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Parshat Vayeilech - Shabbat Shuva

09/30/2022 10:22:01 AM


Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels

This Shabbat is the first Shabbat of the New Year! It’s somewhat ironic then that we read in the Torah of Moshe’s final day on Earth. How did Moshe spend his last day? Did he sleep in? Did he check his bucket list and go off on an adventure? “Vayelekh Moshe - And Moshe went” to each Shevet (tribe), to each family, to every person throughout the encampment of Israel to say farewell, to bless them, to encourage them to support Yehoshua as his successor, to teach them one last time how to say goodbye, how to end, and also how to begin again. On this first Shabbat of the new year, let us learn from Moshe’s last day how to fully live all our days: sharing blessings and words of Torah, connecting to people, living in community, going out to greet the wondrous privilege of life. 

Shabbat Shalom and Gemar Chatima Tova! Rav Benjie

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