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Friday, August 4, 2017 / 13 Av 5777
Light Shabbat candles at 7:07 p.m

Rabbi Sharfman
Dear Congregation Kehillah and Friends,

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 in Va-etchanan.
This Shabbat is also designated as Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat of Consolation, referring to the Haftarah* from the prophet Isaiah which offers consolation and hope to the people after the heartbreaking, watershed moment of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av ( Tisha B'Av).

*Haftarah sounds a bit like Torah, but the words are not connected. A haftarah is a selection from one of the biblical books of our prophets (historically, from when our ancestors were already in the Land of Israel, often teaching about key values and related, sometimes more clearly, other times tangentially, to the Torah selection for that week).

A kavannah for candle lighting for Shabbat Parashat Va-etchanan
Shema! Dear God, Holy One of Blessing, my prayer this week is that you bless me twofold: 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.   
L'hitra'ot (see you soon)! Kabbalat Shabbat resumes on August 25th with a wine and cheese reception prior to the start of services. 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman   
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