This week the ninth section of the Book of Deuteronomy, continues the description of Moses’ third and final farewell address to the Jewish people.

Moses told the people, “today I am exactly 120 years old.” (31:2)

 The fact that even Moses’ last year of his life was not left unfinished, indicates that he lived his life to its fullest, wasting no time or leaving undone any part of the task with which he was charged.

The fact that Moses’ physical life so perfectly mirrored his spiritual life indicated, that he successfully overcame the division between the spiritual and material; his spiritual perfection was mirrored in these manifestations of physical perfection.

Moses’ life should inspire us to live our own lives to the fullest, the consciousness of our Divine mission permeating every minute and every item in our lives. When we do so, we dissolve the artificial division of the spiritual and the physical, revealing the innate Divinity underlying and reality.

This Shabbat is called “Shabbat Shuva” (the Shabbat of return) as it falls in the midst of the “10 days of repentance, between Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur. Also named after the first words of this week’s Haftorah portion – “shuva Yisroel – return o Israel”

In the secular calendar, this Shabbat is 20 years since the horrific attack on the twin towers in New York. Some 3000 innocent people lost their lives that day whilst changing the world that we live in.

During these auspicious days and this significant anniversary, let’s commit to undertake some act of kindness in the memories of the heroes of that horrific day, thus turning the day of mourning into a day of acts of kindness to make this world a better and more pleasant world.

Wednesday evening through Thursday is the holy day of Yom Kippur, a 25 hour day of fast and prayer.

May we all be inscribed for a year of health, happiness and contentment.