Shabbat comes in 6.10 pm: goes out 9.09 pm
Every year we read parashat Nitsavim before Rosh Hashanah and this year parashat Vayelech will be read this Shabbat, just after Rosh Hashanah. They hint at contrasting statuses – Nitzavim means being standing or stationary ( Moses told the Israelites that all the people “stood before God” to enter into the covenant).
In contrast, Vayelech, means “went out”, indicating movement, or action ( Moses “went out” to the people to speak these words… ). On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we spend many hours in synagogue, stationary, thinking about faith, Jewish values, and prayer. But then it’s time to move forward. It’s no particular challenge to be good Jews in the synagogue; the real test is at home, in the workplace and the marketplace.
Rabbi Paul Arberman