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Sinai was Romantic!

Friday, 18 May, 2018 - 9:46 am

On Tuesday, Chavie hosted a wonderful pre-Shavuot women’s event at Labellum Flower Boutique, where they learned how to make their very own flower arrangements. It’s important: 3,330 years ago at the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, G-d beautified the mountain with a wide array of flowers. To commemorate that special moment, we beautify our homes and Synagogues with flowers of all sorts during the two-day Festival of Weeks, Shavuot.

Why flowers? Does G-d need flowers to make Him happy?

I believe He was sending us a subtle message about how He views our relationship with Him.

Too often I chat with fellow Jews who are, genuinely, trying to understand Torah based on the premise that secular thought is absolute truth. We need to switch that around: Torah is not an archaic set of rules, but rather a flowery wisdom that is fragrant, deep, beautiful, appealing and even romantic. It’s this special document that has been kept in the family for millennia, and we, the Jewish people of the 21stcentury, have the opportunity to keep its authentic observance alive for ourselves and the future of Jewry. Let  our premise of truth be the Torah, the Sinai guidelines, and then we can utilize our intellect to match the infinite wisdom with secularism. Ask yourself "Is my kid an expert in Shakespeare?" Maybe not, but I hope that he/she is well versed in Genesis. "What do I know about Hinduism?" Not much, but I’ve got the Mishna on the laws of real estate memorized. "Did my Shtetel parents teach me Darwinism?" Not a chance, but they sure did teach me to appreciate the significance of Eretz Yisroel in Jewish observance.

Secular studies aren’t bad, but life’s foundation comes from a much higher place.

This Sunday, as you stand in Shul listening to the Big Ten, the Ten Declarations uttered by G-d (not Charlton Heston), think about what actually matters in your life. Does Hollywood gossip, D.C. politics or the Korean Peninsula matter as much as Rav Yosef’s 2nd century feelings about the novelty of Shavuot "If not for this day that allowed me to learn Torah and become spiritually exalted, how many Yosefs are there in the market", 12th century Maimonides' writing about holidays “When a person eats and drinks as part of celebrating a holiday, they are obligated to feed "the stranger, the orphan, and the widow” and the 20th century words of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe who wrote that a “ single act is better than a thousand groans. Our G d lives, and Torah and Mitzvot are eternal; quit the groaning and work hard in actual service, and G d will be gracious to you.”.

Sinai is an invaluable currency; not susceptible to market fluctuation!

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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