Last week we spoke of the final Shabbat of the year. This week is the first Shabbat of the year. It is known as Shabbat Shuvah - the Shabbat of Return or of Teshuvah. The name is taken from te Haftorah portion, but perhaps more symbolically, it means that we have an opportunity to "Return" and celebrate a Shabbat in an appropriate fashion.
This special Shabbat comes on the heels of an uplifting Rosh Hashanah and on the eve of an important and introspective Yom Kippur. We want to make sure that we are bridging Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur in the finest way possible. Shabbat is the answer.
I have always been fond of the saying that "More than the Jews have kept the Shabbat, the Shabbat has kept the Jewish people!"
Let us incorporate the beauty of this Shabbat into the many Shabbatot that follow.
Shabbat Shalom and Gemar Chatimah Tovah