Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – July 23-24, 2021 (15 Av 5781)

July 23-24, 2021                                                                                Parashat Va’etchanan
15 Av 5781                                                                                         Shabbat Nachamu
Tu B’Av

Our text reinforces the idea that we have free will. We cannot always control our circumstances, but we are responsible for our own ethical and spiritual choices. The text suggests that while we have free will to choose, we will be rewarded for following the commandments: “Do what is right and good in the sight of the Eternal, that it may go well with you (Deuteronomy 6:18).

Shabbat Nachamu The Shabbat following Tish’a B’Av is called Shabbat Nachamu (Shabbat of Comfort/Consolation). In our Haftarah for this Shabbat, the prophet Isaiah speaks of comforting the Jewish people for their suffering. This is the first of seven special Shabbatot of comfort leading to Rosh HaShanah.
Tu B’Av The fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Av is celebrated in Israel as Yom Ahava (Day of Love), or Chag HaAhava (Holiday of Love). This is a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar and when it does not fall on Shabbat, is a popular day for weddings. No weddings here at Heritage Pointe, but watch your ledge for a special treat from staff and know how much you are loved!

Candle lighting time for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 7:39 PM
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 8:38 PM

Shabbat Shalom!                                        Rabbi Sherman