Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – August 27-28, 2021 (20 Elul 5781)

August 27-28, 2021                                                                                                                                        Parashat Ki Tavo
20 Elul 5781

The Torah describes three rituals that Israelites had to perform, as individuals and as a community, upon entering the Land of Israel. The rituals express gratitude at having arrived in the land, and that gratitude is also tied to the memory of struggle. One ritual demands that Israelites set aside the tithe (ten percent of their yield) and give it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. The tithe reminds us that Jews are obligated to give to society’s most vulnerable.

Our people have known struggle. So even when we celebrate—indeed, especially when we celebrate—we remember those who are less fortunate and try to ease their burden.

Selichot Service – Saturday at 6:30 PM on Channel 1960 or in the Synagogue (Limited seating; Residents only; masks, please)
Selichot are penitential prayers that we offer beginning on Saturday night before Rosh HaShanah. In a year when Rosh HaShanah begins on a Sunday or Monday night, as it does this year, we hold our Selichot service a week earlier in order to have more time to prepare for the Holy Days. This is our opportunity to prepare our selves and our souls for the upcoming Days of Awe. Join Rabbi Sherman and Cantorial Soloist Michael Sokol for this very special annual service.

Please join in this week’s Shabbat celebrations on Channel 1960 or in the Synagogue
(Limited seating; Residents only; masks, please)
Friday at 4:15 PM: Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma’ariv (Evening Service); Blessings in Dining Room at 5:15
Saturday at 10:00 AM: Shabbat Shacharit (Morning Service); Blessings in Dining Room at 12:15

Candle lighting time for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 7:04 PM
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 7:59 PM

Shabbat Shalom!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rabbi Sherman