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White collar, blue collar & arty!

Thursday, 24 October, 2019 - 9:51 pm

What an incredible holiday season! The meaningful moments of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah are forever etched in my mind and on my heart. So much life, so much upliftment, so much inspiration; I know that out of the thousands of Shuls the world over, Hashem gazed at the purity of the Bozeman joy, as we danced, sang and wished each other well with L’Chaim, and He hummed to Himself “My people are awesome, they really do get it, they deserve only revealed good”. An especially vivid moment for me was when our beautiful Chaya asked if she could shake the Lulav and Etrog with the women and girls in the Sukkah; it made my day.

Children need to actualize themselves.  

In this week’s Torah portion, Bereishis, the first in Genesis, we read about Adam, Eve, their sons and their many descendants. Among their offspring was a fellow named Lemech who, together with his two wives, had three sons and a daughter. The daughter, Na’ama, married Noah and together survived the great flood in the Ark. The sons, Yaval, a rancher, Yuval, an artist, and Tuval-Kayin, a craftsman, inherited grandpa Kayin’s ingenuity gene, using their G-d given talents to invent creatively. Rav Shamson Rafael Hirsch explains that our world needs businessmen such as ranchers, artists such as musicians and craftsman such as blacksmiths to each do their part in making our world a better place. It’s the combination of white collar, blue collar and arty individuals that give our communities a healthy balance.

As the first portion of Moses’ Five Books, Bereishis lays the foundation for our behavior this coming year. G-d, the Creator, asks each of us to partner with Him in perfecting His imperfect world, by finding the Creator within every fiber of existence. If we ignore our talents and insight, our style and personality, then the G-dliness in those aspects of our lives will remain dormant and undiscovered. If we have a passion, if we have a drive, if we are gifted with a strong suit, we must ask ourself: Am I doing enough self-development? Am I using these incredible tools to enrich my spirituality and subsequently the world at large?  Lemech’s kids made the world better, each with their own special touch, Chavie and I hope the same for Chaya and all the kiddos.

In the words of Oscar Wilde “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”!


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


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