Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – October 1-2, 2021 (26 Tishrei 5782)

October 1-2, 2021                                                                             Shabbat Beresheet
26 Tishrei 5782                                                                                  Shabbat Mevarkhim HaChodesh


In this very first portion of the Torah, we read two separate descriptions of creation. In the first, the Divine creates male and female separately. In the second, the Divine creates a human (Adam) from the dust of the earth and only later creates a female companion from one of Adam’s ribs. In this second account, we learn the reason for the creation of the companion: “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a fitting mate for him.” These two differing accounts teach a single message: human beings are not meant to be alone. We are created to be in relationship with one another. In one account, we are equal; in the other, we learn that we are here to help and support one another. A kind word, a reassuring touch, or a compassionate ear from a friend can lift our spirits and remind us that we are not alone.

At the end of the creation story, Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden. They and all their descendants will live lives filled with various challenges and difficulties. But they are better able to face the trials of life because they are not alone on the journey.

Shabbat Mevarkhim HaChodesh
This Shabbat we bless the new month of Cheshvan, which will begin Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Please join in this week’s Shabbat celebrations on Channel 1960 or in the Synagogue

(Limited seating in the Synagogue; masks, please; no cell phones please)

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

Friday at 6:30 PM: Birthday Shabbat Service, offering blessings to Residents with October birthdays

Saturday at 10:00 AM: Shabbat Shacharit (Morning Service); Blessings in Dining Room at 12:15

Candle Lighting in the Dining Room – As you know, flame candles are not permitted in Resident apartments. You are invited to light Shabbat candles in the Dining Room.

Torah Talk – Shabbat afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Music Room (Limited seating; masks, please)

Candle lighting time for the city of Mission Viejo:

Friday evening at 6:16 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 7:10 PM

Shabbat Shalom                                                                                               Rabbi Sherman