Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – August 13-14, 2021 (6 Elul 5781)

August 13-14, 2021                                                                                       Parashat Shoftim
6 Elul 5781                                                                                                   


As we begin this month of Elul, we learn that true repentance means making our sins public:


“It is very praiseworthy for a person who repents to confess in public and to make his sins known to others… Anyone who, out of pride, conceals his sins and does not reveal them will not achieve complete repentance, as it is written: ‘He who conceals his sins will not succeed’” (Proverbs 28:13).

Mishneh Torah: Sefer Hamadah – Book of Knowledge, Hilchot T’shuvah 2:5


The month of Elul brings a season of introspection and reflection. We prepare for teshuva (repentance) and a new year by apologizing to those we’ve hurt. Here, our tradition is teaching us that apologizing is not sufficient; we must make our mistakes known to others as well.


May this season of reflection and public apology bring you healing and comfort.


 Friday at 4:15 PM: Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv (evening) Service

Friday at 5:15 PM: Shabbat Blessings in Dining Room

Saturday at 10:00 AM: Shabbat Shacharit (Morning Service)

Saturday at 12:15 PM: Blessings in Dining Room


We welcome Cantor Fran Chalin who will lead services this Shabbat.


Candle lighting time for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 7:21 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 8:17 PM



Shabbat Shalom!                                                                                              Rabbi Sherman