Ki Tetze
8 Elul 5782 (September 4, 2022)

This week's Parashah begins with the verse "כִּֽי־תֵצֵ֥א לַמִּלְחָמָ֖ה עַל־אֹֽיְבֶ֑יךָ וּנְתָנ֞וֹ יְהֹוָ֧ה אֱלֹהֶ֛יךָ בְּיָדֶ֖ךָ וְשָׁבִ֥יתָ שִׁבְיֽוֹ:" If we translate this literally, it is a bit puzzling: "When you go out to the war against your enemies, and Hashem your Elohim will deliver him into your hand, and you will take his captives from it." This is an important message for us as we journey on the path of Teshuvah during Elul. Our Sages say that the war we are fighting is specific, and we fight it every day. We only have one enemy in our lives, and it is the same enemy that every human being has, the Yetzer Hara (Evil Inclination). Kabbalah teaches that the Yetzer Hara can be tamed and transformed, but it takes diligence. Think about this, can anyone truly make you happy, sad, angry, etc? We have everything we need within, but often our Yetzer Hara imprisons us. Teshuvah is a return to the soul before the Evil Inclination was placed within us. Teshuvah is about returning to that inner stillness and feeling true shalom. Torah, tefilah, acts of kindness, and charity are tools that can help us to tame and transform our Yetzer Hara. This week's Parashah ends with a strong commandment, "Remember what Amalek did to you..." Amalek is the personification of the Yetzer Hara and when we recall what Amalek did, that helps us further in returning to our soul root in the Creator's Light.



Shavua tov,


Parashat Ki Tetze | פרשת כי־תצא
Torah Portion: Devarim (Deuteronomy) 21:10-25:19
Haftarah: Yeshayah (Isaiah) 54:1-10

Parashat Ki Tetze

Haftarat Ki Tetze


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Selichot
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 @ 12:40 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
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