Musical Note By Cantor Sherwood Goffin
The Harbinger of Purim and a Milestone Family Bar Mitzvah
This Shabbat we will bless the new month as we always do with the recitation of "M'vorchim Hachodesh,” the Yehi Rotson paragraph that we insert before Ashrei once a month before we return the Torah to the Ark. Normally, this would be the introduction to the month of Adar and the coming of Purim. However, since this is a leap year in the lunar-based Jewish calendar, there will be two months of Adar, and we will only celebrate Purim in Adar II. I will allude to the missing
Purim in Adar I by announcing the day of Rosh Chodesh with the melody of Megillat Esther. However, I will not sing a Purim melody, as I would usually do for the paragraph of “Y'chad'sheihu," to show that Purim is not quite here yet.
I am informing you about this month's musical allusion to Purim because Batya and I will not be here for next month's Blessing of the New Month of Adar II when I would utilize Purim melodies for the entire blessing. Our absence is because that Shabbat will be THE BAR MITZVAH OF OUR OLDEST GRANDCHILD, YONI
Daven Well and Sing Along!