It is certainly not by coincidence
that our Torah portion this week
marks the beginning of Moses’
rather lengthy farewell sermon
to people Israel and begins with
“Re’eh Anochi notan lifnaychem hayom bracha uklalah”!
“Behold, I have set before all of you [the community of Israel] blessing and the opposite of blessings.”
and I should say,
From very far,
I am not comparing myself with Moshe Rabeinu,
Furthermore, you should not worry, I will not hold my lengthiest sermon,
However it is indeed a farewell sermon dedicated to our 2 Junior Rabbi's Yehouda and Manou!
In the name of the Trustees,
In the name of our community
And in my personal name leading this Synagogue,
I would like to start and say:
I have set before you only blessings!
Prayer is one thing that makes a difference in everything,
Prayer is changing our lives for the better,
Prayers creates opportunity where doors used to be closed
If you only pray when you are in trouble, You are already in trouble!
We were blessed with
Yehouda during 3 years joining the services, the prayers,
Manou during the past year,
Helping us, helping me leading our prayers,
Responding present and giving hands to help the growth of our community, the community of Chesed El!
Four weeks from now, Moshe Rabeinu's sermon will conclude in Parshat Nitzavim with the words
“Re’eh natati lifanecha hayom et hachayim v’et hatov v’et hamavet v’et hara”,
“Behold, I have set before each of you today life and prosperity, death and adversity.”
The Torah challenges each of us
and all of us to choose life by
choosing obedience to G-d in
every aspect of our lives.
The Torah reminds us here that
despite the fact that we
acknowledge the existence of
holy time and holy space, we do
not see the service of G-d as
limited to any one time or one
Dear Yehouda, Dear Manou,
Wherever you will go next,
Wherever you will be in future,
Space and time are not relevant,
Continue in the same path, With the same motivation, With the same enthusiasm,
We wish you success in all your undertakings
And you will be always welcome to pay us a visit with your future wife's and children
Amen vechen Yehi Ratzon