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A match made with heaven!

Thursday, 28 May, 2020 - 8:41 am

On Monday we hiked up to the M and enjoyed the breathtaking views. The Tobacco Roots to my right, Big Sky at the center and, I’m guessing, the Gallatin Range to my left; I envisioned Sinai. Two million or so recently liberated Jews, are standing near a small mountain and G-d offers them His love, His wisdom and Himself. They aren’t certain about all the details of his offer, but like in any good marriage, it felt right at the moment, so we accepted His proposal and the details came later. It was a match made in heaven, but also with heaven.

The primary name of the holiday is Shavuot, which means three things: 1) Weeks – having just counted seven weeks from Passover to Shavuot. 2) Satiated – as the Divine wisdom gives the world its core sustenance. 3) Oaths – the marriage vows of the Jewish people and G-d at their Sinai marriage. For me, number 3 is key: G-d accepted us at Sinai to be His love forever, despite our royal failures. On April 11th, 1944, Anne Frank wrote: It is G-d that has made us as we are, but it will be G-d too who will raise us up again. If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example. Who knows, it might even be our religion from which the world and peoples learn good.

Yet, the oath is a two-way street. Sure, He loves us no matter what, but we love Him too, even amid our indiscretions. The Pintele Yid, the essence of the Jewish soul, is aflame even when externally it may seem at times totally extinguished. I meet all types of Jews, “I’m a cultural Jew”, “I’m not into the religion rabbi but I will fight against anti-Semites 24/7”, “I don’t like the Israeli politicians but Israel my land”, “I don’t like much of Leviticus but I love reading the stories in Genesis”, “Judaism is nice but not modern enough”. Every Jewish soul that ever lived was at Sinai, and it is for that reason that hate G-d or love Him, live by His Torah or don’t, wake up feeling Jewish or not, we don’t know how to ignore G-d, because we can't ignore our spouse.

We honor our vows!

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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