THIS week we read from two Sifrei Torah. From the first sefer, we read the sedra of the week — Re’eh in Devarim.

As the Torah does in several places, it warns us to keep the mitzvot. If we do, we will be blessed.

There are many references to kashrut issues. The laws of shechita are alluded to. The laws governing which animals, birds and fish are kosher are repeated. We are told again that milk and meat may not be eaten nor even cooked together.

Blood may not be consumed at all. Although this sounds like something out of Dracula, in reality it is for this reason that we salt meat to drain off any blood.

The final portions will be somewhat familiar as they are read on the Shalosh Regalim. This is because the last parsha discusses the laws of the Shalosh Regalim — Pesach, Shavout and Succot.

We also learn about the shemita year and laws of tithes.

The second sefer is used to read the maftir. This is the one read on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh, taken from the sedra Pinchas in Bamidbar. It discusses the sacrifices offered in the Temple on Rosh Chodesh.

Half-Hallel is recited at shacharit and the special musaf, Atah Yatzarta, is substituted. This is usually printed sub-linearly in Shabbat musaf.

Sunday is the second day Rosh Chodesh. This is the first day of Ellul, the final month of the year.

We commence reciting Psalm 27 twice daily till Succot and we blow the shofar in shul on weekdays throughout the month of Ellul.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov.


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