Lost and Found!

Friday, 9 September, 2022 - 9:44 am

Five kids, two dogs, an open home, a phone that never stops buzzing; not a recipe for quiet. On Tuesday, I wanted to catch up on my Talmud studies, so I turned on “Do Not Disturb”, left my phone upstairs, and spent 45 minutes engrossed in unadulterated Torah wisdom in the tractate of Kesubos. It was so nice, so tranquil, so soul-calming, I hope to choose more and more moments of spiritual self-care, giving my soul and body what they need to be one with our Creator, giving me alone time with myself.  

In this week’s Torah portion, Ki-Seitzei, we read about the obligation of Hashovas Aveida, returning a lost object to its righteous owner. In Chassidic thought we are taught that the obligation is not only for physical objects that are found in a public domain, but it’s spiritual as well, giving back to our fellow Jew that which is rightfully theirs, their soulful connection with G-d that may have been misplaced. When I read this teaching from the Belzer Rav, I couldn’t help but ponder how this applies to us too. When we feel lost, when we can’t find ourselves, it’s obligatory to lift ourselves up, taking the time to bring ourselves back home and to celebrate the lost self that has finally been found.

During the month of Elul, all through the holiday of Sukkos, we recite Psalm 27 twice a day. In it, King David expresses his inner yearning “One thing I ask of the Lord, that I seek-that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to see the pleasantness of the Lord and to visit His Temple every morning.” He wasn’t seeking another “like” or “share”, he wasn’t pursuing “popularity”, he wasn’t even hoping for a “reward” for his holy wars on behalf of Hashem, he just wanted to have some time with G-d. He sought for his soul to feel at peace with its Creator, and this is a wish, I believe, we can all relate to, big time.

Dear G-d, I’m coming home, please don’t ever let go of me!

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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