Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary
In a world that demands our immediate attention and bombards us with information, we can find true wisdom from God — through prayer, reading Scripture, quietly reflecting, and listening to His Word.
On the festive celebration of Simchat Torah, Jews end and begin the annual cycle of reading the Torah (which Christians know as the first five books of the Old Testament). This sure foundation binds Christians and Jews together, giving us comfort and hope in a world of constant change.
As I return to Israel from the U.S., my happiness at watching Israelis prepare for Sukkot the joyous biblical Feast of Tabernacles, is tempered with sorrow. The murder of a great Israeli and friend of The Fellowship in a terror attack reminds us that all we have ultimately comes from God.
On Yom Kippur, we contemplate our sins and reconcile ourselves to God through repentance and prayer, turning from bad toward good and experiencing the renewal that only He can provide.
Amid chaos and uncertainty, the High Holy Days — which begin at sundown on Sunday — provide a reminder that God is sovereign over our lives. And as I sit in awe of His sovereignty and power, I also am in awe of your generosity and open-heartedness.
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