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August 5, 2021


Beginners Hebrew Reading   6pm

Portion of the Week   7pm



Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outside, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:47pm



Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, kiddush outdoors

Shabbat ends   8:50pm

Sunday/Rosh Chodesh Elul

Morning services   8am


Monday/Rosh Chodesh Elul

Morning services   7:10am


Tuesday/Adult Education

Joshua   7pm

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm






In Parshat Re'eh we reprise the concept of the Sabbatical Year or Shmittah. This is practically relevant as this coming year, with Rosh Hashanah, will indeed begin a Sabbatical Year. Most of us are familiar with the requirement to lay our fields fallow for that year but this week we introduce the concept of Shmitat K'safim, or the cancellation of debts.

Technically all money owed to a creditor is nullified, unconditionally, but the sages explain that there remains a moral obligation for the debtor to repay the loan. The intention behind such an extreme mitzvah was that this was only supposed to be for extreme hardship on the part of the debtor and not to be abused by the unscrupulous. And to avoid abuse, eventually Hillel instituted the mechanism called Pruzbul, whereby the creditor can hand over the debt to the court for "collection".

Ultimately, these mitzvot are all designed to create a reset, as it were, for society , every 7 years. It seems that we could all use a reset of sorts right about now!

This Saturday we bless the new month of Elul and the molad is Sunday morning at 10:43am with 10 Chalakim.

Rosh Chodesh Elul is Sunday and Monday. We begin to sound the shofar daily this Monday morning.


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