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Shabbos Bulletin
Parshas Re'eh
Mevorchim Chodesh Elul
Friday, August 6, 2021 / 28 Av 5781
Davening this Shabbos is graciously hosted by
Aaron Biston
1719 S Holt Ave.
Between 18th & Airdrome
in the backyard garden


FRIDAY, August 6
7:00--PM--Mincha, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat with Yehuda Solomon
7:31   PM--Candle lighting
7:49   PM--Shkiah

SATURDAY, August 7
8:30--AM -Weekly Parsha class with David Sacks
10:30 AM--Krias HaTorah & Haftorah, Isaiah 54:11-55:5followed by Mevorchim HaChodesh and Mussaf.
12:15-PM--Kiddish is sponsored by David & Judy Sacks in honor of David's annual "Personal Purim" and Rosh Chodesh Elul.

8:29  PM--Shabbat ends

This week's haftorah is the third of a series of seven "haftarot of Consolation." These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha b'Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.

G‑d addresses the "afflicted and storm-tossed" Jerusalem "who has not been comforted," assuring her that she, and her people, will be restored to full glory. The foundation, walls and ground of Jerusalem will be laid with precious stones. Her children will be "disciples of the L-rd," and will enjoy abundant peace. Any weapon engineered against her will fail.

The prophet then invites the thirsty to acquire "water," namely those who are thirsty for spirituality should study the quenching words of Torah. He promises the nation an everlasting covenant similar to that made with King David. This is also an allusion to the Messiah, David's descendant, who will be revered by all of the nations of the world.

Rosh Chodesh Elul
Rosh Chodesh Elul is this Sunday, August 8th and Monday, August 9th.

On the last day of Av of the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), Moses carved, by G-d's command, two stone tablets -- each a cube measuring 6x6x3 tefachim (a tefach, "handbreadth", is approximately 3.2 inches) -- to replace the two divinely-made tablets, on which G-d had inscribed the Ten Commandments, which Moses had smashed 42 days earlier upon witnessing Israel's worship of the Golden Calf.

On the early morning of the 1st of Elul of the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE) Moses ascended Mount Sinai, taking with him the stone tablets he had hewn by divine command (see "Today in Jewish History" for yesterday, Av 30), for G-d to re-inscribe the Ten Commandments. On the mountain, G-d allowed Moses to "see My back, but not My face" (which Maimonides interprets as a perception of G-d's reality but not His essence) -- the closest any human being ever came to knowing G-d -- and taught him the secret of His "Thirteen Attributes of Mercy" (Exodus 33:18-34:8).

Moses remained on the mountain for 40 days, until the 10th of Tishrei (Yom Kippur), during which time He obtained G-d's whole-hearted forgiveness and reconciliation with the people of Israel following their betrayal of the covenant between them with their worship of the Golden Calf. This was the third of Moses' three 40-day periods on Mount Sinai in connection with the Giving of the Torah. Ever since, the month of Elul serves as the "month of Divine mercy and forgiveness."

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Reb Shlomo Carlebach zt"l on Parsha Re'eh

(Via Stuie Wax)

The Shabbos before the new month of Elul is always Re'eh Anochi. So in Chassidus, it says "Re'eh Anochi", I'll show you your Anochi, your "I". I will show you what you can be, what you are supposed to be. You know what the first pasuk is all about? "Re'eh Anochi Nosein Lifneichem Hayom." G-d gives back to every person his own vision of the way they are supposed to look.

And here I want you to know something very deep.
It says "Re'eh Anochi" in singular, "Nosein Lifneichem Hayom", this is already in plural. So everybody is asking how come when G-d says "Re'eh" He starts off in singular but 'Lifneichem Hayom" is already in plural? The answer is very simple. The world always thinks that in order to fit into a society, you have to give up your individuality. The more you become a bagel, the more you fit. But in G-d's society it's the other way around. If you want to be part of "Nosein Lifneichem Hayom", if you want to be part of all of Israel, you mamesh have to connect to your own self.

You know friends, the greatest evil in the world is if you take away somebody's hope, or taking away somebody's vision – telling them that they will never be what they wanted to be or what they set out to be.

Now I want you to know, the highest vision in the world is that we can mamesh turn the whole world on to G-d. Why was Israel given to Avraham and not to Moshe? Moshe is the greatest expert on prophecy, but the greatest expert on knowing what us Jews need to do is Avraham Avinu. Maimonides says that Avraham Avinu was praying to G-d saying 'can you at least have one family in the world who will always be believing in you?’ So G-d says ‘not only do I grant you, your wish, it will be your family’. You see what it is, this was mamesh Avraham Avinu's vision, that until the end of days there will always be one family, one nation who believes in you and hopefully will turn the whole world onto you!

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Rosh Hashana Day 2 - September 8
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