To help us prepare for parashat Devarim this Shabbat, also known as Shabbat Chazon, click here to read a fascinating explanation by NJOP’s Director, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald concerning the significance of the word “Eicha” found not only in the book of Lamentations but also in parashat Devarim.

As we approach Tisha B’Av, it behooves us to examine our actions and contemplate who we have become, and try to determine how we can improve who we are. In the first Mishna of the second chapter of Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the fathers, we are taught: “…Consider three things and you will not come into the grip of sin: Know what is above you – a watchful Eye, an attentive Ear and all of your deeds are recorded in a Book.”

To appreciate the incredible breadth of wisdom contained in the Torah and to live a more spiritually elevated life, print out the second chapter of Ethics of the Fathers this afternoon, before Shabbat, and join thousands of fellow Jews around the globe who will be enjoying an uplifting experience and inspired discussions this Shabbat.