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Ki Teitzei, 8 Elul 5778
August 19, 2018

One of the Virgo's traits is criticism, and not only criticism of others but also criticism of self.  To criticize means to point out the faults of someone or something in a disapproving way.  We live in a time where criticism is rampant.  We see it on reality shows, we see it on Twitter and Facebook and other forms of social media, we see it in the workplace, and we even see it at home.  And sometimes people preface it with the word "constructive," thinking that they are softening the blow.  Why do we feel the need to criticize others and criticize ourselves?  There is not one person walking the earth that does not have at least one fault.  We need to rise above our ego and transform this need to criticize.  How do we do this?  We can start by noticing the good traits in others and in ourselves.  Be quick to praise the good deeds of others rather than jump at the chance to tear them down.  During this week of Elul as we prepare for Rosh Hashanah, let us examine the ways we criticize ourselves and others and see if we can make a positive change for the new year ahead.  And remember, as you look over the past year and see how you have been negative towards others, be sure to replace the inner critic with the inner caretaker.

Shavua tov,


Selichot - Monday, August 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM EDT
Selichot - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM EDT
Kabbalat Shabbat with Torah Reading - Friday, August 24, 2018 - 8:00 PM EDT

 

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Parashat Ki Teitzei
Torah Portion:
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 21:10-25:19

Haftarah:
Yeshayah (Isaiah) 54:1-10

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The High Holy Days, also known as the Days of Awe, begin with Rosh Hashanah on the evening of September 9, 2018 and end with Yom Kippur on Wednesday, September, 19, 2018.  We invite you to join us for the Days of Awe.  To see our full schedule, please visit our Rosh Hashanah page.

Weekly Kabbalah Studies to Resume in Cheshvan.
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