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Parashat Bereshit - 5773

My friends,

On Simchat Torah, we concluded the last portion in the Book of Deuteronomy, and we congratulated ourselves by saying, "Hazak, Hazak, Venithazek." (Be strong, be strong, and we shall be strengthened.) and we immediately started from the beginning again.

This Shabbat, we will again begin the cycle of reading the portion of the week by starting from the very beginning - the portion of Bereshit. Is there anything new we can learn from this Parashat? We read it last year and the year before, going back many years.

During the D'var Torah each Shabbat at Sharei Chesed, we always seem to find something new. There is always a message that is eternal - something that is derived from studying the Parashat and from the discussion that ensues. For this online message, we can say that the "Hazak, Hazak" we offered one another at the conclusion of the reading of the Torah has truly caused us to "Venithazak" - to be strengthened. We will come to the sudy of Bereshit with a renewed sense of curiosity and excitement because this is "Torat Hashem" - G-d-given Torah - that we commit ourselves to study again and again. That's what gives us the strength to come to shul and study Torah, week after week.

Shabbat Shalom,

Avram