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How's your vision?

Friday, 5 May, 2017 - 8:40 am

I’ve read that “children and drunks always speak the truth”. Menny turned four this week and Chavie asked him what he’d like for his birthday. His response was epic, spoken like a native Montanan, straight from the heart “I want to go on a birthday hike with the whole family, but Mommy, you can't come because you have to cook my cake”. Indeed, on Sunday morning, after Mishna and Mysticism, we headed over to Pete’s Hill where he rode his bike and the rest of us hiked along. It was special and I hope we can hike our valley a lot more this summer.

Let’s talk truth.

In this week’s double Torah portion, Acharei-Kedoshim, which is also the Yom Kippur reading, we are commanded “Like the practice of the land of Egypt, in which you dwelled, you shall not do, and like the practice of the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you, you shall not do, and you shall not follow their statutes.” The holy Sfas Emes of Gur teaches that this is a general rule: “Don’t eat like them, sleep like them, talk like them, live like them. Sometimes we learn truths by studying the liar”. The culture of Egypt, Canaan and other unholy societies are attractive, impressive and even seductive, but should remain absolutely foreign to the Jew.

This is perhaps why the verse states “In which you dwelled”. It’s a subtle aide-mémoire to Jewry, when they feel the urge to follow the “Egyptians”, the longing to be “like everyone else”; they should remember that the perversion, they witnessed, didn’t last, as even the mighty Egyptian Empire, disbanded into oblivion.  Yes, choosing to be faithful to G-d, to humanity, to our wives and children, to our business partners, isn’t always easy, but it ends well. My Bubbe Esther always told me “You pay cheap, you get cheap”. When you invest in a healthy life, it pays off, with benefits that are reaped for generations.

Don’t be shortsighted!

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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