Weekly Encouragement

For the music director, a contemplative song of the sons of Korah.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O G-d. My soul thirsts for G-d, for the living G-d. When will I come and appear before G-d? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all day: “Where is your G-d?” These things I remember as I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng, walking with them to the House of G-d,

with a voice of joy and praise, a multitude keeping a festival. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why are you murmuring within me? Hope in G-d, for I will yet praise Him, for the salvation of His presence.

-Psalm 42:1-6

These familiar verses have added impact knowing they are written by the sons of Korah. They witnessed the rebellion of their father first hand and, instead of following their father's footsteps, they turned to the L-rd to seek salvation from the living G-d. In the midst of great trials, I pray that we too can remind our weary souls to hope in G-d. He is our salvation. He is worthy of praise. May we deeply desire more of Him as tangibly as we hunger and thirst. When we pour out our downcast souls before Him, we are assured that He will hear and restore.

Torah & Times

Weekly Readings: 

Torah Portion: Parashat Balak ("Devastator") Num. 22:2-25:9

Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8

Apostolic Scriptures: Rom. 11:25-32

Shabbat Times:

Friday, July 19, 2024 - Holiday begins at 8:03 pm

Saturday, July 20, 2024 - Holiday ends at 9:07 pm

As per custom, Shabbat beginning time is 18 minutes before sunset and Shabbat is celebrated as a 25-hour holiday.

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