This week we began the 5th of the 5 books of Moses (Hachamisheet of the Chamisha Chumshay Torah)–Devarim. The Israelites are finally going to enter the Land of Eretz Yisrael after 40 Years Ba-Midbar. The Land will not be handed to them. There will still be many more years of battle and strife before the land is finally brought under Israelite rule. It was the Land that God promised to Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca and Jacob, Leah and Rachel. God promised that it would be theirs for all time. God did not promise that it would come easily or that there would always be peace. The responsibility is ours to constantly secure the land and to bring peace. The promise and reality continues to this day.
This Shabbat we return from our bit of a summer break from Shabbat Torah Study and are privileged to learn with Ruth Bergman. We will be comparing the major themes of the Parsha and Haftarah–Shabbat Chazon, land, covenant, social justice. 9:45 a.m. Come as you are. Stay as long as you like.
P.S. Please note that this coming Monday evening is Tisha B’Av. http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Tisha_BAv.shtml. There will be a Community Wide Observance held at B’nai Moshe this year starting at 8:45 p.m. While we remember the horrible tragedies that our enemies purposely perpetrated against us specifically to coincide on this date, we also use this day to remember that we must be strong as a people. Now that Israel has been restored to us in our lifetimes, we remember that Israel must be strong and that we must do everything possible to protect Israel and the Jewish people from our enemies. My guess is that there will also be time to reflect on this as well as we gather as a community. Make an effort to be there. http://www.adatshalom.org/flyers/TishaBav-fly14.pdf