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Infusion of Chutzpah!

Friday, 19 October, 2018 - 7:59 am

David, a recent transplant to Bozeman, asked me if we could pull together a Minyan for his father’s Yahrtzait on the 6th of Cheshvan. Knowing that it would come a short time after the High Holiday season with non-stop Minyans, I was skeptical, but assured him we would give it our best shot. Thanks to the devoted souls in our amazing community, we did it, and he was able to say Kaddish for his dad on Sunday evening and Monday morning. It wasn’t easy for the guys to come over at 6:45 AM before sunrise, but they did, happily, because that’s what Jews do. The next day I was invited by a local family to upgrade the Divinity of their home, ensuring that every door in the entire home, not just the front door, had a Kosher Mezuzah as we’re instructed. It’s not cheap to buy twelve Mezuzot and to explain its significance to every gentile visiting your home, but if there’s a will, there’s a way.

In this week’s Torah portion, Lech-Lecha, we read about the sojourns of Abraham and Sarah. They are commanded to hit the road without a known destination, they encounter severe famine in Canaan, Sarah is held hostage by the Egyptian Pharaoh, Abraham is forced to fight with mighty kings to redeem his captured nephew Lot, he experiences a G-dly vision in which he’s foretold of his descendants enslavement, he and Sarah experience infertility, he marries Hagar and has a child Ishmael, and after all this G-d commands him with his first Mitzvah, to circumcise himself at the young age of ninety nine. Imagine (or perhaps don’t) what it would be like to be told to do this at this point in your life, and how despite its challenges, Abraham does it without hesitation.

We are the descendants of Abraham and Sarah and are to emulate them in every way possible. Judaism is fun, meaningful and spiritual and Torah is stimulating, insightful and authentic. Undoubtedly most of the time we can scream “S’Iz Gut Tzu Zain a Yid – It’s awesome being Jewish”. Yet, there are moments that, especially while living in rural America, it can be a bit tough, necessitating a bit more Chutzpah and resilience. This week taught me once again that we have it in us to go big. we could find excuses to be like Noah or Adam, to be like Eve or Na’ama, but we are the children of Abraham and Sarah and they set the tone for our higher standards.

Noah’s ark was nice, but Abraham/Sarah’s tent is where we belong!

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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