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The Weight of Gold – The Unbroken Circle

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When I guided a young Christian through a spiritual crisis, little did we know that it would result in a life-altering book. The Weight of Gold brings out the Torah’s universal messages for personal growth and social justice, showing that the Torah is indeed the User’s Guide to the human soul.

Follow this blog each week for new insights into this ancient text. The book is now available through Amazon and in select bookstores. All profits from book sales are contributed to charity. See at: https://tikkunolam613.com

Parshat Ve-Zot Ha Beracha

May God bless and keep you always, may your wishes all come true,

May you always do for others and let others do for you.

May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung,

May you stay forever young.

– Bob Dylan, “Forever Young”

Let us rise up and be thankful; for if we did not learn a lot, at least we learned a little.

– Buddha

And thus we come to the end of the Torah.

The Torah is the heart of our life. It governs all aspects of our lives, not merely the few hours each week we spend in synagogue. And although our behavior and our ritual, as well as our social and philosophical and spiritual thought, are guided by centuries of rabbinic writings, we return each week to the source, the received Word of God, unaltered after more than 3,500 years.

In a tangible sense, this holiday is a return to the moment of receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai. The Torah scroll is opened for all to see, then each member of the congregation is called up to read, until the last verses of the Torah are completed. The highlight of the evening is the ecstatic dancing with the Torah scrolls themselves, dancing which often continues long past midnight.

In the Torah’s final verses, we read of the death of Moses. This is one of the most emotionally charged moments of the year, as we watch our beloved leader depart this world. Never mind that he will be back on the stage right on schedule with the next year’s reading of the book of Exodus. We listen, choked with tears, as the final verses are read.

What is Moses’ final message to us?

The key resides in the first word of the portion, which in Hebrew means “and this”: “And this........

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