Weekly Message from Rabbi A. M. Sufrin MBE
Another very full week of activities for us at Chabad across Essex. Whisky fundraiser, ladies sem, classes in our Centres for men and women and in Southend too. We also hosted some 150 people for our grand Hakhel Finale event, all in preparation for the High Holy days. The details of all our services are all now available, make sure you have reserved your place in one of our numerous services for a guaranteed uplifting services – Gants Hill, Buckhurst Hill & Epping for Yom Kippur.
This week we read the portion of “Ki Tavo” – “when you will come into the land of Israel”, discussing “gratitude”….thanking G-d for the luscious fruits of the Land, known as “Bikurim.
Towards the end of the portion,
“And walk in His ways…..” (28:9)
Following the path of the Torah enables the soul to “walk”. Before the soul descends into the body, it experiences G-dliness in a relatively static fashion. Although it can experience some notion of elevation and movement, any new level reached can always be understood in the context of its previous level of spiritual understanding. This is a limited step by step progress.
In contrast, once the soul has entered the body and is able to study Torah and perform the Mitzvos – commandments, it is able to move towards G-d with quantum leaps. This ability enables the individual to “walk” to truly progress in his relationship with G-d.
With just a week to got to the High Holy Days, it’s time for us all to do a little more “walking”.
Have a lovely Shabbos ad successful week to follow.