Shabbat Nugget: Parashat Vayeilech and Yom Kippur

We are just a few days away from Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement.  The main theme of Yom Kippur is Teshuvah- which means to return to G-d.  This returning to G-d has two aspects, the first is asking G-d to forgive our sins since our sins are an interference with our relationship to G-d.  The second dimension of Teshuvah is a general request to return and be closer to G-d for the new year.

We can learn a lesson how our Teshuvah should look like from this week’s Torah portion. The overall context of the book of Deuteronomy is the book of Teshuvah -return to G-d.  This week’s Torah portion is called Vayeilech which means “To Walk”.  When a person walks, each step lands him in a totally different place. Thus, in employing the metaphor of walking the Torah is teaching us that our Teshuvah /Return should be a truly transformative experience, which makes us into new people, who have left their former selves behind.

About Rabbi Pesach Scheiner

Rabbi Pesach Scheiner is the Rabbi of Boulder County Center for Judaism. In addition, he teaches extensively throughout Boulder County and is the author of "Finding the Joy in Everyday Living," a book of short chapters explaining the ways to access happiness through appreciation, gratitude, and a sense of purpose.

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