This Shabbes, Shabbes Parshas Shoftim, is the first in the month of Elul. Elul directly precedes Rosh Hashanah, the New Year and the commemoration of man’s creation. Elul is supposed to be a time of spiritual stock taking: a month in which we examine our lives, our motives, our relationships, and work out how we could do better.
Making changes is never easy, but sometimes it isn’t necessary to leave our comfort zones in order to better serve G-d, to help each other, and to help ourselves, even. This Shabbes, while we have time away from the constraints of the working week, perhaps we should all pledge to take some time for spiritual stocktaking: time when we examine ourselves, and decide how we will make the next year our best yet.
In London, Shabbes candles should be lit at 7:44 PM, and Shabbes ends at 8:53 PM tomorrow. When lighting…
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