Shabbat Netzavim-Vayelech 5777–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom will feature Ruth Bergman–Standing before God

How do you approach Rosh Hashanah? One of my favorite Bible verses comes from this week’s Parasha. “Lo bashamayim he” we are told by Moshe in Deuteronomy 30:12. “It is not in the Heavens…” We learn from this that all that God expects from us is within our reach and grasp.

The Sages tell us that Netzavim always falls within a week of Rosh Hashanah exactly because God wants to remind us how important our own personal choices and decisions are to our futures and that this applies to each and every one of us.

So too, the gift of Rosh Hashanah is within our reach. How many ways can you think of that Rosh Hashanah truly is a gift? The question is what will you do with that gift? Will you unwrap it, unpack it and make a lot of use out of it? Or, will it be one that gets little attention after it is received? Will you thank the Giver of the gift? How do you express your gratitude for the priceless gift you pray to receive?

This week’s Parasha begins with the words: “You are standing TODAY day ALL OF YOU before the LORD your God.” Deuteronomy 29:9. Some say the day is Rosh Hashanah. Others say that it is EVERY DAY. Everyone agrees that it applies to each of us.

This Shabbat, we learn with our teacher Ruth Bergman who will address with us the subject of “What does it mean to stand before God? What does it mean to choose life?” 9:45 a.m. Come as you are. Stay as long as you like.

Zachreynu l’chaim, Melech chafetz b’chaim, v’chatveynu b’sefer hachaim. “Remember us for life, O King Who seeks to give life, and inscribe us in the Book of Life..”

Avinu Malkeynu, I pray for each of us to have a Shanah tovah u’metukah (“a good and sweet year”).

Shabbat shalom,

Paul

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