                                                                                                      Shaharit 9:00 am
Wednesday, March 31                                                                     Class with Rabbi Batzri 6:00 pm
Shaharit 9:00 am                                                                                         Minha 7:00 pm
Class with Rabbi Batzri 6:00 pm                                                                Candle Lighting 8:02 pm
Minha 7:00 pm
Arvit and Havdallah following
Minha                                                        Tuesday, April 6
                                                             Last Day of Yom Tov
                                                             Shaharit 9:00 am
Thursday, April 1                                            Class with Rabbi Batzri 6:00 pm
Hol Hamoed Pesah                                             Minha and Seuda of Mashiach
Shaharit 6:30 am                                             with Singing and Dancing 7:00 pm
                                         Friday, April 2     Arvit and Havdallah will follow
                                    Hol Hamoed Pesah
                                       Shaharit 6:30 am            Hag Sameah! Happy Passover!
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                                       A Song for Shabbat HaGadol
                                          Translated and transliterated by D. Ezran

                            ָ                                    ֹ         ִ                    ִ ֹ           ֹ             ַ
            ֹ :‫שבָּ ת זֶ ה שבָּ ת הַ גָדוֹל. בּו ְֹישוּעוֹת מַ לְ כּו מגְ דוֹל. הֵ איר בּו מָ אוֹר הַ גָדוֹל. לְ בֶ ן בְּ כוֹר רם וְ גָדוֹל‬       ַ
                                       ָ ִ                                   ָ                                        ִ
                 :‫שלַח מֹשה הָ איֹש גָּדוֹל. וְ אַף הֵ ן עוֹד הַ יּוֹם גּדוֹל. פָּ דה עַ ם עָ צוּם וְ גָדוֹל. לְ מקּטוֹן וְ עַ ד גָּדוֹל‬ֶ            ָ
                          ָ               ִ                                        ִ                    ָ ֶ ֹ
              :‫ ראוּ אוֹר גָּדוֹל. וַ יּוֹציאֵ ם בִּ ְרכוֹּש גָּדוֹל בְּ מוֹפְ תים וּבְ מוֹרא גָּדוֹל‬‫וַ יִּ היוּ ֹשם לְ גוֹי גָּדוֹל. בַּ חוֹש‬ָ ְ
                                              ָ                                          ְֹ ַ ָ          ַ ְ                  ֵ
                                 :‫א תֶ הדּר פְּ נֵי גָדוֹל. יִ תּקע בּשוֹפָ ר גָּדוֹל. וַ יְ מַ ן ה' דּג גָּדוֹל‬ ְ‫נַחֵ ם בֶּ ן אינֶנּוּ גָדוֹל. ו‬
                                                     ָ                  ְ                             ָ ְ ֶ ֹ
                       :‫ עָ לַי גָּדוֹל. כּפְ רת הַ נָּהָ ר הַ גָּדוֹל‬‫אשירה נָּא לָאֵ ל גָּדוֹל. וְ לו אקרא בְּ קוֹל גָּדוֹל. כִּ י חַ סדּ‬  ָ ִ ָֹ
                                   ְ ִ          ֵֹ ֲ          ֹ ְ ִ            ָ              ִ                 ִ
                   :‫ הַ גָּדוֹל‬‫ְ שמ‬ ‫מֶ ה חֳ ִרי הָ אַף הַ גָּדוֹל. אחֵ ר אֶ ת יוֹם הַ גָּדוֹל. אם חֳ טאַי מנּשוֹא גָדוֹל. עשה‬
                                                           ֵ        ִ                ֶ ֶ          ִ ִ             ְ       ִ ִ
                                     :‫ וְ גָדוֹל‬ֹ‫ הָ לו‬ֶ‫גָּדלוּ לָה' אתּי. גָּדוֹל יִ היֶה כְּ בוֹד בֵּ יתי. תּסּוֹב תּרב גְּ דֻ לָּתי. וַ תּל‬
                                 ֵ          ָ                                    ַ                                      ֶ
                   :‫ ה' הַ גְּ דוּלוֹת. הַ ְראֶ ה מסּוֹת הַ גְּ דוֹלוֹת. לְ עַ ם קטוֹן ְֹושם גָּדוֹל‬ ְ‫עושה אֵ ין חֵ קר גְּ דוֹלוֹת. ל‬      ֶֹ ֹ

Shabbat ze Shabbat HaGadol. Bo yeshu-ot malko migdol. He-ir bo ma-or hagadol. L’ven bkhor ram v’gadol.
Shalakh Moshe ha’ish hagadol. V’af hen od hayom gadol. Pada am atzum v’gadol. L’mikaton v’ad gadol.
Va’yihyu sham l’goy gadol. B’khoshekh ra-u or gadol. Va’yotzi-em birkhush gadol b’moftim u’vmora gadol.
Nakhem ben enenu gadol. V’lo tehdar pnei gadol. Yitaka b’shofar gadol. Va’yman Hashem dag gadol.
Ashira na la’El gadol. V’Lo ekra bekol gadol. Ki khasdekha ali gadol. Ki’Frat ha’nahar hagadol.
Meh khari ha-af hagadol. Ikher et yom hagadol. Im khata-ay minso gadol. Aseh l’shimkha hagadol.
Gadlu la’Hashem iti. Gadol yiye kvod beti. Tisov terev gdulati. Va’telekh halokh v’gadol.
Oseh en kheker gdolot. Lkha Hashem hagdulot. Har-eh masot hagdolot. L’am katon v’shem gadol.

This Shabbat is Shabbat HaGadol. On it His help reigned supreme. He shone a great light, for His firstborn [nation].
He sent Moshe, the great man. And on this great, lengthy day, He redeemed a nation great and mighty, from the smallest to
the largest [one].
And there they became a great nation. In the darkness they saw a great light. And they emerged with a great wealth, with
miracles and wonders.
Even though this nation is not numerous, and they do not serve kings, they went out with a great shofar blast.
I will sing praises to G-d who is great. I will call to him with a strong voice. Because Your Mercy upon me is great. Like the
great river of Phrat.
Were it for my great misdeeds, this great day would have come late. Because my sins are so hard to carry, do this for the
sake of Your great Name.
Praise Hashem with me. Great will be the honor of my house. And this will surround me with glory that will continue on and
G-d Who creates deeds of incomprehensible greatness, to You all the praises belong. Show Your great miracles to a small
nation with a large reputation.

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