Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – October 8-9, 2021 (3 Cheshvan 5782)

October 8-9, 2021                                                                                                          Shabbat Noach
3 Cheshvan 5782                                                                                                                   


“Noah was a righteous man; he was blameless in his age…” (Genesis 6:9).

Noah is the only one person in the entire Torah known as a tzaddik (a righteous person). But was this such a great honor? Noah was said to be the best among his generation, but his generation was known to be lawless. Furthermore, when Noah learned that the Divine plan was to destroy the earth and all the people in it, Noah remained silent and did not speak out on their behalf. And we have seen in our own lifetime what can happen when people remain silent in the face of injustice.

Noah may have been righteous compared to the lawless in his generation, but our text is clear that he was not perfect. He could have done better. Isn’t this just like all of us? We strive for righteousness, yet we are human and make mistakes. Rabbi Aaron Bisno claims that as long as we strive to be the best we can be, then people can depend on us. Do you agree?

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: Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma’ariv (Evening Service)

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


Thank you for demonstrating Derekh Eretz (good manners) in the Dining Room on Shabbat

Candles – As you know, flame candles are not permitted in apartments. You are invited to light Shabbat candles in the Dining Room. Please keep distance from candles when you are not lighting.

Wine – Our sweet, kosher wine is for the blessings only; it is not a dinner wine to be consumed all throughout the meal. With wine and blessing, we sanctify Shabbat – we make the day holy.

Blessings – If you arrive at the Dining Room during the blessings, please wait at the door. Once the blessings have concluded, please feel free to enter the Dining Room to find your seat.


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 6:07 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 7:01 PM



Shabbat Shalom                                                                                               Rabbi Sherman