Before getting into the Halachic pieces, a couple of suggestions:
- Tone-setting is an important part of prayer. Even though we cannot pray in shul, put on some special clothing that you would normally wear to shul to help set the tone.
- Though we cannot pray together, for those blessed with a family, pray with them on Shabbos. There is something incredibly powerful about families coming together to pray.
- Shabbos is a time of joy. To the best of our abilities, let’s shut out the worry that we are experiencing and just take in the serenity if a truly quiet Shabbos.
- This Shabbos is Rosh Chodesh so Yaaleh V’yavo is added.
- You can say all the prayers except for Kaddish, Barchu, repetition of Shemoneh Esrei, Kedusha and Krias HaTorah.
- On Friday night, say “Veychulu” after Shemoneh Esrei. Do not say and the blessing of “Magen Avos” through “Baruch ata Hashem, Mikadesh HaShabbos.”
- On Shabbos day, add Half Hallel for Rosh Chodesh.
- Torah reading is Parshas Tazria-Metzora (Vayikra 12:1 -15:33. Maftir for Rosh Chodesh is Bamidar 28:9-15. Haftorah is Yeshaya 66:1-24, 66:23
- Skip Yekum Purkan. Omit Av Harachamim.
- Say special Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Mussaf.
- We will be making Havdallah via Zoom after Shabbos. If you are able to make your own Havdallah, that is ideal. However, if you cannot, then you can fulfill your obligation through the Zoom Havdallah.
- On Wednesday, April 29th we observe Yom Ha’atzmaut. Our shul custom is to say the Shabbos-Yom Tov Pesukei D’zimra until Yehi Chevod. At that point one says Mizmor L’soda and Yehi Chevod and continues with the weekday davening (similar to Hoshana Rabbah)
- Our shul’s custom is to say the full Hallel after Shemoneh Esrei.