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Sleeping in a Yurt!

Thursday, 28 November, 2019 - 9:25 pm

After an incredible family Shabbos with Shoshana in Hurricane, Utah, we were off on an adventurous drive home. We drove through picturesque Zion, visited sunrise point at Bryce, ran through Devil’s Garden and overnighted in a Yurt in Escalante, couldn’t get enough of breathtaking Capitol Reef, put our hands in the air like we just don’t care at Goblin State Park, ran through the Sand Dune Arch of Arches, and stood high atop Island In the Sky at Canyonlands and saw G-d's greatness. Yes, it was one week and seventeen hundred miles in a minivan with four kiddos, but the quality of the experience and a lifetime of memories was unbeatable.

In this week’s Torah portion, Toldot, we read about Rebecca instructing Jacob to siphon Isaac’s blessings from his twin brother Esau and Jacob’s subsequent escape. Jacob spent thirty six years away from his parents, away from home, and although he thrived in Torah study and built an incredible family during that time, he misses out on so many years with his beloved dad and, sadly, never sees his mother Rebecca again. Yes, Rebecca’s guidance procured Jacob and Jewry’s future, but no matter how we twist the story, it was a family ripped apart. Parents living in Israel, one local son who is a thief, idolater and murderer, a second son who is living far away without social media or email and the loneliness is palpable. 

So often, I hear of people’s regrets. Good people, holy people, friendly people, who simply keep pushing off spending quality time with their families for one reason or another. I don’t know how long I will live, it’s out of my control; what I do know is that G-d gifted me with an incredible Chavie and five Divine children and they deserve my time. I love our crazy workload for the furtherance of Jewish life in Montana, but I will not let that stop me from fulfilling my primary role as husband and father. Sleeping in a Yurt is not something I could’ve imagined doing, but it was an experience that our family will cherish forever and that is priceless.

I don’t want to Kvetch about my regrets; I want to laugh about great memories! 

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

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