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Flooded with gratitude!

Friday, 17 June, 2022 - 11:02 am

Can’t we ever catch a break? That’s the feeling many of us are feeling. Covid, inflation, interest rates hikes, monkeypox, forest fires, individual challenges, terrorism, school shootings, and now floods. We’ve all seen the gut-wrenching videos of our beloved Yankee Jim Canyon, Red Lodge, Gardiner, Stafford Animal Shelter as our entire region aches from this natural catastrophe. Yet, there is one thing I didn’t hear all week long: complaints. There was no blaming, no finger pointing, no looting, no confusion; there was kindness, understanding, support, gratitude, community and devoted citizens, law enforcement and search and rescue teams working with class and heart.

Montanans don’t bicker very much.

In this week’s Torah portion, Behaalosecha, we read about Jewry complaining in the desert. Imagine Moses, our beloved leader of all time, as he pronounces the arrival of Manna, miraculous sustenance from heaven, and nevertheless he hears the Jews complaining that they miss the leeks, garlic and watermelon that they had in Egypt? You want to pull your hair out when encountering such ungratefulness. So often we pray from Psalms "Hodu L’Hashem Ki Tov, Ki L'olam Chasdo”, meaningGive thanks to the Lord because He is good, for His kindness is eternal”. Let’s all try to internalize that more and not complain as much.

Cicero once said, “gratitude is not only the greatest virtue; it’s the parent of all others”.  At times, Chavie reminds me to just pause and recognize all the good, all the successes, all the positivity, because it’s way too easy to get caught up in the lack of “watermelons” when there’s Manna from heaven at your front door. It’s going to take Montana a while to rebuild, redesign and re-imagine life in the affected areas of our beloved State, but knowing Montanans, I believe it will be done with grace, gratefulness and lots of brotherhood and sisterhood.

Mighty waters can’t extinguish the love!

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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