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Shabbat and Candle Lighting
for Friday, July 27, 2018 / 15 Av 5778 - Tu B'Av


Light Shabbat candles at 7:18 p.m  
 
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Dear Co ngregation Kehillah and Friends,
Rabbi Sharfman
 
Our parasha this week is Va-etchanan, which means   "And I pleaded", referring to Moses' plea to God to be allowed to enter the Land of Israel with the people. The "Shema", which means "listen" or "hear" is introduced here! The prayer we refer to as 'the Ve-ahavta' follows. It is actually part of the Shema.
 
Parashat Va-etchanan continues Moses' farewell address to the Jewish people as he describes the events which took place at Mount Sinai some 40 years earlier, and then repeats for them the Ten Commandments, words which were spoken by God at that time. Why the repetition? The  generation who stood at Mount Sinai and heard God's words, that generation who originally received the Ten Commandments, was no longer alive, except for Moses, Joshua and Caleb. And so, Moses repeated these commandments for the benefit of a new generation of Israelites; the ones who were about to enter into the Promised Land.
 
This Shabbat is also called  Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat of Consolation, as it is the Shabbat immediately following Tisha B'Av. And, today is another Jewish holiday - Tu B'Av, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av - Jewish love day! It goes back to the time of the Mishna (over 2,000 years ago). Today in Israel it is being rediscovered as a day not unlike February 14th here. In case you are asking (as the singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg did): 'how do you make love stay', a Jewish answer would be: be kind, be considerate, be a bit selfless, go out of your way to do things, small and big that make your partner happy, create rituals to celebrate your life together and honor them, connect to your synagogue community, committing to something bigger than 'just us'.
      
  
A kavannah for candle lighting for Shabbat Va-etchanan  
  
Shema! Dear God, Holy One of Blessing, my prayer this week is that my eyes, ears   and heart be open and learn to listen, really listen, to hear the messages of those   who are crying out (some cry aloud, some silently) for my attention, my   compassion, my understanding and my love; and may I also be blessed with the   same from others, that I, and my needs, be heard and understood. May I be   blessed to give and receive the deepest love from others and from You. 
   

Shabbat Shalom!
 
Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman  
Congregation Kehillah
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