Start a forest!

Friday, 12 March, 2021 - 8:32 am

Pesach is just two weeks away and we are very much in the Passover mode. I spent a few hours this week mapping out the route for our Yeshiva students who, together with me and the kids, will be hand delivering Shemurah Matzah to 550 Jewish homes across Big Sky Country. Normally, we reach about 250 souls, but as so many Jews will still be unable to join a Seder with friends and family, it only makes sense to bring what the Zohar calls “Bread of faith, bread of healing” to our brothers and sisters from Roundup to Dillon.

In this week’s double Torah portion, Vayakhel-Pekudei, which concludes the book of Exodus, we read about the contributions of supplies donated by men, women and children to build the Tabernacle, the G-dly dwelling in the Arabian desert. This drive was not aimed at a particular tribe, it wasn’t just for the adult males like some of the other gifts, it wasn’t a request of the wealthy Jews who could afford it with ease or even an equal coin for all Jews; it was “bring as much as you can” and “we must all be part of this vital project”. There are moments, where we need, we want, every Jew on board, no matter the labels we give ourselves or others “bestow” upon us.

Passover is one of those moments.

Our Exodus, our freedom, is something every Jew or Jewess should experience first-hand. They may, or may not, come to Shul on Rosh Hashana to hear the Shofar, they may, or may not, fast on Yom Kippur, they may, or may not, sit in a Sukkah on Sukkot, but Matzah on Pesach must happen. Matzah represents the miracle that is Jewish survival, it teaches us that there’s always hope for redemption even when all seems bleak, it reminds us that we eventually do overcome, and it blesses us with enhanced faith in G-d and physical healing for our body. We are making Montana a Mishkan, a Divine dwelling, for G-d, and that can’t happen if even one Jew in Belt or Cameron isn’t part of operation Matzah 2021.

One tree can start a forest; each of us is a tree! 

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

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