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Shabbat Schedule

Friday, July 30 at 5:30 PM ( Shabbat/Picnic)at Botanical Garden
Friday, August 6 at 6 PM  at Botanical Garden  Led by Rabbi Robbi
Friday, August 13 at 6 PM  at Botanical Garden  Led by Rabbi Robbi
Friday, August 20 at6 PM  at Botanical Garden  Led by Rabbi Robbi
 

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The Weekly Parsha

Ekev (“Because”)

Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25

 

Moses tells the anxious Israelite people waiting to cross the Jordan River that the land ahead of them is filled with milk and honey and to remember that was God who brought them here. As long as they don’t take credit for the miracles God gave them, and obey God’s Commandments, they will prosper in the land.

 

Moses says to the people: “circumsize the foreskin of your hearts.” What might he have meant by this? All of us have an inclination to be protective – to close ourselves off from the world. Perhaps Moses was referring to this inclination. Sometimes we don’t want to expose ourselves to others. We meet people and want to keep it on a shallow level. Or we start to get close to someone, but fear getting hurt. We harden our hearts to strangers: the new person in our community, or someone that looks different than we do. And we also do it to those that we love – we fight the hardest with the people we care about the most. But, the deepest relationships happen when we show people the real us, even though it means being vulnerable. We all have deep spiritual potential inside of us - all we have to do is find the place of doubt within our hearts and work on cutting it away.

 

Rabbi Robbi