Thunder in Paradise!

Friday, 20 May, 2022 - 8:27 am

It’s Spring in Montana and the thunderstorms are going strong. On Monday, as we watched the storm roll in from the West, I had the beautiful opportunity to make the two special blessings on thunder and lightning and the kids joined me in the Brachos. We bless G-d who “Who performs the work of creation” and “Whose power and might fill the world”. There was something special in the air, as I sat at then dining room table and waited for both the lightning and thunder to appear to the North of our home over the Bridgers, so that we can make the blessings. Instead of bemoaning the storm, it felt nice to express gratitude to Hashem for the storms He showers us with.

In this week’s Torah portion, Behar, we read about the Sabbatical year. When the Jews entered Israel, they’d work the land for six years and during the seventh, they’d take a break. G-d wanted us to recognize that the physical parcel of land, which is resting, the produce of the land which is ownerless and available to all, and the farmer who is spending a year staycationing, are all created by Him and their destiny, their success, their wellbeing is determined by a Higher Power. It’s not easy to implement psychologically, but it’s so so healthy.

Pausing throughout the day whether for observing lightning, after using the restroom, or seeing a rainbow and saying “Wow Lord, this is awesome and You’re spectacular” is a really good way to live G-d-centric. We ask for so much, we seem to always seek more and more, it’s good practice to find time here and there to say, “Dear G-d, I am taking a minute not to ask you for anything, I just want to simply say thank you for all that I have”. Next time you smell a fragrant flower, make a blessing and be grateful for the flower and for the ability to smell.

Gratitude is wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.

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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