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A Message from Rabbi Spalter

You Will Clean Up Later

Please join me in welcoming Aaron and Dina Tolkin to our community and Shul as well as Mr. Eli Siboni and family. We wish them all the best in their new community and we are excited to welcome them to Chabad.

Please also join me in our wishes for a hearty Mazal Tov to Pablo and Jessica Weisfeld on the occasion of the Bar Mitzvah of their son Eitan this Shabbat, as well wishes for a hearty Mazal Tov to Geraldo and Andrea Maroniene for the Bar Mitzvah of their son Gaby this Sunday. We hope and pray that they will both be a great source of Nachas to their parents and entire families.

This Shabbos is the beginning of the month of Elul when, we are told, Hashem extends Himself towards us in a more revealed and cheerful way in order to awaken our inner connection that might have been neglected throughout the year. This helps us reconnect and prepares us for the upcoming High Holidays when we are judged and granted a year full of good and sweet blessings. During the next 30 days we have an opportunity to tap into the special Elul energy and what a shame it would be if we did not take advantage of it properly. Imagine you are in your home, in your comfort zone and suddenly you get a visit by the president of the United States or the Queen of England. You would welcome them in with joy and great honor. In Elul we get such a visit by G-d almighty Himself, but He comes to us on our terms. We might not be all that worthy but He comes anyway in order to inspire us to connect to him. This is the theme of the month of Elul. Hashem, the King, knocks on our door hoping we allow Him in. Does it occur to anyone not to answer the door? You may ask, but the house in not clean! I am not ready for such a royal visit! Well, that may be true but can we make G-d wait outside until we clean up our act? In Elul we greet the king first and then clean up. We pray and learn a little more, we give a little more charity and treat our fellow a little nicer. In short, we become better Jews during this month, which cleans us and prepares us for the awesome days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

May we have the sensitivity to appreciate the subtle but powerful spiritual energy of Elul and may we then merit a happy, healthy and sweet New Year. 

Shabbat Shalom. 

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