Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov Elul!
This Shabbat marks the beginning of the month of Elul, the month of preparation for the High Holy Days. With so much going on, our divrei Torah are particularly rich; our writers examine the confluence of the month, the texts, and world events.
Just as Passover preparation requires turning the house upside down in the search for chametz, the High Holy Day preparation of Elul requires that we turn our internal houses upside down to seek out the issues that we may have hidden from ourselves. Whom have we hurt or offended? With what behaviors do we hurt ourselves? This month calls for rigorous honesty and that, in turn, calls for courage. Fortunately the texts will support us in our preparation.
This week’s parashah is Re’eh, “See!” which is the longest of all the parshiot in the Torah.
All Who Are Thirsty Come to the Water by Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom
Believing is Seeing by Hannah Perlberger
To See or To Be Seen by Barbara Heller
Show Me the Money! by Rabbi Harry Rothenberg (VIDEO)
Blessing and Curse by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Time to Prepare, Time to Pardon by Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild
What Do We Owe the Poor? by Rabbi Ruth Adar