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In loving memory of Rabbi Joshua B. Gordon ob"m 
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  • Sat. Night April 20th: Koshering Night
  • Sun. Night April 28th: Late Night Learning 
  • Tues. April 30th: Moshiach's Seudah 
  • Mon. Sept. 23rd: Chabad of the Valley Celebration 50

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Click here for a comprehensive library of articles and discussions about this week's Parsha. Please remember to print them before Shabbos.

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  • Friday afternoon Mincha/Kabbolas Shabbos - 7:20 pm
  • Chassidus Class - 9:15 am 
  • Shabbos morning Shacharis - 10:00 am
  • Jr. Congregation - 11:45 am
  • Kiddush - Following Musaf
  • Mincha - Following Kiddush 
  • Maariv - 8:30 pm 

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Today, the 11th of Nissan, marks the birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. 
The Rebbe was born in 1902, in Nikolaev, Russia, to the renowned kabbalist, talmudic scholar and leader Rabbi Levi Yitzchak and Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson. A beautiful farbrengen was held Wednesday night in honor of this auspicious day with guest speaker Rabbi Eli Friedman of Chabad of Calabasas, hosted by the Gordon family in honor of R' Yochanon's 50th birthday. 

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The Shabbos preceding Pesach is known as 'Shabbos Hagadol'. It is customary to read part of the Passover Haggadah on Shabbat haGadol, beginning from the paragraph that begins with the words "Avadim hayinu" ("We were slaves") until the words, "lechaper al kol avonotaynu" ("to atone for all of our sins") which is the end of the paragraph after "Dayeinu".  Click here to learn more about Shabbos Hadadol.

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Search for Chometz............From 7:57 pm

Monday, April 22, 2024

Finish Eating Chometz............Before 10:38 am

Sell and Burn Chometz............Before 11:45 am

Candle Lighting Time............................7:13 pm

First Seder Begins........................After 7:58 pm

Finish Afikoman.......................Before 12:51 am

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Candle Lighting Time...................After 8:12 pm

Second Seder Begins...................After 8:12 pm

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Since it is prohibited to possess chametz on Passover, any chametz left un-disposed must be sold to a non-Jew. All such chametz, as well as all chametz utensils that were not thoroughly cleaned, should be stored away. The storage area should be locked or taped shut for the duration of the holiday.

Since there are many legal intricacies involved in this sale, a rabbi acts as our agent both to sell the chametz to the non-Jew on the morning before Passover and also to buy it back the evening after Passover ends.
Click here to sell your chometz now   
Click here to download a printable form

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In preparation for the Passover holiday it is an age-old Jewish tradition to contribute generously towards funds that ensure that everyone who is in need has the necessary provisions for the holiday food, matzah, wine, festive clothing, etc.

Chabad of the Valley will be distributing special financial allocations to needy families to help them prepare for Passover. We will also be hosting “Public Seders” and arranging Seder placements for those that have no place to go. Donate now to our “Passover Food for the Needy Fund” to help those less fortunate celebrate the holiday with joy and dignity.
Click here to donate now.

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When one sees blossoming fruit trees for the first time during the month of Nissan, one should say this blessing:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁלֹּא חִסַּר בְּעוֹלָמוֹ כְּלוּם וּבָרָא בוֹ בְּרִיּוֹת טוֹבוֹת וְאִילָנוֹת טוֹבוֹת לֵהָנוֹת בָּהֶם בְּנֵי אָדָם. 

Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, Who has made nothing lacking in His world, and created in it goodly creatures and goodly trees to give mankind pleasure.

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Beginning the second night of Pesach until Shavuot, the Omer is counted each evening, signifying our preparation for the receiving of the Torah on the holiday of Shavuot.

Click here to learn more about the mitzvah of  Counting the Omer.

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Watch:  Life Lessons from the Parsha
By Rabbi  Joshua B. Gordon ob'm
Article Link
(click on the video below)

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A thought for the week

Every year on the Rebbe’s birthday, three days before Passover, Chabad youngsters celebrate the milestone by fanning out around large cities worldwide to meet other Jews in the streets. They offer the men a chance to put on tefillin, Shabbat candles for the women, and everyone gets a package of handmade shmurah matzah for their Seders.

The Rebbe lived to serve the Jewish people, and these activities on his birthday are exactly the kinds of gifts he would want. Of course, this is not limited to the Rebbe’s birthday; it is something that Chabad boys and girls often do, but the 11th of Nissan is the highlight of our relationship with the Rebbe—the Rebbe’s personal day—and what better way to observe it than by doing what the Rebbe loved?

Nearly 30 years after his passing, we still celebrate the Rebbe’s birthday, and his inspiration is why my family and I live here and why our home is open to every Jew. It’s what drives us to deliver shmurah matzah to as many people as possible, to encourage people to do just one more mitzvah, and to represent the Rebbe in our part of the world. We live for making the Rebbe proud.

All the activities of our Chabad House, as well as every Chabad outpost around the world, are our birthday present to the Rebbe. And if you are involved with Chabad, or make an effort to reach out to other Jews, you are also part of this gift.

Happy birthday, Rebbe! L’chaim!

Shabbat shalom,

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Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting (Metzora):
Friday, Apr. 19
7:11 pm

Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Apr. 20
8:12 pm

1st Night Pesach Candle Lighting:
Monday, Apr. 22
7:13 pm

2nd Night Pesach Candle Lighting:
Tuesday, Apr. 23
After 8:12 pm

Yom Tov Ends:
Wednesday, Apr. 24
8:13 pm
Torah Portion: Metzora

Shabbos Hagadol

Shabbat Schedule

Friday Evening
Mincha - 7:20 pm

Shabbat Morning
Torah Class - 9:15 am
Latest Shema - 9:32 am
Shachris - 10:00 am
Jr. Cong - 11:45 am
Kiddush - Following Musaf
Mincha - Following Kiddush

Motzei Shabbos
Shabbos Ends - 8:12 pm
Maariv - 8:30 pm

Mon. First Night of Pesach
Mincha/Maariv - 7:20 pm

Tues. First Day of Pesach
Latest Shema - 9:30 am
Shacharis - 10:00am
Jr. Cong. - 11:45 am
Mincha/Maariv - 7:25 pm

Wed. Second Day of Pesach
Latest Shema - 9:30 am
Shacharis - 10:00am
Jr. Cong. - 11:45 am
Mincha - 7:25 pm
Maariv/Yom Tov Ends - 8:13 pm

Weekly Schedule

Shacharis at Chabad of Encino
Sunday - 8:00 am
Monday 7am, Siyum 7:30 am
Thurs/Friday - 7:00 am

Mincha at Chabad of Tarzana
Sunday and Thursday - 7:20 pm

Quote of the Day
Just like in the case of two people who are wrestling... if one of them moves with sloth and lethargy, he will be easily defeated and felled, even if he is stronger than his fellow; so, too, in battling one's evil inclination, one can prevail over it ... only with alacrity that comes from joy and from a heart that is free and cleansed from every trace of worry and sadness...
— Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

Parshat Metzora

The name of the Parshah, “Metzora,” is often translated as “leper” and it is found in Leviticus 14:2.

Last week’s Parshah described the signs of the metzora (commonly mistranslated as “ leper”)—a person afflicted by a spiritual malady which places him or her in a state of ritual impurity. This week’s Torah reading begins by detailing how the recovered metzora is purified by the kohen (priest) with a special procedure involving two birds, spring water in an earthen vessel, a piece of cedar wood, a scarlet thread and a bundle of hyssop.

A home can also be afflicted with tzaraat by the appearance of dark red or green patches on its walls. In a process lasting as long as nineteen days, a kohen determines if the house can be purified, or whether it must be demolished.

Ritual impurity is also engendered through a seminal or other discharge in a man, and menstruation or other discharge of blood in a woman, necessitating purification through immersion in a mikvah.

Learn: Metzora in Depth
Browse: Metzora Parshah Columnists
Prep: Devar Torah Q&A for Metzora
Read: Haftarah in a Nutshell
Play: Metzora Parshah Quiz