Purim Celebration at O"Z Wednesday, March 20, 2019
5:33 am Fast of Esther Begins
7:15 am Regular minyan at 7:15 am (no breakfast)
5:00 pm Kids' Purim Party
Join us for a magical Purim celebration, featuring Magic Al! Add to the magic by dressing up as characters from the Harry Potter universe!
7:30 pm Fast Ends
7:40 pm Ma'ariv and Megillat Esther reading - in Sanctuary
followed by "Persia Land" (or "Shushan Town") by the O"Z Purimspielers
Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00 am Shaharit and Megillah reading
Or Zarua Talmud Class 2018-2019
Fasting, Praying, Planting, and Walking Through the Rain: Masekhet Ta'anit
Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 in the Library.
This year we'll be studying Masekhet Ta'anit.
In four chapters (30 pages), the Talmud
explores ancient ideas about individual
prayers, fasts, and communal practices
to influence Heaven. Material addressed
includes: prayers for rain, our relationship
to the natural world (that is, rain, seasons,
and agriculture), our power as “pray-ers,”
and the Kohanic blessings that were
performed in ancient days. A discussion of
public fast days allows for a presentation
and review of Jewish history. The Rabbis
begin the discussion asking which is more
important: a focus on tragedies or a focus
on moments of success and triumph? We
will see some of the earliest material in the
Talmud that deals with communal prayer,
which, according to some scholarship,
coalesced around public fast days that were
declared for the purpose of beseeching
God for communal needs.
Join us for our 30th year studying Talmud together! No previous participation is needed.
Anyone may join the class at any time. No prior knowledge of Talmud, Hebrew, or Aramaic is required.
If you can't make every class, please join when you can; it's easier than you think to be a Talmud learner and to enjoy the material. Contact Rabbi Bolton
directly with any questions. All you need to bring is your life experience. Bring your family, friends, and
associates, and share the news.
If it's possible for you to do so, although you need not do so to attend the class, it's recommended that you acquire the ArtScroll Schottenstein Talmud volume containing Masekhet Ta'anit. The volume is available in both the full size and Daf Yomi size (content is identical but type is smaller in the Daf Yomi version). The ArtScroll item number is TTAA for the full-size version, and DTTAA for the Daf Yomi size. The volume can be acquired directly from ArtScroll at www.artscroll.com or any one of a variety of other online sources.
Registration is NOT required for this class.
Exploring the Siddur: History, Meaning and Commentaries on the Jewish Prayerbook
Thursday mornings, following minyan, from 8:40 - 9:40 am in the Library.
To the Finish Line: Prayers at the End of our Service
On Thursday mornings the Siddur Class
meets to explore the richness and depth of
our liturgy and to consider what meaning
we make of our Jewish prayer practices.
Discussions center on the language of
the prayerbook, as well as comparisons
to siddur manuscripts from throughout
the Jewish ages. We also discuss the lived
experience of prayer - how to engage,
when it feels empty, infusing the minyan
experience with meaning. Those wondering
about how prayer life can be developed find
a place around the table, as much as those
whose interests lie in the Hebrew of the
siddur and a historical look at our liturgy.
Our focus this coming year will be on the
prayers at the end of our services. We will
look again at Ashrei, and talk about psalms
that have been included; the selection
"U'va L’Tzion," with ideas of holiness and
redemption at its core, and Aleinu and
Mourner's Kaddish. When are we ever done
Prior attendance is not required.
Registration is NOT required for this class.
Rabbi Wechsler Teaches
Two Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Feb. 6: "Piety and Place: Psalms 145 and 84" (Audio)
Feb. 13: "Can Belief in God be Commanded?" (Audio)
In the first of two classes, Rabbi Wechsler explores Ashrei and why it has such a
central place in the liturgy. In the second, we'll discuss if
belief in God can reasonably be commanded or whether it should be the result of a personal
search. Studying Ramban and Rambam, we'll explore the limit of such a command, and its
Lucy Dawidowicz Memorial Lecture
Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 7:30 pm (Audio)
This year's Lucy Dawidowicz lecture, honoring the memory of a great historian of the Holocaust and an early Or Zarua member, will be given by
Christine Hayes, PhD, the Robert F. & Patricia Ross Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale University.
Professor Hayes, a scholar of ancient Judaism specializing in Talmudic
and midrashic studies, traces the evolution of scriptural and
legal authority in Jewish intellectual history. She will show that the
Talmudic rabbis construed divine law in ways that would forever
distinguish classical Judaism from Hellenistic and Christian
conceptions, in an ancient debate that continues to shape and
inform the foundations of Western thought.
Or Zarua History Wanted
Or Zarua is recording its oral history and creating an archive. If you have information, memorabilia, photos, or other material to be included, please contact the Oral History Committee by email to either Phyllis Solomon or Caroline Golden.
Refu'ah Shleymah, Comfort and Caring Calls
It's not always easy to reach out at times when we are ill or facing personal challenges. Nevertheless, our Hesed Committee and Hevra Kadisha Committee, as well as Rabbi Bolton, seek to extend our community's caring network. We would like all Congregants to know that if you are ailing or going through a particularly challenging time, our community would like to offer encouragement and words of support. For home-bound Congregants, or those with limited abilities to attend classes and programs at Or Zarua, let us help connect you, say hello, arrange a time for phone study, or set up visits. To get the connection started, call Deborah at 212.452.2310, Extension 12.
Rabbi Wechsler is on Sirius XM Stars Radio each Sunday.
Subscribers to Sirius Radio can access this program on Channel 102,
and XM subscribers can tune in to Channel 155 on XM Radio. Non-subscribers to
Sirius Radio can obtain a free three
day trial at www.sirius.com .
Songs and Niggunim -
Including Joey Weisenberg niggunim.