The Torah In Haiku: Shabbat Shuvah

G-d knows we will stray*
Now it is time to reflect
Sabbath of Return

This Shabbat is called Shabbat Shuvah – literally, the Sabbath of Return. While we should always reflect on the choices we make and always “know before whom [we] stand“, the Ten Days of Repentance – and particularly Shabbat Shuvah – is a time when we are more aware of our obligation to apologize to others, find peace with (return to) our G-d, and consider how each of us can be a better person in the year to come.

May we all have a meaningful Shabbat, an easy fast and find the coming year one of goodness and blessing.

G’mar Chatimah Tovah!

*From this week’s Parsha, Vayeilech:

Deuteronomy 31:16 – God said to Moses, ‘When you go and lie with your ancestors, this nation shall rise up and stray after the alien gods of the land into which they are coming. They will thus abandon Me and violate the covenant that I have made with them.

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About Ed Nickow

Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL. This post is from his blog The Torah in Haiku.

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