Va’etchanan and Tu b’Av

This week we read Va’etchanan, found in Devarim (Deuteronomy) at 3:23-7:11.

…שמע ישראל
“Hear O Israel…”

Those were the first Hebrew words I learned to say and to read, even before my own name. I find them the most powerful of anything I say. The words bring tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. Yes, I am spiritual and believe in G-d. Deal.

These words form the “Sh’ma” (The first word of this in Hebrew is sh’ma, hear), which is found at the start of the sixth portion this week, also known as 6:4.

It is amazing to me how fast this year has flown by. As Tu b’Avis tomorrow, it is only two weeks until Rosh Chodesh Elul. I am beginning to reflect upon my actions (or inactions) over this past year. In some areas I have made progress; in others, I have fallen back. My main desire to continue work on improving my patience.

שבת שלום