Life is Not a Game of Chess

Dear  Friend

We are currently in the Jewish month of Elul. In just over three weeks from now, we will celebrate Rosh Hashanah and usher in the New Year. In preparation for this auspicious event we are given this period - a month of opportunity. During this time we reflect on the past year, identify areas of weakness, make amends, forgive others and resolve to improve in the coming year. This process is called Teshuva – returning.

We are taught that in this month of Elul, G-d is like a "King in the field" - accessible, approachable and willing to accept us with warmth and love. During these few weeks He makes the process of change and growth a lot easier than it normally is.

One of the greatest obstacles that stand in the way of self improvement is the erroneous belief that it is impossible to change. We believe that some personality traits are too ingrained to be modified, some conflicts are too deep to be resolved or we are too old to learn new things and alter the direction of our behavior. The message of Teshuva is that this is a fundamental error. There is never a point of no return. No matter how low we think we may have fallen there is always a way back. Change is always achievable provided we believe it to be possible and necessary.

There were great Chassidic Rabbis who would play chess from time to time to sharpen their minds. However there was one Rebbe - Reb Yechiel of Gostinin who refused to learn how to play the game. "I heard", he said "that in chess, once you let go, you cannot retract a wrong move. I find this unacceptable as I know that Teshuva teaches us that there is nothing that cannot be corrected." No matter how much we think we might have failed in the past year, we can always fix, improve, resolve, forgive, move on and continue to develop and grow.

Believing in ourselves and in our ability to change is the first step to make it happen.

Have a good Shabbos,
Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann


Our deepest condolences to Marylin and Stuart Cole on loss of their dear mother Lenore Zusman.


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Mila Brener's father, Lev Strugach
Cindy Ezzo's mother, Frieda (Fritzi) Dubin
Alla Kier's mother, Bella



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Parshat Shoftim

Moses instructs the people of Israel to appoint judges and law enforcement officers in every city. “Justice, justice shall you pursue,” he commands them, and you must administer it without corruption or favoritism. Crimes must be meticulously investigated and evidence thoroughly examined—a minimum of two credible witnesses is required for conviction and punishment.

In every generation, says Moses, there will be those entrusted with the task of interpreting and applying the laws of the Torah. “According to the law that they will teach you, and the judgment they will instruct you, you shall do; you shall not turn away from the thing that they say to you, to the right nor to the left.”

Shoftim also includes the prohibitions against idolatry and sorcery; laws governing the appointment and behavior of a king; and guidelines for the creation of “cities of refuge” for the inadvertent murderer. Also set forth are many of the rules of war: the exemption from battle for one who has just built a home, planted a vineyard, married, or is “afraid and soft-hearted”; the requirement to offer terms of peace before attacking a city; and the prohibition against wanton destruction of something of value, exemplified by the law that forbids to cut down a fruit tree when laying siege (in this context the Torah makes the famous statement, “For man is a tree of the field”).

The Parshah concludes with the law of the eglah arufah—the special procedure to be followed when a person is killed by an unknown murderer and his body is found in a field—which underscores the responsibility of the community and its leaders not only for what they do, but also for what they might have prevented from being done.

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