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Batman or Superman?

Thursday, 11 October, 2018 - 3:17 pm

This week, while attending Menny’s martial arts class, I listened in, as his sensei Robin explained to the children the difference between Batman and Superman. Though Batman and Superman both help people in their time of need, Batman only lives as a superhero when wearing his bat-suit, otherwise he’s just Bruce Wayne roaming Gotham. Superman, on the other hand, is Clark Kent 24/7, a unique world-saving Kryptonite who is ready to do what’s right with, or without, his cape. The sensei told the kids that they need to choose whether to be Batman or Superman, to only behave with the proper discipline while wearing their uniforms or will they choose to be Clark Kent and live with this discipline at home, school and wherever life takes them.

In this week’s Torah portion, Noach, we read about a young fellow Abram, who was a great grandson of Shem, Noach’s oldest and most righteous son. Abram is accredited with re-introducing monotheism into a world that had shifted away from it for way too long.  Once Abram deduced that there must be a Creator, he internalizes it and launches a lifelong campaign to move the world away from paganism and closer to Hashem. He starts internally with the homes of his father Terach and grandfather Nachor, ridding them of all idols and once he starts, he can’t stop. Wherever he goes, he’s a de-facto Lubavitcher, seeking to sell G-d to anyone who will listen. From those who ate in his home to those he’d meet in his travels, from King Nimrod who considered himself a god and was a self-proclaimed “atheist”, to his nephew Lot, a kid that he raised but was off the beaten path; he never stopped being the superman who will fight for what’s right.

It was tough. Aside from his wife Sarah and a few friends, he was doing his outreach solo, with everyone else on planet earth in the opposition. Yet, with determination and a deep recognition that we change the world through individuals, he pulled it off. He didn’t act like Abram only during business hours, he didn’t wear his Yarmulke only when he was in Flatbush, he didn’t change his morals when he was on vacation; Abram was Abram through and through, authentic, genuine and unwavering. When G-d realized that humanity was now gifted with a holy warrior, He changed his name from Abram, High Father, to Abraham, Father of Multitudes, earning that elated title, for which he’s recognized until today.   

Batman types aren’t bad, but superman style is the way to go!

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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