03 Sep Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Ki Tavo 5775
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Ki Tavo, in which Moshe reminds the Israelite people in the most dramatic of fashions what will happen if they don’t follow God’s laws. In an extended list of consequences, known as the tocheicha or rebuke, Moshe makes it exceedingly clear all that could happen. Yet what is always true is that even when the Israelites go down the wrong path they can avoid the long list of punishments by repenting and making their way back to the correct path. Although we don’t necessarily feel as though we live under the same constant threat of divine punishment, this time of year is most definitely one in which we think seriously about God’s judgement of our actions and the need to change our path. That process begins this Saturday evening with Slichot services which usher in the liturgy of the High Holiday season. As was the case last year, SOJC is honored to join together with Congregation Beth Am, Congregation Ohev Shalom and Temple Israel for a community Slichot service preceded by a presentation from Dr. Jonathan Milgram, a professor of Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in Manhattan. The program begins at 9 pm at Congregation Beth Am. More details, including the address of Congregation Beth Am and directions are available on our website – www.sojc.org. As we begin the High Holiday season may it bring for all of us a renewed call to find the correct path in our lives and bring with it the ability to walk on it in good health and happiness.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik