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Weekly Message 09.30.2022 Parashat Vayelech

Parashat Vayelech (then he went out) Deuteronomy 31:1-30

HafTorah Hosea 14:2-10, Micah 7:18-20, Joel 2:15-27

Dear Friends,

As we approach Shabbat Shuva, the Sabbath of Repentance often referred to as the Sabbath of Return prior to Yom Kippur, I would like to wish you all a !שָׁנָה טוֹבָה וּמְתוּקָה (a good and sweet year)!

We were very fortunate here in Pasco County to have escaped the brunt of Hurricane Ian. However, we are thinking about those in the Fort Myers region who are suffering greatly and more than ever, it is imperative that we donate funds, food, and time to helping to alleviate the effects of the storm. I hope that none of you suffered losses and remind you all that we are here to help if you need anything as a result of the storm.

I very much enjoyed sharing the Rosh Hashanah holiday with you whether you attended our services and activities in person or on Zoom. Also thanks to those who helped make the days so meaningful and who participated in our annual Tashlich gathering and service at our home on the Cotee River.

Shabbat Shuva is very special to us not only as the one that helps us finalize our preparations for Yom Kippur, but as the 3rd anniversary of our adult B'Mai Mitzvot. And to celebrate this important milestone, Ana Calderon, Barbara D. Johnson, Barbara E. Johnson, and Art Simon will be chanting the beautiful Haftorah which consists of the words of three Prophets Hosea, Joel, and Micah, the only time we chant verses from more than one Prophet. And to continue this anniversary, our B'Nai Mitzvot will sponsor a Kiddush Luncheon. I hope that many will attend Saturday morning's service at 9:30 am and of course tonight as well at 7:30 pm to share in their Nachas and observe Shabbat Shuva.

Our Torah reading will be the portion of Vayleilech in the Book of Deuteronomy. As we near the end of the Torah, Moses tells the Hebrew nation that he will not be leading them into the Land of Israel, and that Joshua will assume his leadership role. He instructs the Israelites to gather and read the Torah publicly and to pass on all of its teaching and mitzvot to the generations that follow so that we here in the year 5783 can continue in that tradition as if we were present that day.

I am looking forward to seeing you all this Shabbat Shuva and at our Kol Nidre service on October 4th , on Yom Kippur on October 5th and throughout the celebrations of Sukkot, Hoshanah Rabbah, Shmini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah. This is truly the holiday season!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ron Becker,

Spiritual Leader



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