Friday, 13 August 2021
A note about the Hebrew month Elul: You will notice that Friday is the 5th of Elul. Elul is the month of preparation. Preparation for the fall feasts of the Lord that begin at the end of Elul, which is the beginning of Tishre. As a reminder to prepare, we sound the shofar every day during Elul. It is a reminder that a celebration is coming.
Rabbi's Note: Traditional Jews follow the Talmud which prohibits the sounding of any musical instrument (shofars included) on the Sabbath Day. So, the shofar is sounded every day in the synagogue during Elul except on the four Shabbats.
To celebrate at Yeshua's return is holiness. Many will not be celebrating, but the people of God will have every reason to rejoice at His appearance. As Paul wrote to Timothy, 2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. In the future there is reserved for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - andd not to me only, but also to everyone who has longed for His appearing. End RN.
This week's Torah potion, Shoftim starts with the instruction to appoint judges and officers in the gates of every city. They are they to help us prepare, to discern between good and evil and to put the judgement into effect so that we should be ready for Yeshua's return. This year, be ready! Be ready to celebrate Yeshua's return.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,