Rabbi Sherman Weekly Torah Commentary August 19-20, 2022 (23 Av 5782)

August 19-20, 2022                                                                          Parashat Ekev
23 Av 5782                                                                                       Shabbat Mevarkhim haChodesh


Moses speaks to the Children of Israel one last time before they cross over into the Promised Land. He reminds them of the covenant, the mutual agreement with the Divine. Rabbi Arnie Eisen writes that the covenant depends on us—that justice and compassion will increase in the world only if we put them there. “Goodness awaits our doing…” he writes. Our parsha reminds us that what we do in this world matters: how we behave in business, how we treat enemies and strangers, how we interact with family and friends, what we eat, how we argue, how we live in our communities, whether and how we take care of the planet, and how we demonstrate love. Rabbi Eisen teaches: “The path of good deeds needs us to walk it and re-walk it, alone and together, every day.”


Haftarah of Consolation – We read the second of seven special Haftarah portions of consolation leading up to Rosh HaShanah. This week’s reading from the Book of Isaiah begins with a sad statement and continues with positive, hopeful promises of a future redemption.


Shabbat Mevarkhim HaChodesh
This Shabbat we bless the new month of Elul, which will begin Friday night and Saturday.



Guest Rabbi Sarah DePaulo – Thursday, August 18 at 3:00 PM in the Synagogue

Rabbi DePaulo is Associate Rabbi at Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’a lot.

Her presentation is titled: “Finding the Blessings in the Brokenness of our Lives”



Candle Lighting in the Dining Room – As you know, Residents are not permitted to light flame candles in Resident apartments. Shabbat candles are available in the Dining Room; you are invited to light when you are in the Dining Room for Shabbat dinner.


Please join our Shabbat celebrations in the Synagogue (masks required) or on Channel 1960

Friday at 5:00 PM            Shabbat Blessings in the Dining Room

Friday at 6:30 PM            Shabbat Evening Service with Rabbi Sherman & Ellie Sherman

Saturday at 10:00 AM    Shabbat Morning Service followed by Blessings in the Dining Room


Candle lighting time for Shabbat for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 7:14 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 8:10 PM


Shabbat Shalom                                                                                                                                Rabbi Sherman