Rabbi Sherman Weekly Torah Commentary September 9-10, 2022 (14 Elul 5782)

 September 9-10, 2022                                                                                                Parashat Ki Tetze

14 Elul 5782                                                                                                               

This week’s Torah portion teaches that one who discovers a lost item, such as a stray animal or an article of clothing, must return that item to its owner. Property in biblical times had economic implications; a traveling salesperson who lost his ox would also lose his business. Just as in biblical times, property holds emotional and even spiritual value. Jewish tradition tells us that we ought to care about people, but even this is not sufficient; we also must make every attempt to return valued belongings.

This mitzvah of returning lost items applies to anything and everything that might get lost. If someone loses her health, we are obligated to help heal her (or guide her to a doctor). If someone gets lost, we are obligated to help him find his way. We help each other recover from loss.

 For Reflection:

How far would you go to return a found item? How far have you gone?

How far would you want someone else to go to return a lost item of yours?


Haftarah of Consolation – We read the fifth of seven special Haftarah portions of consolation leading up to Rosh HaShanah. Because the third of the seven fell on Rosh Chodesh and we didn’t read it then, we add that reading this week. The readings come from the Book of Isaiah. We learn that the key to redemption is in acts of righteousness, and we read that the Holy One promises us great mercy and everlasting kindness.


Getting Ready for the Holy Days – Wednesday, September 14 at 10:30 AM

Share your family customs, and learn about the prayers and rituals for the Holy Days.


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 6:47 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 7:41 PM


Shabbat Shalom                                                                                                                                Rabbi Sherman