1 Elul 5782 (August 28, 2022)

Today is the first day of Elul. Tonight we will begin the journey of Teshuvah through Selichot. Teshuvah literally means "return" and means that we return to our true self, our neshamah. During the year it is easy for us to allow the nefesh (ego level of soul) to steer us around. The period of Teshuvah beckons us to put our true self back in the driver's seat. So many prayers of Selichot follow the order of the Hebrew alefbet. According to our Sages, when we say these prayers with kavanot we are connecting to the original force of Creation, the DNA of the cosmos. So quite literally we are restructuring our own spiritual and physical DNA similar to stem cell therapy. I started using an analogy last year of operating systems (OS) and how a new one comes out each year for our mobile devices. The Jewish New Year is similar and on Rosh HaShanah, the download of the new OS (5783) begins and according to Kabbalah takes a cycle of 22 days to complete--the same number as the amount of letters in the Hebrew alefbet. Selichot prepares us to receive that new OS. May we merit many pleasant and good years, and may we have a good, sweet and happy new year!

Shavua tov v'Chodesh tov,

Parashat Shoftim | פרשת שופטים
Torah Portion: Devarim (Deuteronomy) 16:18-21:9
Haftarah: Yeshayah (Isaiah) 51:12-52:12

Parashat Shoftim

Haftarat Shoftim

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The New Month of Elul (Virgo)
The new month of Elul (Virgo) begins on Sunday, August 28, 2022. For more information on the month of Elul, visit our Rosh Chodesh page. The month of Av has 30 days, so Rosh Chodesh is the last day of Av and the first day of Elul. Our Rosh Chodesh services for the month of Elul will be on this Shabbat.

Used each day during the month, Selichot gives us the opportunity to unite ourselves with the Creator's Light and with the consciousness of selichah סליחה, which means forgiveness. During the Selichot service we confront our past negative actions and ask for forgiveness. This is a vital preparation for Rosh HaShanah, the Days of Awe, and Yom Kippur. The best time to for Selichot is between midnight and dawn, for it is during this time that Divine mercy is available. We invite you to join us for Selichot each night, Sundays-Fridays during Elul @ 12:30 AM EDT (In some time zones this will be Saturday-Thursday nights). Click Here for the Selichot portion of our K4A Siddur.

Kabbalah of Teshuvah
During the next weeks leading up to the High Holy Days, our Wednesday classes are going to have a special theme to prepare us for the Days of Awe. We will be exploring Teshuvah, Tefilah and the Kavanot that helps us to get to the next level in our spiritual journey. We invite you to join us via Zoom on Mondays @ 9 PM EDT or Thursdays @ 4:30 PM EDT, whichever time works best for you. To register for classes, please SUBSCRIBE, and select the Kabbalah Class - Monday or Kabbalah Class - Thursday option.

We Invite You To Join Us For The Days of Awe
We invite you to join our community for the High Holidays: Rosh HaShanah, the Days of Awe, and Yom Kippur. For our full schedule of services please visit our YAMIM NORAIM page.

The word צדקה "tzedakah" in Hebrew often is translated as charity, but it actually comes from the root צדק "tzedek" which means righteousness. The addition of the letter ה "Hei" connects righteousness to Malchut. Many people say "giving" tzedakah, but the more appropriate phrase is "doing" tzedakah. Tzedakah is in many ways an exchange of energy and is a visible expression of gratitude in this world for that which we have received, especially when we receive it from an organization that helps us to grow spiritually. We thank you in advance for your generosity and support. Click Here to make a donation.

Your Hebrew Name
At the end of the Amidah, we whisper a verse from the Tanach which is associated with our Hebrew name. Would you like to know your Hebrew name and the verse that corresponds to your name? Or would you like us to help you choose a Hebrew name and even have a certificate with your Hebrew name and verse? Email Us for more information.

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