Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Vayeilech – Shabbat Shuvah 5777

Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Vayeilech – Shabbat Shuvah 5777

This Shabbat we read from Parashat Vayeilech and mark Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat in between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. We call this Shabbat, Shabbat Shuvah because of the opening words of the haftarah, encouraging the Israelites to repent – a message which is appropriate for all of us at this time of year. We are currently in the midst of the Aseret Y’mei T’shuva, the ten days of repentance. But as much as our minds are on the spiritual task at hand, we in Central Florida have an extra task – to prepare for Hurricane Matthew as it approaches our shores. Let us hope that these ten days bring not only acts of T’shuvah to us all, but an appreciation of the beauty and fragility of life so that we might treasure even more so in the new year.

Shabbat Shalom and G’mar Chatimah Tovah,

Rabbi Hillel Skolnik