Saturday night is Selichot. It is the way we really make sure that we have done some of the initial preparations of our spirit and soul as we enter the New Year. We recite familiar High Holy Day prayers like the Al Cheyt and Avinu Malkeinu. We hear the shofar sounds. These begin to ready…Read more »


Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30 We always read Parshat Nitzavim on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  This short double Torah portion echoes the themes of this season.  If we return in repentance, teshuvah to God, then God will open our hearts and embrace us.  In Jewish tradition God is the Force in…Read more »

Chodesh Tov

Today the Jewish month of Elul begins. This is the end and the beginning. It is the last month of 5771. The end of the year. But the beginning of the process of cheshbon hanefesh which is the deep introspection of the soul. We are to begin the process of repentance now. Not wait for…Read more »