Rabbi Feingold's D'var Torah

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This week, both on Simchat Torah (tonight and tomorrow) and this Shabbat, we read from Bereishit, the first parasha of the Torah. Last Shabbat, at our first bi-monthly Torah Study class, we started with the very first word.  Everyone in the class was able to recite the translation of this word (also Bereishit) in English:   “In the beginning.”  But, surprisingly, we noted in the various Bibles and Torah commentaries we had before us, there are other translations:  “When God began (to create)….” “When God was about to (create)…”   What we had all learned was in fact just one interpretation of what “Bereishit” means.  Even translations are interpretations.  We had such a good time discussing the word “Bereishit” and its impact on the rest of the verse, that we will still be on Gen. 1:1, when the class meets again on Oct 21.  If this intrigues you, join us!  In the meantime, we will read from the end of Deuteronomy and the first days of Creation tonight and tomorrow morning on Simchat Torah.  Chag Samei’ach!

There are two different Torah readings for Sukkot.  On the first day, we read about the observance of Sukkot in biblical times from the Book of Leviticus.  On Shabbat Chol Hamo’ed Sukkot (the Shabbat during the festival), we read from the Book of Exodus a passage that has nothing to do with Sukkot.  Or does it? In this passage, Moses asks to see God’s glory, and God answers:  “I will make all of My goodness pass before you….” (Ex 33: 19)  God has Moses stand in the cleft of a rock so that “you will see My back, but My face shall not be seen.” (33:23) This passage was chosen because Sukkot is a festival on which we are invited to appreciate what God provides in the world by spending time outside in the brilliance of the fall harvest season and by experiencing joy in the Sukkah.   In so doing, we do not see God, but God’s goodness does indeed pass before us.”  May you find yourself enjoying nature and camaraderie in a Sukkah this coming week.  Chag Samei’ach!

The new Mishkan HaNefesh mahzor offers us a variety of Torah and Haftarah portions for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. At Beth Hillel, we have begun to rotate through the various options from year to year. On Yom Kippur afternoon this year, our Torah text will be Genesis 50, the story of Jacob’s and Joseph’s deaths. This is an interesting passage for Yom Kippur, a day on which we are contemplating our own mortality and the meaning of our lives. In addition, the text has a great deal to teach about forgiveness and shalom bayit, making peace within the family. If the children of Jacob were able to heal the terrible emotional wounds that they wrought upon one another, surely we can too. “For sins between people and God, the Day of Atonement atones, but for sins between one person and the next, the Day of Atonement does not atone until they have made peace with one another.” It’s not too late…. Gamar Hatimah Tovah, May you be sealed for good, in the Book of Life.

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