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A Rose in Havre!

Friday, 29 October, 2021 - 8:18 am

In a few hours, Menny and I will head home to Bozeman for Shabbos, after our 1,100 mile, 36-hour, trip, ensuring the Kosher status of plants in Great Falls, Cut Bank, Shelby, Tiber, Chester, Havre, Big Sandy, Fort Benton, Denton and Ulm. It was a lot of driving, but I was able to enjoy sunrise near Valier and to say a prayer in Joplin where the Amtrak train crashed a few weeks back. It’s always nice to spend time where the Rockies meet the Plains. The trip’s aha moment was when I surprised my friend at his office in Havre and was able to quickly Lay Tefilin with him while he took a break from a meeting. 

In this week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, we read about Eliezer, the devoted servant of Abraham, heading north to find a wife for Isaac. When he detects Rebecca’s incredible kindheartedness, he recognizes that she’s the one and the rest is history. The Midrash tells us that young Rebecca was like “a rose plucked from among thorns”. The thorns, the harsh childhood with wicked relatives, made her the beautiful rose that she was; it strengthened her, it brought out the very best in her. Yet, when the time was up, when she was ready for marriage, Abraham didn’t procrastinate, he sent Eliezer to bring her home, to the home Abraham and Sarah, the home of Isaac.

There are flowers and then there are roses. There is something really touching about a Mitzvah preformed on the high-line. Yes, every Mitzvah is special and precious in Hashem’s eyes, but I must believe that the more distant the geographical location, the further one is from an active Jewish community, the more meaning the Mitzvah takes on. It’s hard being a lone rose, the soul yearns for connection and it’s challenging to quench the spiritual thirst alone. I enjoyed my time with my brother up north, because it reminded Hashem that His roses are aromatic and beautiful no matter where they may live.

G-d enjoys each rose! 

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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