Erev Shabbos Kodesh Shemini Atzeres-Simchas Torah-Bereishis Inspiration 5775

Real short today! We use our hands to bang the Aravos. We use our hands to lift the Sifrei Torah. Moshe cast the Luchos from his hands subsequent to the sin of the Golden Calf. By Neilah on Yom Kippur we emphasize the idea of refraining from the “oppression of our hands.” The word כפור, atonement, is associated with the rod כף, palms. Dovid HaMelech says that the one who will ascend to the Mountain of HaShem and remain in His Holy Place is one who has clean hands. Let us remember,a s we embrace and dance with the Sifrei Torah, that we are also holding hands with our fellow dancers, and we need to have clean hands, i.e. no theft, no deception, and we must act justly with each other.

Bereishis tells us of how the first brothers fought and Kayin, not knowing how to kill Hevel, killed him with…. his bare hands. That act speaks volumes of our history. HaShem should give us strength to assist our fellow Jew in every way possible and we should all merit a Good Yom Tov and a Great Shabbos and the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkenu, speedily, in our days!

Good Shabbos and Good Yom Tov!

Rabbi Adler

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