Rabbi Sherman Weekly Torah Commentary September 30-October 1, 2022 (6 Tishrei 5783)

September 30-October 1, 2022                                                                                   Parashat Vayeilech

6 Tishrei 5783                                                                                                             Shabbat Shuva


This Torah portion marks the end of life for Moses. Turning his leadership over to Joshua, he tells the people: “The Eternal has said to me, ‘You shall not go across yonder Jordan’” (Deuteronomy 31:2). Moses then writes down his version of the Teaching, and he passes that down to Joshua, who carries it forward.

The Hasidic commentary Sefat Emet teaches: “Everyone has their own version of the Torah, and it might take a whole lifetime to discover it all.” One Torah was handed down to all of us – the one that came from Moses. It is our job to turn it, bring it into our hearts, and teach it to the ones who come after us.


Shabbat Shuva (Sabbath of Return) On this Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, we focus on themes of repentance and forgiveness.

Yom Kippur is coming! See the separate schedule for service times and other details.

G’mar chatima tova – may you be sealed for good and for blessing in the Book of Life.


Sukkot is coming!

Sukkot means “booths” or “huts” and is the name given to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. The holiday also has come to commemorate the 40 years of wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The holiday begins Sunday night, October 9. We’ll have our own Sukkah out on the patio for the entire week of the holiday. We’ll celebrate in the Sukkah with blessings and a holiday lunch – be sure to make a reservation with Myra!

Sukkot Day One Service: Monday, Oct. 10 at 10:00 AM – lunch in Sukkah at 12:15 PM

Sukkot Day Two Service: Tuesday, Oct 11 at 10:00 AM – lunch in Sukkah at 12:15 PM


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 6:19 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 7:12 PM

Candle lighting time for Yom Kippur: Tuesday at 6:13 PM

Yom Kippur ends: Wednesday evening at 6:29 PM.


Shabbat Shalom & G’mar Chatima Tova!                                                                                          Rabbi Sherman