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Climbing in Calico Basin!

Friday, 24 December, 2021 - 9:21 am

Earlier this week, Chavie and I, with the four younger kiddos, enjoyed a breathtaking hike on the Calico Basin Trail in Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon. It was three hours of bliss as we climbed the various formations, and soaked up the wide array of colors, of this natural phenomenon.  When we reached the end of the trail, I sat on a rock and gazed at a group of rock climbers in action with their ropes, helmets, and harnesses. We have many rock and ice climbers in Bozeman, including some dear friends, and watching these climbers’ fearlessness, reminded me that when one is connected above, falling down isn’t a worry.

 For I will be with you, and this is the sign for you that it was I Who sent you. When you take the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain”. While ensuring Moses that he will lead the Jews to Sinai, making them worthy of redemption, G-d also imparts to him that “I will be with you”, making it clear that when He is with us, when we are connected to our Commander-In-Chief, our beloved Creator, we have absolutely nothing to fear.

Plato famously said, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light”. I feel that so often G-d is guiding us, guiding me, to a place of illumination, leadership and meaning, but we are stifled, scared to let go of our plans, instead getting stuck; paralyzed, and unable to progress. It’s easy to fear falling when forgetting that the rope of our soul is connected on high and therefore have nothing to fear but fear itself, literally. When scoffers questioned Rabbi Meir of Premishlan’s ability to walk up an icy hill to immerse in a body of water for a Mikvah, he did it with ease and quipped “when one is connected above, they don’t fall below”.

Take me higher!

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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