Rabbi Sherman Weekly Torah Commentary August 5-6, 2022 (9 Av 5782)


August 5-6, 2022                                                                                            Parashat Devarim
9 Av 5782                                                                                                        Shabbat Chazon


In this first parsha in the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses recounts to the Israelites episodes from the 40 years in the wilderness. He also speaks of their upcoming conquest of the land of Canaan.

Shabbat Chazon

Shabbat Chazon (Shabbat of Vision) is the Shabbat immediately preceding the mourning and fasting of Tisha B’Av. Named for the week’s reading from the Book of the Prophets, the text includes Isaiah’s message of rebuke and doom (Isaiah 1:1-27). This Shabbat also is called the Black Sabbath, as it is the saddest Shabbat of the year. This is in contrast to the White Sabbath, which is the Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur (also called Shabbat Shuvah).

Guest Rabbi Peter Levi – Thursday, August 4 at 3:00 PM in the Synagogue

Rabbi Levi is the Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

He will share current updates on local and national incidents of antisemitism

Tisha B’Av (9th of Av, falls on August 7) – Day of Mourning

Tisha B’Av marks the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem: the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E. and the second by the Romans in 70 C.E. Some mourn these events by sitting on low stools or on the floor chanting Eicha (Lamentations) and kinot (liturgical poems). Some people fast on this day.

Tu B’Av (15th of Av, falls on August 12) – Day of Love  

The Talmud refers to Tu B’Av as a festive day when “the young women of Israel would dress in white and go out to the fields and the young men would follow after them” (Ta’anit 4:8). The origins and meaning of Tu B’Av customs are unknown. Possibly this was a mid-summer festival filled with dancing and romancing. Some believe that Tu B’Av’s full moon inspired romance between young people.


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

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 7:29 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 8:26 PM


Shabbat Shalom                                                                                                                                Rabbi Sherman