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See Here, People!

Get your SKINNY on in less time than it takes to remove “Let it Go!” from your kids’ playlist.

TAKE A BITE

(the pitch)


Moses’ retirement speech continues, yet again. This week, Moses started out with: “See, I place before you today a blessing and a curse.” The word “see” was used for emphasis, as in: “See Here, People!” It’s also the name of this week’s Torah reading, Re’eh (like rip without the “p”– aye), which means: see. It’s a repeat of the “See Here, People!” from last week’s Torah reading. That is: We’ll be blessed if we follow the Torah’s ways and cursed if we don’t. (Read this SKINNY, if you forgot to “See Here”.)

GET FAT

(the over think)


In this week’s Torah reading, Moses told our peeps to build a Temple when they got settled in the Land of Israel to replace the pop-up one they’d been using on their 40-year desert journey. (Read this SKINNY if you missed the pop-up.) Similar to the pop-up version, the purpose of the Temple in the Land of Israel was to create a holy place for God’s presence to Hang 10 and for our peeps to honor God by bringing animal sacrifices as offerings. Moses informed our peeps that it was against the rules to bring an offering to God any place other than in the Temple. (This is one of the reasons we don’t bring sacrifice offerings to God anymore since the Temple and its replacement were both destroyed – Temple 1.0 in 586 B.C.E. and Temple 2.0 in 70 C.E. No Temple. No sacrifices. The vegans on Team SKINNY are delighted by that.)

THE SKINNY

(to be in-the-know)

 
This week’s Torah reading concludes with Moses repeating a bunch of prescriptions from the Torah’s previous books. Perhaps, Moses wanted to make double sure we adhered to the rules when we entered the Land of Israel, since he wasn’t going to be there to help us out. Team SKINNY imagines Moses sang the insipid Disney song “Let it Go” because most of the laws can be summed up that way:
 
Don’t worship any idols – Let it Go! (Read this SKINNY if you’re having trouble letting go.) 
 
Don’t eat Piglet, Miss Piggy, or Hamm – Let it Go! (Read this SKINNY if you can’t remember why Hamm and ham aren’t kosher.)
 
Don’t eat all of the fruits and veggies that grow – Let it Go! (Read this SKINNY if your jubilee isn’t jubilant.)
 
Don’t eat any leaveny carbs on Passover – Let it Go! (Read this SKINNY if you’re tri-curious about Passover and the two other pilgrimage holidays.)

FULFILLED

(bookmark. reflect. share)


The month of Elul (el-ool) on the Jewish calendar starts this year on September 4th. Elul is a propitious time to prepare for the upcoming holidays of Rosh HaShanah (row-sh ha-shah-nah) – the Jewish New Year - and Yom Kippur (yome key-poor) – the Day of Atonement – that we celebrate next month. Elul means: search in Aramaic. (Aramaic is a Semitic dialect. It was the ancient form of Hebrew that was spoken in Torah-times.) During the month of Elul, we search our hearts and souls in preparation for the holidays. A shofar (show-far) - ram’s horn – is blown in synagogue after morning services each weekday during Elul to wake us from our complacency. Judaism gets that it’s hard work to engage in self-reflection. The month of Elul is the warm-up period that helps slowly move us to the place where we can seek forgiveness from others and from ourselves and Let it Go!

SMALL BITES

(to chew on)


Team SKINNY likes “Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days” by Kerry M. Olitzky and Rachel T. Sabath. It’s a journal-type guidebook of daily reflections to help get us spiritually ready for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. (Although we hate the book’s name and wish it was an app instead of a book.) 


 

Team SKINNY.







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