At the Flemington Jewish Community Center (FJCC), we don’t just “do Judaism at you.” Instead, we encourage participation by congregants in our services. Adults and teenagers frequently play these roles in the service:
∙ Lifting or tying the Torah scroll
∙ Taking an aliyah at the Torah reading
∙ Leading the Kiddush blessings
∙ Leading part of the service
∙ Reading from the Torah
∙ Chanting the haftarah
∙ Giving a d'var Torah (a talk related to the weekly portion)
∙ Commenting in response to the d'var Torah or the rabbi’s sermon
Children are encouraged to lead selected parts of the Friday evening service and the closing parts of the Saturday morning service.
The FJCC is an egalitarian, Conservative congregation. We currently use the Sim Shalom siddur and Etz Hayim text of Torah readings. For help with the Hebrew parts of the service, transliterations are available, and all Hebrew texts come with line-by-line translations. No knowledge of Hebrew is required for you to participate in the discussion of the Torah portion. Our rabbi and ritual committee are eager to help you learn how to play whatever active role interests you.
Schedule of Services
Friday - 7:30 pm
Saturday - 9:15 am
Sunday - 9:00 am
Weekday Minyan - Upon Request
Torah portion for March 28, 2020
Take this quiz about the week's Torah portion ... can you find the answers online?
1. Which offering was considered the most holy and why?
2. What ingredients are specifically mentioned as being omitted from all meal offerings? Was honey permitted? Why or why not? Was salt permitted? Why or why not? And what is the significance of putrefaction or preservation?
3. For a peace offering of the herd, was the animal supposed to be male or female?
4. What was done with the fat and blood from these sacrifices, and what statute does this connect to today?
5. What is the Hebrew word for “meal offering”?
6. What is the difference between a free will meal offering and a meal offering brought for a sin?
7. Why did the person bringing a sacrifice place his hands on the head of the animal?
8. If someone caused a loss to the Sanctuary by unintentionally taking a holy thing for his/her use, what was the required sacrifice?
9. What was the penalty if one committed a sin against a neighbor, such as not returning a found article, and why might this recompense be unfair to the aggrieved?
10. In the beginning of this parashah, from where did God’s voice come when He spoke to Moses?
Now, here are the answers to the quiz:
1. The meal offering was considered the most holy because it could only be eaten by the priests and only within the precincts of the Sanctuary (2:3).
2. Leaven was omitted from all meal offerings. Honey was not permitted because it putrefies. Salt was supposed to be used in meal offerings because it prevents putrefaction. Putrefaction symbolizes moral degradation and salt symbolizes that which is lasting, such as our Covenant with God (2:11-13).
3. Either male or female animals were acceptable (3:1).
4. Fat was burned in the fire as a sweet savor to God. The blood was sprinkled around the altar, sometimes on the horns of the altar. From this we learn that we are commanded forever not to eat blood or fat (3:2-4, 17).
5. Minha is Hebrew for meal offering (2:3).
6. For a meal offering brought for a sin, no oil or frankincense was mixed with the fine flour (2:1).
7. This symbolized that the animal was designated as the substitute for the person who brought it (1:4).
8. A ram without blemish out of the flock, restitution of the item used, plus a 20% penalty (5:15-16).
9. The offender would be required to restore the item in full, plus pay 20%, of the value at the time of the offense. With inflation, the aggrieved might only receive a fraction of the value of what was stolen if he was paid in currency (5:21-26).
10. God’s voice came from the tent of meeting (1:1).
Provided by the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies