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Spirituality

Torah Portion/Synagogues

The Significance Of The 8th Day

Shabbat Metzora:
Leviticus 14:1-15:33;
II Kings 7:3-20.

T

he Torah declares that the
consecration of a newborn
male as a member of the
Jewish people, is to take place on the
eighth day after the baby's birth; of
this, we are commanded in this week's
Torah portion. Why on the eighth
day?
Last week, we were told "On the
eighth day, Moses called Aaron and
his sons ..." This was after Aaron and
his sons had spent seven days conse-
crating themselves to serve as the
priests of the people of Israel. On the
eighth day, Moses calls to them, and
they appear before the whole assembly ,
of the people to be publicly consecrat-
ed as priests. Why on the eighth day?
It might be supposed that such cer-
emonies should take place on the sev-

Irwin Groner is rabbi emeritus of
Congregation Shaarey Zedek.

enth day? Seven is such a typical num-
of Sukkot. The holiday of Chanukah
ber in the Bible, and seems to be the
is famous for its eight days. Jewish tra-
natural number of cyclical occur-
dition tells of the pure oil which
rences. Sabbath is the seventh day and
burned for eight days instead of one.
signifies the end of a week. Seven
All this shows that we have two
weeks are counted in order to have
special numbers in Jewish tradition:
the Sabbatical year of rest for the land,
seven and eight. Seven days, or years,
for in the seventh year, no working of
constitute a seemingly natural cycle.
the land is allowed. So, if seven is
But the eighth day is the day of tran-
such a meaningful number, why is the
sition, the day when new roles are
eighth day the one set aside
assumed. The newborn is
for acts of consecration?
just a baby, not formally ini-
Let us consider other
tiated to any nation, until
events that occur on the
the brit mitah on the eighth
eighth day. All cleansing rit-
day. He then becomes a
uals in the Torah, whether it
member of the Jewish peo-
is a leper or someone with
ple, a partner in the
emissions, are done on the
covenant of Abraham.
eighth day. That is, the
Aaron and his sons under-
unclean person must wait
went preparation to be
seven days observing rituals
priests for seven days; but
RABBI IRWIN
of cleansing; and on the
on the eighth day, they
GRO NER
eighth day, that person
assumed the role of priests
Speci
a I to the
brings a sacrifice and leaves
in front of all Israel.
Jewish News
the state of uncleanliness.
Rabbi Pinchas Peli
The holiday of Sukkot
offered this interpretation.
ends with a holy day, which is the
The eighth day is special because it
eighth day, Shemini Atzeret.
adds another dimension to God's cre-
Solomon's dedication of the Temple
ation. If seven is the number conse-
was for eight days, during the festival
crated by God, it is eight that man,

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CONSERVATIVE

ADAT SHALOM SYNAGOGUE

29901 Middlebelt, Farmington Hills, 48334, (248) 851-
5100. Rabbis: Daniel Nevins, Herbert Yoskowitz, Rachel
Lawson Shere. Rabbi emeritus: Efry Spectre. Cantor:
Yevsey Gutman. Cantor emeritus: Larry Vieder. Services:
Friday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 am., 8 p.m.; weekdays 7:30
am., 6 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 am. Bar mitzvah of Aaron
Klisman, son of Anne and Mark Klisman.

AHAVAS ISRAEL (GRAND RAPIDS)

2727 Michigan St SE, Grand Rapids, 49506-1297, (616)
949-2840. Rabbi: David J.B. Krishef. Cantor. Stuart R.
Rapaport. Services: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 7:30
am.; Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

BELT KODESH

31840 W. Seven Mile, Livonia, (248) 477-8974. Cantor.
David Gutman. President Larry Stein. Vice presidents:
Martin Diskin, Al Gittleman. Services: Friday 8 p.m.;
Saturday 9 am.

CONGREGATION BETH AHM

5075 W. Maple, West Bloomfield, 48322, (248) 851-6880.
Ritual director: Joseph Mermelstein. Rabbi emeritus: A
Irving Schnipper. Cantor Emeritus: Shabtai Ackerman.
Guest rabbi: Aaron Bergman. Visiting scholar: Dr. Howard
Lupovitch. Services: Friday 6 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m.,
7:45 p.m.; weekdays 7 a.m., 7 p.m.; Sundays and civic
holidays: 8:15 a.m., 5 p.m.

BETH ISRAEL (FLINT)

G-5240 Calkins Road, Riot, 48532, (810) 732-6310.
Cantor emeritus: Sholom Kalib. President: Dr. Harold
Steinman. Services: Saturday 9:30 am., 6 p.m.; weekdays
7:30 a.m., 6 p.m.; Sunday and legal holidays 8 a.m., 6
p.m. lvriah religious school (810) 732-6312.

BETH ISRAEL (ANN ARBOR)
CONGREGATION

U-M Hillel; 1429 Hill St. Ann Arbor 48104. (734) 769-
0500. Rabbi: Jason A. Miller. Co-chairs: Naomi Karp, Perry
Teicher. Egalitarian Cariebach-style service at casndle-
lighting time Fridays. Monthly Shabbat morning service.
Monthly Shabbat Minchah Seudah Shlishit Check Web
site for times www.umhillel.org

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ISAAC AGREE DOWNTOWN
SYNAGOGUE

1457 Griswold, Detroit, 48226, (313) 961-9328. Chazan:
Cantor Usher Adler. Baal Kriah: Howard Marcus. Cantorial
soloist Neil Barris. Ritual director. Dr. Martin Herman.
President Dr. Ellen Kahn. Services: Saturday 8:30 a.m.

CONGREGATION SHAAREY ZEDEK

146 South Ave., Mt Clemens, 48043, (586) 465-0641.
Services: weekdays 7:15 a.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.; Sunday
8 a.m.

Rabbis: Joseph H. Krakoff, Jonathan E. Berkun, Eric S.
Yanoff. Rabbi emeritus: Irwin Groner. Cantor: Chaim
Najman. Ritual director. Leonard Gutman.
Southfield: 27375 Bell Road, Southfield, 48034, (248)
357-5544. Services: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 7:30
a.m.; Monday, Thursday 7:15 a.m.; daily 6 p.m.; Friday 6
p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m., 7:45 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 a.m. Bar
mitzvah of Derek Jacob Shillman, son of Barbara and
Jeffrey Shillman. Thursday, April 21, Fast of Firstborn and
siyyum at 7 a.m.
West Bloomfield, B'nai Israel Center 4200 Walnut Lake
Road, West Bloomfield, 48323-2772, (248) 357-5544.
Services: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 7:15 am.; Monday,
Thursday 7 am.; daily 6 p.m.; Friday 6 p.m.; Saturday 9
am., 7:45 p.m.; Sunday 9 am. Thursday, April 21, Fast of
Firstborn and siyyum at 7 am.

CONGREGATION B'NAI MOSHE

TEMPLE ISRAEL

2000 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, 48104, (734) 665-9897.
Rabbi: Robert Dobnjsin. Services: Friday 6 p.m.; Saturday
9:30 am.; weekdays 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 p.m.

CONGREGATION BETH SHALOM

14601 W. Lincoln, Oak Park, 48237, (248) 547-7970.
Rabbi: David A. Nelson. Cantor. Samuel L Greenbaum.
Ritual director: Rev. Samuel Semp. Services: Friday 6 p.m.;
Saturday 9 a.m., 6:30 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m., 5 p.m.; week-
days 7 am., 6:30 p.m. JAMD Shabbat.

BETH TEPHILATH MOSES

6800 Drake, West Bloomfield, 48322, (248) 788-0600.
Rabbi: Elliot Pechter. Cantor: Earl Berris. Services: Friday 6
p.m.; Saturday 9 am., 8 p.m.; Monday-Friday 7 a.m.,
Monday-Thursday 6 p.m.; Sunday and legal holidays 9
a.m.; Sunday 6 p.m. Bat mitzvah of Sara Nathanson,
daughter of Sheryl and Gregg Nathanson.

2300 Center Ave., Bay City, 48708; (989) 893-7811.
Cantor: Daniel Gale. President Dr. Jonathan Abramson.
Services: Saturday 9:30 a.m. A liberal, egalitarian congre-
gation serving the ti-cities area. Religious and Hebrew
education programs for children and adults.

the partner of God in the world, can
add to the sanctity of the world. On
the eighth day, we sanctify God's cre-
ation and thus bring about consecra-
tion.
Yet, the seventh day remains the
holy day. Indeed, the reason that the
eighth day is chosen is because the
newborn must have lived through a
Shabbat before he can be consecrated
to the people Israel. A Jew must expe-
rience Shabbat as the potential to
become a member of the nation is
actualized only after the holiness of
one Shabbat has passed. After experi-
encing God's holy Sabbath, man can
then participate in the task of increas-
inc, holiness in the world, fulfillinc, his
b as the partner of the Lord.
task

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DIDEPENDENT

AHAVAT SHALOM

413 N. Division St, Traverse City. 49684, (231) 929-4330.
Rabbi: Chava (Stacie) Bahle. Weekly Shabbat celebrations,
holidays. year round programming, children's education.
Summer programming for downstate visitors.

GROSSE POINTE JEWISH COUNCIL

(313) 882-6700. Rabbi: Nicholas Behrmann. Cantorial
soloist Bryant Frank.

jEWBILATION

P.O. Box 130014, Ann Arbor, 48103, (734) 996-3524 or
995-1963. Rev. Lauren Zinn. Services: Friday 6:15, follow-
ing dinner. Jewish Roots with Interfaith Wings holds bi-
monthly Shabbat dinner, services, kids' programs, family
school and Hebrew school for all ages.

ORIMODOX
AGUDAS YISROEL MOGEN
ABRAHAM

15751 W. Lincoln, Southfield, 48075. (248) 552-1971.
Rabbis: Dov Loketch, Asher Eisenberger. President Irwin
Cohen.

ANN ARBOR CHABAD HOUSE

715 Hill St, Ann Arbor, 48104, (734) 995-3276. Rabbi:
Aharon Goldstein. Services: Friday at sundown; Saturday
9:45 am., 20 min. before sundown; weekdays 7:30 a.m.;
Sunday 9 a.m. Times for weekdays and Sunday are for
the academic year.

ANN ARBOR ORTHODOX MINYAN

1429 Hill St, Ann Arbor, 48014. Rabbi: Rod Glogower.
Services: Friday at sundown; Saturday 9:30 a.m. and 20
minutes before sundown; weekdays during the academic
year 7:30 am.; Sunday 9 am.

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