Monthly Bulletin March 2019 - Page 2

Rabbi Lisa Gelber


Dear Friends,

I write following the 20th anniversary of the death of my dear friend Cantor Joshua Gluckstern-Reiss, z'l. Josh's yahrzeit (anniversary of death) snuck up on me this year. I still remember coming from Megillah reading to visit Josh's bedside in full on clown costume on Purim just days before his death. With this year's Purim costume still in the back of my closet, it felt strange to commemorate this loss so many weeks before the observance of this topsy turvy holiday celebration this year. How did this happen?

Because the Jewish calendar is guided by the moon, some years we have shana m'uberet - a pregnant year in which we add an additional month (of Adar) to make up the lunar calendar's lost days and align


our Jewish Holidays with their appropriate seasons. This practice of Adar I and Adar II can make observance of yahrzeit in the month of Adar somewhat confusing if we're guided solely by our memory of loss within proximity to the celebration of Purim.

Here's the rule for yahrzeit in the month(s) of Adar:

Yahrzeit for someone who died in the month of Adar is observed in the same month, on the same day in a year with Adar I and Adar II. So, if a loved one died in a year with only one Adar, yahrzeit is observed in Adar I when there are 2 months of Adar. Some observe in both Adar I and Adar II. When a loved one dies in Adar I of a leap year (year with Adar I and Adar II), yahrzeit is observed in Adar when only one month of Adar (because when else would you observe it!) and Adar I in a year with Adar I and Adar II.

Moving, as we do from sadness to joy, our tradition teaches mi shenichnas Adar, marbim v'simcha - as we enter into the Hebrew month of Adar, our joy is multiplied. Thanks to the imagination of

Kori Rehfield and Adele Solomon, our sanctuary will be transformed in appearance - uplifted in beauty this year to invite greater joy into ourselves and our community for the month of Adar II. Come and experience it beginning March 8, 2019 - Rosh Hodesh Adar II.

We celebrate Purim, a hi-light of Adar, in Adar II in shana m'uberet, this year Wednesday evening March 20 through Thursday, March 21 (14 Adar II). Come raise up the joy and hear the whole Megillah beginning at 7pm on March 20th. We'll be live in the Sanctuary with a simulcast on TV in the Social Hall. We invite everyone to bring a closed box of pasta (uncooked) to use as a grogger/noisemaker. After Purim, we'll donate these food items to Westside Campaign Against Hunger, fulfilling the mitzvah of matanot l'evyonim/gifts for the poor. If you have a special grogger made at Religious School, home or elsewhere, bring that too!

My friend Josh carried remarkable joy throughout his life. Belly laughs came as easily as breathing and his joy for life was contagious. His yahrzeit may have been in Adar I. I'll carry him with me throughout Adar II this year, making space for the memory of his joy and laughter to permeate the world.


Rabbi Lisa Gelber