Erev Shabbat Friday 27th May 2022 Time: 18h15 – 19h45
Teacher: Edie Sher
Parashat Bechukotai is the final portion in the book of Leviticus. Next Shabbat, we commence reading from the 4th book of torah, the book of Numbers. As is the custom, at the conclusion of the reading, we chant chazak, chazak v’nitzchazeik – be strong, be strong, and may we be strengthened.’
Our parasha should be read in conjunction with Deuteronomy 28 which is sub-titled ‘blessings and curses’. God says: “If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments, I will grant rain so that the earth shall yield its produce and the trees their fruit. I will grant peace and you shall sleep with no fear.” Wonderful promises.
However, HaShem continues, if you break covenant with Me (by disobeying My instructions), then I will break covenant with you.
“But if you will not listen to Me, if your soul rejects My laws and if you do not carry out My commandments and break My covenant, then I will do the same to you”.
Life or death! It’s that simple!
Shabbat morning Torah Service - Saturday 28th May 2022
Time: 10h00 – 12h00 Teacher: Herschel Raysman
Why does Torah talk about curses – tochacha – if we disobey God’s instructions? Which then leads our discussion to what is “the curse of the law’ that Rav Sha’ul (Paul) addresses in Galatians chapter 3.