This week's parasha,Vayelech(meaning And he went...), takes place on the last day of Moses' life,as he turns over leadership to Joshua, and completes the writing of a Torah scroll which he thenentrusts to the Levites for safekeeping in the Ark. Moses lived to be 120 years old, strongmentally and physically, which is the source of the blessing offered at significant birthdays, "mayyou live to 120..."
Akavannahfor candle lighting forVayelech
Holy One, may my candle lighting this Shabbat inspire me to 'go'/reach out, as did Moses, to those I love and 'return' to my true self, the self without the layers, the self that returns, inlove, to You.
This Shabbat has a special name - Shabbat Shuvah- the Sabbath of Return. Can you see thesimilarity between the wordsshuvahand teshuvah? It suggests that this Shabbat, between RoshHashanah and Yom Kippur, is a particularly important time to act on some of the commitments wemade to ourselves on Rosh Hashanah, a time to close the gap between our good intentions and ouractions. Of the many lessons Moses taught, one that resonates most with me is an idea embeddedin his teaching: words that come from the heart enter the heart....
I look forward to sharing a meaningful and uplifting Yom Kippur with you.