Shabbat Shalom: Va’etchanan

Posted on July 23, 2021

Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Greetings:

Torah Question of the Week: Has someone ever told you, “You should have been there!”? Were they able to help you capture the feeling they had from their experience? In this week’s portion, Moses recounts the Ten Commandments to the Israelites (with some modifications from the original!). Many commentators believe this is so the next generation of Israelites will feel as if they received the Ten Commandments from God at Mount Sinai, just as their parents did. Indeed, when the Ten Commandments are read from the Torah each year, we stand so that we, too, are receiving them directly. What can we do to share with a friend something that we have experienced? Is telling someone about an experience enough or should we share it in other ways?

Our regular Shabbat services are at 8:00 tonight and are available both on Zoom and online. Ari and Ben Scherzer will be leading us. To come in person, you must register at To come online, just use the Zoom link in the Shabbat Preview. Shabbat morning services will be tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (our summer schedule) and currently remain only online. I hope we will see you at one or the other or both!

Shabbat Shalom!

— Rabbi Rubin : )