I'm really enjoying Devarim (Deuteronomy) this year. As I read I feel connected to Moses's words to the Israelites in Parashat Eikev this week, including these:
"At the end of the forty days and forty nights, God gave me the two stone tablets as tablets of the covenant. But God then said to me, "Get moving and hurry down from here!
The nation that you brought out of Egypt has become corrupt. They have been quick to turn aside from the path that I prescribed for them, and they have made themselves a cast statute." Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, The Living Torah
(Seen on a T-shirt lately)
Don't Give Up! Moses Was Once A Basket Case
But seriously, woe unto us when we make idols of anything, which of course includes important things and people in our lives, such as our smart phones and our grandkids. It's really true....
Elul is coming soon, and then the High Holy Days. How I love Shuli Kleinman's generous post that provides easy access to Rabbi Doniel Katz' four videos presented to help us prepare deeply for Yom Kippur this year.
Here's Rabbi Doniel Katz' formula explained in his first video. Curious? I'll be posting more in my preparation process this year, for sure.
And here's a wonderful, useful prayer from my Breslov Research Institute (Rebbe Nachman) email today-
Dear G-d! Please show me that the very traits which cause me such distress are actually the path to true connection and purity.
Help me keep patiently yearning until You enable the slight adjustments of attitude and action and transform my negatives to advantages.