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Take good care of yourself!

Thursday, 21 July, 2022 - 2:58 pm

With Chaya in Sweden, Menny in Michigan, Zeesy in New York and Shoshana in California, Chavie and I took our almost-five-year-old “baby” Chana Laya and spent four nights on the north shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota. It was refreshing, adventurous, gorgeous, and fun, and it’s important for couples to find the time to get away, even it means a little kiddo comes along. I still stayed on top of my never-ending workload, I still had an occasional stressful moment, but overall, it was relaxing and healthy for us to just be.

In this week’s Torah portion, Pinchas, we read about Shabbos and the Jewish holidays, and the offerings associated with each of them. It’s fascinating that Judaism has so many days associated with rest and “holding back” from creativity and “work”. These holy days aren’t just about leaving the mundane, but about entering a state of “service”, bringing “offerings” to G-d, which is really just a form of spiritual fulfillment for each of us. It's an opportune time for us to tap into our depth and spend time focusing on that which really matters.

In his book “The gift of rest”, Joe Lieberman writes that “G-d gave us the Sabbath as a gift, and He meant for us to enjoy it. We begin the holy day with darkness so that we can more fully appreciate the light of the Sabbath day when it dawns.”. We all need downtime, but not downtime to do nothing and tune-out, but rather downtime to tune-in to our souls, our emotions, our psyche and to why we are blessed to live on G-d’s green earth. In one of the wilderness cabins at which we stayed, there was a cellphone lockbox that said, “For a true escape, forget your phone inside”. We all need breathers and sooner is always better than later. 

 

Taking care of ourselves, ensures we can take care of others!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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