This week we learn Parshah Re’eh, found at Devarim (Deuteronomy) 11:26-16:17.
Two divrei on this parshah I found which struck me:
- The Hurricane of our Haftarah: Thoughts on the Haftarah for Re’eh/Mahar Hodesh – I Samuel 20:18-42 (from 5765/2005)
- Weekly Jewish Wisdom: Great Expectations? (from 2767/2007)
This coming week is Rosh Chodesh Elul.
There is so much now, so much upcoming, who am I to try to write about it? Please, find a teacher, a rabbi, someone more knowledgeable than I and ask.
As we turn toward these days of Awe and once again I become overwhelmed and my daily routine experiences upheaval by changes in my academic schedule, Work, and yamin noraim I turn to a slim volume which offers, well, I can’t quite explain it. Guidance? Help? Hope? Why am I drawn so deeply to Pirkei Avot? Why does it hold me more than the tehillim (psalms) that I so often say?
Perhaps it is the lessons. Perhaps it is the (relatively) straightforwardness. Psalms/Poetry can cause years of thought or introspection. I’ve found Pirkei Avot can, but I can also walk away with a surface reaction and be content. I have also found that I can open the volume at seemingly random and find something timely and relevant for my life. It seems I can also just visit JOFA and read this week’s Divrei Torah:
Weekly Jewish Wisdom: A Lesson in Leadership (from 5768/2008).