Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – August 20-21, 2021 (13 Elul 5781)

August 20-21, 2021                                                                                       Parashat Ki Teitzei
13 Elul 5781                                                                                                 


During this month of Elul, we begin the process of Teshuva (repentance). Confronting change, asking forgiveness, and offering apologies can feel overwhelming. So let’s take things one step at a time. A Hasidic master once asked his students: “How far is it from east to west?” He then answered his own question: “Easy – just one turn. Turn around in the opposite direction.”


Start small. Identify what needs to be changed, and then begin by taking one small step in the opposite direction. This is the essence of Teshuva.



Please join in this week’s Shabbat celebrations in the Synagogue (masks, please)

or on Channel 1960


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 Rabbi/Cantor Marcia Tilchin who will lead services this Shabbat.



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 before or after your Shabbat dinner.


Candle lighting time for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 7:13 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 8:08 PM




Shabbat Shalom!                                                                                              Rabbi Sherman