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Welcome back from the Mall

Friday, 5 October, 2018 - 1:50 pm

The shopping experience has two components (not that I would know much about it…). There is the thrill of buying the merchandise; and then there is the enjoyment of using it. The transition between those two components is when you come home and unpack your purchases.

The Previous Rebbe utilizes the analogy of a shopping trip to explain what this past month of Tishrei is all about. We pick up merchandise from the various vendors, Rosh Hashanah, 10 days of Teshuvah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. Each vendor provides us with items that will be put to good use throughout the year in our growth and developments as Jews. We have a carful of devotion, reflection, love and awe, joy, oneness, enthusiasm and much more. Now that the holidays are over, we must start to utilize the goods and apply them in our lives.

This process begins with unpacking and putting things in place to be used when we need them. That is what this Shabbat is all about. It is the transition between the holidays and regular time. We can reflect on all that we experienced this month and then start to insert those experiences into everyday life.

So welcome back from the Tishrei Mall. I hope you enjoyed the shopping trip. Now unpack and start enjoying your merchandise as well.

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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