Ekev
17 Av 5782 (August 14, 2022)

One of the goals for the month of Av is the guard against judging others and judging yourself. With the two first weeks of Av behind us, which were dark and negative, we now enter into the last two weeks which are full of light and positive. It is important that we always call to mind why the Temples were destroyed, which is Sinat Chinam (baseless hatred). Now is the time to let go of judgements, both of others and ourselves. This is not always an easy task, however it is not impossible. The key to letting go of judgement is by realizing a simple truth: Ein Od Mil'vado (There is No Other). Hashem is in control of everything that happens in our lives, in the world. He is the Director, and we are all actors upon His stage. Even that which seems to be bad is ultimately subject to His ratzon (desire/will). As we enter these two final weeks of Av, I invite you to use Ein Od Mil'vado as a mantra--especially when things seem to be out of your control and the first impulse is to judge.



Shavua tov,


Parashat Ekev | פרשת עקב
Torah Portion: Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25
Haftarah: Yeshayah (Isaiah) 49:14-51:3

Parashat Ekev

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