“What do we really need?”
August 25, 2012 – Psalm 27 (Parshat Shoftim)
The countdown towards the New Year is on. Last week week it was 5 shabbats left before the end of the year, and now just 4.
We are already one week into the month of Elul, sounding the shofar each morning to prepare us for the blasts of the New Year. The sounds are familiar, yet different, since so much has happened in the year that has passed.
Along with the beginning sounds of the shofar, we also read Psalm 27 each day through the end of the upcoming holiday season.
“Only one thing do I ask, one that I yearn for, to dwell in G-d’s house all the days of my life, to behold G-d’s sweetness and to contemplate in the Sacred Place.”
We enter the New Year, into a new sacred time and place, in expectation and in yearning, with questions, with doubts and with faith.
We may find it helpful to ask ourselves in preparation, “Of all that we ask for, what is the one thing that we really need?”
Shabbat shalom and “only 4 to go,”
Rabbi Mark Melamut