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Take a Sabbatical!

Friday, 15 May, 2020 - 8:00 am

While Covid-19 has made our lives vastly different, some of those differences are quite positive. Sunday morning ten women join on Zoom for Chavie’s Tanya class and meditation, later that day, sixty eight friends from around the state join together for a collective Montana Zoom discussion in which Mrs. Rivkah Slonim discussed “Unorthodox”, on Monday I spoke for a Brooklyn girls high school about living life meaningfully despite the occasional challenge, on Wednesday I gave my weekly Parsha class and later spoke for the Jewish community of North Ranch and Santa Clarita California, on Thursday Chavie joined tens of relatives for a Zoom Shloshim memorial for her Zaidy and every morning this week we’ve had our LIVE morning inspiration.

 

Covid-19 is forcing us to be more connected, more inspired.

In this week’s double Torah portion, Behar-Bechukotai, we read about the Shemitah year. At the end of each six-year cycle in which the land of Israel is worked by its citizens to produce sustenance, we are obligated to take a break. No sowing, plowing, pruning or planting; we are simply expected to place our full trust in Almighty G-d. He assures us that He will “command His blessing” to give us everything we need to thrive during this Shemitah experience, but He knows that for us to accept His promise, instinctively, takes a deep realization that the world has only one boss and it’s Hashem.

This current epidemic is one way in which G-d asks us to trust Him. So many of us have lost jobs, have had a reduction in pay, have been furloughed, own a company whose survival is questionable and are experiencing anxiety about the length of this reality and how it will finally end. I get it, I too have a family to feed (It’s incredible how much children can eat in a day) and I too don’t know exactly how this will play out, but I have no choice but to implement the Sabbatical year standard: recognize that the ultimate sustainer of man is super capable of ensuring we are all taken care of, as He’s done this for a very long time with great success, I may add.

In the words of King David “for him who trusts in the Lord- kindness will encompass him.”

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

 

 

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