It's not old-fashioned!

Friday, 19 August, 2022 - 8:38 am

A Bris is such a powerful covenant, yet the cry of the baby can be so distressing. A father and mother who were gifted with a newborn son are asked by G-d to have that child circumcised at eight-days-old. This week our Shul merited a Bris. Rabbi Nachman Kreiman, a Mohel from Los Angeles, flew to Bozeman to circumcise the newborn son of Nate and Rachel, a wonderful young couple in our community. It wasn’t a forty-five-minute surgery with anesthesia, but rather a ninety second holy Mitzvah connecting Zev Michoel with three millennia of Torah observance and Abrahamic tradition. What a fortunate baby.

In this week’s Torah portion, Eikev, we read about the secularization of society and the red flags that flash when a nation is heading in the wrong direction. “Beware” says the Torah, “that you do not forget the Lord, your God, by not keeping His commandments…Lest you eat and be sated, and build good houses and dwell therein, and your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold increase…and your heart grows haughty, and you forget the Lord, your God, Who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage”. When we are blessed with an abundance and living in the “land of the free”, we can’t forget who blessed us. We would be wise to do what G-d asks of us, even if we need to cry a bit, or hear our baby cry, in the process. Remembering G-d in the good times, keeps the good times coming.  

I stand in awe of parents like Nate and Rachel. They could’ve easily joined the “hip” bandwagon of those who dismiss tradition and find new-age options for “doing Judaism”. Who could even judge a young couple for making a choice that fits with the modern philosophies and gets them more brownie points in today’s “highfalutin” circles? Yet, they made the choice thinking of only one thing: Their child’s relationship with G-d, those who came before him, those who lived and died as Jews in the European Shtetel and the North African villages, and doing right because it’s right, no questions asked. It may not always be convenient to do the right thing, but it sure feels good on the inside, where our soul talks to our heart and mind and shows us inner clarity.

G-d isn’t old-fashioned, and paganism isn’t a modern-day invention!








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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