Ha’azinu, Moses’ final exhortation to the people of Israel in poetic form, contains a critical reminder: “Take to heart all the words with which I have warned you this day. Enjoin them upon your children, that they may observe faithfully all the terms of this teaching. For this is not a trifling thing for you: it is your very life.” (Deuteronomy 32:46-47)
To live up to our highest aspirations, to walk the road of Jewish law (halacha, associated with the word meaning “to walk”), is the very core of Jewish life. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur served as a reminder, a refocusing, at the start of the New Year. Shabbat gives us that same opportunity each and every week. As the old joke goes, remember that your High Holy Day tickets are good for one full year!
– Rabbi Aaron Meyer