Here is a game changer. The rabbis relate these Torah portions to the importance of guarding your tongue and the pernicious consequences of improper speech. The Sages tell us that when we ultimately have our day in the Heavenly Court, the Almighty will show us the sins we committed on earth as well as our mitzvoth. For some reason that thought does not seem to scare most people, so read on…In one scenario, there will be mistakes in our Sefer Chayim (you know, the one we pray about on RH and YK). There will be sins that we did not commit! There could be mitzvoth that we spent our lives involved with, but are nowhere to be found in our book. We will try to argue with God. “Those are not my sins!” “Where is the credit for all of the tzedakah I gave?” In another scenario, you may see mitzvoth, perhaps great ones that were not truly yours, but which are credited to your account. God will tell us that there is a Heavenly transfer system. If we say Lashon Harah about someone, we will get their sins attributed to us (especially if those were the sins we spoke of) and our mitzvoth will be transferred to them. Maybe we will score some great mitzvah points because someone gossiped about us! We all have heard the adage that Lashon Harah kills 3—the speaker, the listener and the subject. What if we knew that every time we spoke of someone in an improper way, that it actually cost us a goal, basket, run or touchdown in the game of life? What if we treated every day like it was a tie game with the outcome determined by who opened their mouth next?
This Shabbat we learn with Rabbi Rachel Shere at 10:00 a.m. Our Torah Study is always enlightening and inspiring and all are welcome to be a part of this warm and welcoming community. Come as you are. Stay as long as you like.