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Parshas Eikev

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nd If you do obey these rules and observe them carefully, the LORD your God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that He made on oath with your fathers: (Deuteronomy 7:12) 

The word used in the Torah for “if you obey,” is the word Eikev, which Rashi points out also means heel.

Rashi explains that the Torah makes reference to the importance of not only observing the mizvot that seem significant and important, but sensitises us to the mizvot which seem unimportant and trampled by the heals of people as being insignificant.

This week we were blessed to reopen the doors of our beloved shul, and I thought back to the lull of the past month, praying at home, not waking up before the crack of dawn, and the lazy part of me lamented being re-familiarised with compromised sleep and rushedly sipping my coffee before the minyan starts.

Although I can truly say, that there is no comparison between the pleasure experienced by a few more minutes of sleep and dovening alone in my own time, vs the vibrancy and energy of praying in a minyan, early in the morning, in a beautiful shul with beautiful people.

Ones whole day starts off in a different way, and ones life is imbued with a new sense of vibrancy and spiritual energy.

As a shul we have been blessed to retain a strong minyan throughout, and despite the difficult global times, we have seen an increase in membership and a flourishing of Jewish outreach in general, especially amongst young professionals and families.

Despite all of these positives, the pandemic has kept a lot of people home, unable or reticent to come to shul, for good reason. With time many G-d forbid fall into patterns of behaviour and neglect their need for community and spiritual connection. 

It is with this in mind that I write to the community. Those of you who have fallen into a pattern of neglecting your spiritual self, where shul has become but a memory of the past, if you have had your vaccine, and obviously with necessary caution, take the small step to break the habit. Come back to shul, to investing in your spiritual self, to the community that loves you and misses you!

VeAtem Hadveikim BaHashem Chaim Kulachem Hayom

Those of you who cleave to Hashem are alive today! (Deuteronomy 4:4)

May we all be infused with the love of life, growth, closeness to Hashem and one another.

Shabbos Times

FRIDAY

Candle Lighting no earlier than

Candle Lighting no later than

Mincha followed by Maariv

Shkiah

SATURDAY

Shacharis (at home)

Latest Shema

Latest Shemonei Esrei

Mincha

Shiur between Mincha & Maariv

Shkiah

Shabbos ends

Maariv

 

 

 
 

 

5:00pm

5:48pm

5:45pm

6:05pm

 

9:00am

10:16am

11:08am

5:15pm

 

6:06pm

6:42pm

6:45pm

 

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Thu, December 2 2021 28 Kislev 5782