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Windy Inspiration!

Thursday, 14 November, 2019 - 9:42 pm

It was another very busy week with classes, program planning, a jail visit, a talk at the Cancer Support community, time with an elderly Jew at an Alzheimer’s care facility and fun with the kiddos at the mall, but the highlight was my fifteen hour visit to Chicago, the one place on earth that felt colder than Bozeman. I was invited to address a Farbrengen of men in the local Chabad community as well as to talk with one hundred or so teenage girls at the Lubavitch Girls High School; it was one of those life moments where I came to inspire and left inspired. They came to listen to what I’d share and with their listening taught me so so much.

In this week’s Torah portion, Vayeira, we read about our founding father Abraham seeking out travelers who would accept his warm and royal hospitality. It was then, outside his tent, with the desert sun sizzling, that G-d visited him and helped his healing process. You see, ninety-nine-year-old Abraham was physically uncomfortable, as he had circumcised himself just three days earlier, yet, instead of focusing on his own ailment, he sought others who were in need. He understood that the joy we experience when giving to others is so pleasurable, so emotionally rewarding, that, if but for a moment, it allows us to forget about our own “issues” and gives us genuine rejuvenation.

It wasn’t the Glenlivet L’Chaim and healthy dose of Sushi that blew me away; it was my Chabad brothers in West Rogers Park. These hardworking men, laymen and rabbis, who needed to be up for work just a few hours later, sat and listened for five hours, sang melodious tunes that penetrated our hearts and even debated me on various matters until 1:30 AM; it was real, it was deeply authentic. I spent a few solid hours engaged with some people I've never met but who wanted to know more, do more and be better; it left an impressionable mark on me.  As my flight headed back from O’Hare to Bozeman, I couldn’t stop thinking of the Talmudic Idiom “More than the calf wants to suckle, the cow wants to nurse”.

Giving is getting. If you don’t believe me, just try it!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Moshiach speedily. May Hashem protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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