Shavua tov – a good week to you!
Take a moment to look up at the night sky this week and you will see the crescent moon of Av waning away to nothingness. Shabbat will fall on the night of new moon, so this weekend we’ll celebrate Rosh Chodesh Elul — the beginning of the new lunar month of Elul, the month leading up to the Days of Awe!
In honor of Elul, this Shabbat we’ll begin singing selections from psalm 27. This year we’ll be using settings of two excerpts from that seasonal psalm: “Achat Sha’alti,” which we’ve been singing at CBI for the last several years, and also a beautiful setting of a different verse written by the folks at Nava Tehila, the Jewish Renewal congregation of Jerusalem.
Here’s their setting of one verse from Psalm 27, which is called “Lach Amar Libi” — “To you, my heart says, ‘I seek Your face.’ Your face, God, is what I seek!”
And here’s sheet music, for those who find sheet music useful: Psalm 27,Lakh Amar Libi notes [pdf]
This week we’re reading the Torah portion known as Re’eh (“See!”) in the book of Dvarim (Deuteronomy.)
If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, some links follow:
- 2005: Thoughts on kashrut
- 2006: The God we know
- 2008: Not empty-handed [Torah poem]
- 2009: Ear [Torah poem]
- 2012: Blessing and curse
And here’s the URJ’s compilation of commentaries on this week’s Torah portion: Re’eh | URJ.
This coming Shabbat morning, services will be led by Rabbi Rachel.
Many thanks to our shamashim, the members who host our Shabbat services each week. If you would like to join that group, please contact Pattie Lipman.
We hope to see you soon at CBI!