Shabbat of return, shabbat of repentance. Wishing everyone a shabbat of love and renewal.
Wishing everyone a healthy, meaningful and joyful new year.
כִּֽי־קָר֥וֹב אֵלֶ֛יךָ הַדָּבָ֖ר מְאֹ֑ד בְּפִ֥יךָ וּבִֽלְבָבְךָ֖ לַעֲשֹׂתֽוֹ׃ The thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it. May we all feel a feeling of return, a feeling of recreation, in this final Shabbat of the year. Shabbat shalom!
In the beautiful words of this week’s portion, we would like to bless our community that you may always be blessed in your comings and blessed in your goings. ברוך אתה בבואך וברוך אתה בצאתך Shabbat Shalom!
This week, Moses reminds the children of Israel of the blessing that they are receiving of entering the Land of Milk and Honey, the land blessed with fruits and flowing water. May we all look toward our own promised land and the blessings that lie ahead. Shabbat Shalom!
וַֽיְעַנְּךָ֮ וַיַּרְעִבֶךָ֒ וַיַּֽאֲכִֽלְךָ֤ אֶת הַמָּן֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר לֹא־יָדַ֔עְתָּ וְלֹ֥א יָדְע֖וּן אֲבֹתֶ֑יךָ לְמַ֣עַן הוֹדִֽעֲךָ֗ כִּ֠י לֹ֣א עַל־הַלֶּ֤חֶם לְבַדּוֹ֙ יִחְיֶ֣ה הָֽאָדָ֔ם כִּ֛י עַל־כָּל־מוֹצָ֥א פִֽי־ ה יִחְיֶ֥ה הָאָדָֽם׃ He subjected you to the hardship of hunger and then gave you manna to eat, which neither you nor your fathers had ever known, in order to teach you that man does not live on bread
On this Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat after Tisha b’Av in which we as a people are comforted, we at Chicago Jewish Funerals feel grateful to be celebrating (on August 1st) our 23rd year of having the privilege of serving the community, comforting the mourner and taking care of the deceased. We feel honored and humbled to be trusted time and
וַיִּקְח֤וּ בְיָדָם֙ מִפְּרִ֣י הָאָ֔רֶץ וַיּוֹרִ֖דוּ אֵלֵ֑ינוּ וַיָּשִׁ֨בוּ אֹתָ֤נוּ דָבָר֙ וַיֹּ֣אמְר֔וּ טוֹבָ֣ה הָאָ֔רֶץ אֲשֶׁר־ה אֱלֹקינוּ נֹתֵ֥ן לָֽנוּ They took some of the fruit of the land with them and brought it down to us. And they gave us this report: “It is a good land that the LORD our God is giving to us.” Shabbat Shalom!
Thai week, we follow the story of the children of Israel as they discover what is means to make a vow, to battle over land and to inherit land. May we all contribute to learn and be connected to our roots. Shabbat Shalom!