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G-d and His tow truck!

Thursday, 6 January, 2022 - 9:27 pm

Yesterday morning, as Bozeman experienced a few hours of whiteout conditions, Mendel, who joined our team in August, had his inaugural winter moment, when he ended in a snowbank on Bozeman Trail Road. I immediately drove over to transfer the kids to my car and take them to school, and an hour or so later he was pulled out and back on the road. It’s the story of life: our vision gets blurry, the conditions seem untenable, we hit a bump in the road, but with the help of friends and family, with guidance from the Torah, we get pulled back up and hit the road running towards our destination. 

In this week’s Torah portion, Bo, we read about the monumental exodus from Egypt. The Jews had strayed badly. They were addicted to paganism, many were uncircumcised, they were uncertain about Moses their leader and some even spent the night before the exodus in the homes of their Egyptians neighbors, when they were meant to be at home so that G-d can pass them over and save them. These weren’t Jews living a holy life, they were spiritualty dysfunctional at a minimum, perhaps even wicked. Yet, G-d didn’t allow their “stuck in the ditch” mindset to rule the day; He would be their tow truck and get them out. 

So often, I find that in my life, when I hit a snowbank, miss a milestone of a loved one, or get an unexpected bill, I lose focus and get stuck. I get anxious, even angry, and, though, the rest of the day could’ve been awesome, super productive and even successful, somehow the bump takes me down. Yet, it’s so wrong. Hashem reminds us that getting stuck shouldn’t be a paralysis sentence, it’s foolish to even think that life won’t have moments in which we get stuck. Being a healthy G-d fearing human being means to acknowledge that we’re only stuck temporarily, then we must get up, rock on and leave our personal Egypt.

G-d will help you out, just call on His tow truck!

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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