02 Sep Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat R’eih / Shabbat Rosh Chodesh 5776
This Shabbat we read from Parashat R’eih which closes with a familiar section as it is the special Torah reading for the 8th day of Passover, the 2nd day of Shavuot and Shmini Atzeret. We read it on these holidays because it discusses the celebration of these special days thus making it more than appropriate. Interestingly, one holiday not mentioned in that particular list of celebratory moments is Rosh HaShannah, a day that is very much on our minds this weekend as we mark Rosh Chodesh Elul, the beginning of the final month on the Jewish calendar, Elul. If actually being in the month wasn’t enough of a reminder that the New Year is coming, Elul brings with it the tradition of blowing the shofar each day as an audible sign that the time for repentance is upon us. We’ll begin our practice of blowing the shofar at Religious School next week but you can hear the shofar every morning at services around the world beginning this coming Sunday.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik