• Rabbi Ariel Tal

Christchurch Attacks, COVID-19 - Community and Isolation

Updated: Apr 12, 2020

This article is the Rabbi's Derasha given on Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei 5780.

When the WJCC was the Only Orthodox Jewish Community Open on Shabbat.


We are in the interim between Purim and Pesach. Today we read the special Torah reading of Shabbat HaChodesh, the first month of Nissan, the month of Pesach.

In Purim, the catalyst for change was when all of the Jews got together – and Mordechai tells Esther “Go and gather all of the Jews”. Esther does so while dressing in sacks and leading the people in Tefilla for three days, which happened to be the first three days of Passover! Those three days inspired the reversal of the Jewish people’s fate, and set the stage for the celebration of Purim for generations.