Rabbi Feingold's D'var Torah

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SHABBAT SHALOM AND CHAG SAMEI’ACH!

D’var Torah (A bit of Torah study from Rabbi Feingold) Simchat Torah  We will celebrate this Sunday night and Monday morning the holiday of Simchat Torah.  A memorable observance because of the 7 hakafot (circuits) with the Torah and reading from the very end of the Torah and then the beginning, this is a holiday enjoyed by young and old.  Reading the very first verses of Genesis upon finishing the last words of Deuteronomy and then reading the first chapter of Joshua after completing the story of the wilderness wanderings and Moses’s death is a very tangible way of demonstrating the continuity of Jewish tradition.  The study of Torah never ends; it is renewed continuously.  And the continuity of Jewish life is revived in each generation with new leadership and new adventures.  Simchat Torah is a holiday that provides hope and expectation about great things in store in Jewish study and the ongoing Jewish narrative. Chag Samei’ach!

Shabbat Shuvah On the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we read from three prophetic books as the Haftarah (the additional or concluding) reading after the Torah is read.  The three selections from Hosea, Micah and Joel all have thematic material related to the season.  The very first words of the Haftarah are from Hosea 14:2:  “Shuvah Yisrael,” from which the Shabbat receives its name.  The Hosea reading focuses in on turning away from sin.  The Micah passage, from chapter 7, speaks of God’s forgiveness.  Joel chapter 2 speaks of sounding the shofar and declaring a fast day.  We will be examining these texts at our Parashat Hashavuah (weekly portion) study this Shabbat at 9:30am, prior to the 10:30am Shabbat Shuvah Learner’s Minyan.  Join us!

(A bit of Torah study from Rabbi Feingold) Nitzavim Each week on Shabbat in the synagogue, the weekly Torah portion (parasha) is paired with a reading from the Prophets (Nevi’im) section of the Bible.  During the 7 weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah, we read from the unnamed  prophet who lived during the Babylonian Exile and who provided words of comfort to the exiled Jews that they would return to Israel.  This prophet’s words are included in the Book of Isaiah.  This week we read the last of these 7 messages of hope and consolation, from Chapter 61 of Isaiah.  The message is fitting as we approach the New Year:  “They shall be called The Holy People, The Redeemed of God.”(Isaiah 61: 12) In our coming together as a Jewish community on Rosh Hashanah 5777, may we help to bring God’s holiness and redemption to the world. L’shanah Tovah Tikateyvu.

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