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Wide Receiver!

Thursday, 2 June, 2022 - 11:13 pm

My son Menny is a devoted Vikings fan and a firm believer that Justin Jefferson is G-d’s gift to humanity. I like the term wide receiver, because in life we are surrounded, at times, by good “givers”, but lack the emotional intelligence to be proper “receivers”. Last week, we were in New York celebrating my dad’s 70th. My “Aba” is a great giver; he’s there for his family 24/7, he’s a loyal friend, and is a listening ear and shoulder to lean on for strangers in need. Yet, he is not very good at getting compliments and receiving love which is why a weekend dedicated to him being the wide receiver, not the quarterback, was really special.

Shavuos is upon us, and we know that G-d not only gave us the Torah 3,334 years ago, but gives us that same gift every year, every day, anew. G-d is very good at giving us His wisdom, but we struggle, at times, being healthy receivers. It’s like He’s handing us the key to the treasure chest, but we are too lazy, overwhelmed, “busy”, or oblivious, so we don’t turn the key to open it. He’s showering us with hugs and kisses and He’s hoping we reciprocate with interest, mutuality and by taking the gift, celebrating it and allowing it to enrich our lives.

Brené Brown writes that “Until we can receive with an open heart, we're never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help”. She’s right. The holiday is called “the time of the giving of our Torah”, but the wish we bless each other is that we “should receive the Torah with joy and inwardness”, because it’s about getting that which G-d is giving, and doing so with grace, joy and internalization.

Receive wide!

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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