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Friday night services will be held at the home of the Rabbi.  The address is 1506 Victoria Avenue.  Enter via the door nearest the driveway.

This week's parsha

Unless otherwise noted, "This week's Parsha" comprises articles taken from contributors to the website.  We show the original author's name here, so that proper attribution is given.  For the sake of brevity, footnotes cited in the original author's writings are omitted from this website.  If you need to see the citations, please refer to the original articles on the website.

I'm a Jew and I'm Proud

The cycle has come to an end.  In the past year, as every year, we read and were inspired by the Torah — the story of our nation.

We were awed by Adam (how awesome to be created by G‑d and have the world for yourself), sympathized with Noah (poor guy, saw the whole world go down), were impressed with Abraham (first thrown into the furnace, then almost sacrificed his son), were caught up in the sibling rivalry between Joseph and his brothers, and held our breaths at the breathtaking saga of the Exodus.

Read more: I'm a Jew and I'm Proud

Enduring Testament

In this week's Torah reading, Moses calls the heavens and the earth as testimony to the eternal bond between G-d and the Jewish people.

Why not gather ordinary people as witnesses -- a somewhat more normal method than using such seemingly abstract witnesses?

As the commenter Rashi explains, the heavens and earth endure generation after generation.  Rather than using human witnesses who will eventually pass on and the testimony will be lost, the idea is to have an eternal testament.

We see this in reality.  Even many tens of generations from Sinai, not that much has changed.  We still follow the same Torah, the same laws, traditions and customs, preserving this eternal bond and passing it on intact to the next generation.  It is all the more impressive since, as someone remarked recently, G-d spoke to the Jewish people thousands of years ago at Mount Sinai, and He hasn't spoken to them collectively since, yet we still do what He told them to then!

Healthy Dynamic

Our lives as individuals often display two quite different features.  One is dynamism, movement, progress, discovery and change.  The second feature, seemingly the opposite, yet also very important, is the attempt to strengthen one's position, to consolidate, to attempt to be secure and firm, immoveable.  The combination of these two contrasting qualities creates a healthy dynamic.  One moves forward and grows - but not at the expense of what one has already gained.  There is the thrust towards expansion and also a concern for consolidation.

These two qualities are expressed by the names of the double Torah portion which is read this Shabbat, the Shabbat before the New Year, Rosh Hashanah.  The first Torah portion is called Nitzavim, which means in Hebrew "standing firm."  In its opening words, Moses tells the Jewish people "you are all standing firm here today."  The second Torah portion is called Vayelech, which means "he went," referring to Moses:  "Moses went and said these words to the Jewish people."

Read more: Healthy Dynamic

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Date: Feb 16 '19
Sponsor: Regina Novak
In honour of my husband Morris Novak (AH) yahrzeit

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