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Destigmatization!

Thursday, 17 February, 2022 - 7:27 pm

On Sunday we hosted a “Super Soul” Superbowl watch party, with forty members of our Bozeman community who are homeless. It was so special, so important, so bright. Each of these souls has a story, a family, an inner yearning for a better tomorrow. We naturally stigmatize, “they don’t shower”, “they are on drugs”, “they should’ve worked harder”, “they should pick themselves up by their bootstraps” and so on and so forth. It’s wrong. Seeing my son Menny and daughter Chaya watching the Rams and the Bengals while being surrounded by this unique community, warmed my heart, and hopefully destigmatized this reality for them.  

In this week’s Torah portion, Ki-Sisa, we read about Moses and his personal touch. He comes down the mountain, sees the Jews sinning with idolatry, adultery, and murder. Instead of giving up on his ungrateful and cowardly nation, he sees their humanity, recognizes their soul, doesn’t disown them in their weakest moment for his own convenience, and, though it was a super uncomfortable place for him to be, stuck between an unhappy G-d and a chaotic people, Moses makes a choice to remain in the trenches with his people, changing the trajectory of the Jewish nation.

” about individual challenges. Moses lived this theme, on Sunday, we brought it closer to home, and we need to do better, making it a vocal part of our dinner-table conversations. Stigmas are foolish, thoughtless and, at times, dangerous. If we really want to see a brighter world, a more peaceful country, it starts by putting on Moses’ glasses and seeing our fellow citizens, all of them, with a twinkle in our eye.

In a world of algorithms, hashtags, and followers; let’s celebrate human connection!

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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