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Flossing a Soul!

Thursday, 25 February, 2016 - 6:11 pm

Yesterday, I had the great "honor" of visiting the dentist. While, thank G-d, it was just a standard cleaning, no other bonuses included, I had plenty of time to think during my hour or so on the dentist chair. As a parent I’m always reminding the kids to brush and floss, morning and night, because if you don't take care of your teeth now, you'll pay the price later in life. I guess, in a sense, it's an investment for the future.

In this week's Torah portion, Ki-Tisa, the Jews sin with a golden calf. Astonishing: it's just a short few months after the Egyptian Exodus and a few weeks after the gift of all gifts was delivered at Sinai. They are now collecting funds to successfully build a substitute for G-d, idolatry in all its glory. It’s clear that part of the reason for this erratic behavior may be associated with their state of mind as recently freed slaves. Sinai was the birth of a nation and in its infancy there was a great need for guidance, hand-holding and TLC, which is why Moses demanded forgiveness not punishment.

We often overlook the impact and importance of education. I don't mean just schooling but rather the things kids see, hear and absorb. The golden calf reminds us that without proper direction, our energies can be wasted on fruitless endeavors that confuse us and don’t do us any good. It's not easy to be a shining example for our children and community 24/7 but knowing that that the investment in these delicate souls, like the effort we place on their teeth’s wellness, goes a long way for generations to come, should make it worth our while.

Keeping our teeth and soul healthy!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Moshiach speedily. May He protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!! 

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