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Ignore tomorrow!

Friday, 29 July, 2022 - 6:19 am

Yesterday, just a few hours before the sun set and we ushered in the month of Menachem-Av and the nine-days of mourning leading to Tisha B’Av, I had the great honor of officiating at the wedding of Nate and Rachel, a beloved couple in our growing community, who have, in the sixteen months since we’ve met, become very dear friends. There was something so pure, so pristine, so beautiful about the ceremony. I will share with y’all what I shared with them under the Chuppah, just before Nate broke the glass, recognizing the absence of our Holy Temple:

This week we read two Torah portions, Matos and Massei, wrapping up the Book of Numbers. In Matos we read about vows, the power of verbal commitments and their potential nullification. In Massei we read about the forty-two journeys, locations at which Jewry resided while in the desert, en-route to Israel. At each place, even if only spending the night, they would erect the Tabernacle in all its glory. It represented the stability that is needed in life that guides us to focus on the “now”, living life in the present. Ignoring today and its value because of our excitement or anxiety about tomorrow is illogical, unhealthy and unholy.

My wish for the bride and groom, is really a wish for all those seeking a “G-d inspired” relationship, including me and Chavie, and that is to have the “Matos”, the unwavering commitment to each other through thick and thin, and the “Massei”, the journey that is anchored in remaining focused on the gift that is before us now. Internalizing these combined values creates a sacred, successful, union, and helps inch our world closer to celebrate the ultimate union, the wedding we all await, that of G-d and His people, in the holy city of Jerusalem, when mourning will be substituted with joy and gladness.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift.

That is why it is called the present!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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