Friday 22 Elul, 5780 / September 11, 2020 Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech Issue #93
Please take a moment to say a prayer for the complete recovery of all those who are ill and affected by Covid-19.
May Hashem protect them & their families, the Jewish people, & the whole world. May this devastating pandemic pass over us and usher us into a time of complete health and peace with the coming of Moshiach Now!
Self liberator
This week we read the portion of Nitzavim. The portion contains a description of the ingathering of exiles to take place when Moshiach ushers in the Redemption. "Then G-d will restore your captivity... and will return and gather you from all the nations." Our Sages comment on the word "and will return - va'shav": "From this we learn that the G-dly Presence is in exile together with the Jewish people." G-d will only be redeemed when the entire Jewish nation is restored, as "He has dictated the terms of His own Redemption - when He will return with them."
What is so radical about the concept of G-d being in exile together with the Jews? Had not G-d already promised, back in the days of the Patriarchs, that He would accompany the Jewish people throughout their travails - "I will be with you" - "And behold, I am with you"? G-d specifically stated that He would accompany the Children of Israel during the Egyptian exile. What then, are we to learn from the above verse?
The fact that G-d is always with the Jews, even in their exile, implies two different things. On the one hand, G-d stands above the exile and its limitations, guarding and protecting His flock, who are likened to "one sheep among seventy wolves." Yet at the same time, the term "and will return" reflects the fact that G-d, too, is affected by the exile, having been banished from His dwelling place in the Holy Temple. G-d suffers together with the Jewish people and will continue to do so until G-d and the Jewish people are simultaneously restored to their rightful place.
Yet this explanation presents a paradox. According to the principle that "a prisoner cannot free himself from prison," how can G-d, Who is Himself in exile, bring about the Final Redemption? Our Sages addressed this problem by explaining that G-d "dictated His own Redemption." Even before the exile occurred, G-d determined how long it would last and fixed the date of the Final Redemption for Himself and for the Jewish people.
Our Sages further explained that, contrary to what one might think, G-d will not first redeem Himself and then redeem the Jews. "He will return together with them" - both will occur concurrently. The Divine Presence is in exile as long as even one Jew remains in exile.
Rashi, the great commentator, continues: "Great and difficult is the day of the ingathering of the exiles, for it is as if G-d will take every single Jew by the hand, wherever he may be." The redemption of the Jewish people is the redemption of the Divine Presence. May we speedily witness the rebuilding of the Holy Temple and the ingathering of the exiles through Moshiach.

Remembering 9-11. 

Let's do a good deed in honor of those we tragically lost 19 years ago, today.
High Holidays 2020
Dear Friends,

The High Holidays are a soulful and rejuvenating time, an opportunity for the community to plug in for a "Jewish boost." Each year, we feel uplifted from the sense of spirit and participation at services, and we're thrilled that so many avail themselves of our open-door policy.

Enter COVID, and its challenges. Clearly, we need to follow health regulations and protect ourselves. At the same time, people need the High Holiday connection, perhaps now more than ever.

We are proud to present a brand-new High Holiday schedule, with options that will hopefully meet each person's needs and sensitivities. Rosh and Hashanah and Yom Kippur are coming, COVID or not. We may be celebrating differently than other years, but let's make it a special start to a wonderful New Year of health and blessings.

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A WEEKLY PARSHA POEM 
IN MEMORY OF SHALOM SOLOMON OB"M
BY: HODAYA NISANOV-COCHAVI

The Freedom of Choice

This weeks parsha spoke to me in a loud, far too familiar voice 
As Hashem gives us the beautiful mitzvah of the freedom of choice
 
This mitzva is not in heaven, not beyond us, nor remote from mankind 
This mitzva is close to home, in our heart, in our mouth, in our mind 

G-d set before us the path of goodness and the path of badness 
The path of happiness and the path of sadness

Each and every moment we are faced with choices to be made 
Whether its a new job, a new haircut, or a nailpolish shade 

When I was a child I learnt in school 
That we go by the ways of Hashem and listen to his rules 

It was only once I grew up that I understood 
How Hashem has directed me in the choices I make through adulthood 

I learnt how to make my own choices and how to survive 
I learn to stand up for myself and continue to thrive 

Hashem built us with the ability to choose our own way 
The ability and strength to make our life choices every single day 

The choices you make build the person you are 
So stay true to your heart and mind, dont stray too far 

I used to take advantage of this freedom we hold 
But now I appreciate this gift from Hashem more precious than gold 

So at the end of the day its all in our hands 
Hashem always knows the bigger picture but we play an important part in his plan
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TALMUD CLUB
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 CHASSIDUT CLASS
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Special Dates

Slichot
The 1st day of creation, on which G-d created existencetimematterdarkness and light, was the 25th of Elul. (Rosh Hashanah, on which we mark "the beginning of Your works", is actually the 6th day of creation, on which the world attained the potential for the realization of its purpose, with the creation of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. Rosh Hashanah is therefore the day from which the Jewish calendar begins to count the years of history; the 1st day of creation thus occurred on the 25th of Elul of what is termed -1 from creation.

The series of Selichot ("supplication") prayers recited in preparation for the "Days of Awe" of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur begin this Saturday night, after midnight (after the Ashkenazic custom; the Sephardic community begins on the 1st of Elul). On subsequent days, the custom is to recite the Selichot in the early morning hours, before the morning prayers, each morning up to and including Elul 29, the eve of Rosh Hashanah.

Elul 25
The 1st day of creation, on which G-d created existencetimematterdarkness and light, was the 25th of Elul. (Rosh Hashanah, on which we mark "the beginning of Your works", is actually the 6th day of creation, on which the world attained the potential for the realization of its purpose, with the creation of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. Rosh Hashanah is therefore the day from which the Jewish calendar begins to count the years of history; the 1st day of creation thus occurred on the 25th of Elul of what is termed -1 from creation.
YARTZEIT
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May their memory be for a blessing.
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