This week we will read the Tochacha of Ki-Tavo. These nearly one hundred curses are frightening and difficult to read. This is why the Ba'al Keriah reads them quickly and in an undertone.
The Talmud teaches us that we always read this portion soon before Rosh Hashanah so that we can end this year with all of its curses. We want to start the new year with a clean slate free from torment and anguish.
While that is a little easier said than done, we must try nonetheless. Many of us bear deep wounds in our hearts from all that may have transpired over the last year. There has been loss, illness, conflict and a tremendous amount of uncertainty in our lives. It is not so easy to let go.
As the new year approaches, I hope that we will be blessed with only celebrations and successes. May Hashem grant comfort and peace of mind to all those who so desperately need it.
Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova