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Moses & Associates!

Friday, 12 June, 2020 - 7:59 am

Chavie and I can’t go it alone. Making decisions for our Shul, for our beautiful community, especially during a pandemic, is overwhelming. We are blessed to have a Chabad Advisory Board in Bozeman, made-up of men and women who for eleven years have been working together for Chabad’s success. Sitting with them a week ago, discussing our options for re-opening our Shul building and the summer plans, we realized how truly blessed we are doing this as team. Each member gives their input, different points of view are shared, and when it’s all done you feel understood, supported, and have deep gratitude for the people who are there for you 24/7 to ensure that it gets done right.

It genuinely takes a village.

In this week’s Torah portion, Behaalotecha, we read of the Jewish people’s complaints to Moses about the food conditions in the desert. Moses tell the Almighty “Alone I cannot carry this entire people for it is too hard for me. If this is the way You treat me, please kill me..." In response, G-d instructs Moses to choose “seventy elders”, the same individuals who served selflessly as officers while in Egypt and were now appointed co-CEO’s with Moses. In G-d’s words “and I will increase the spirit that is upon you and bestow it upon them. Then they will bear the burden of the people with you so that you need not bear it alone.” It was an amazing lesson in delegating, one first taught to Moses by his father in law Jethro and now again when he Kvetched to G-d about his lot in life.

It is said, “you can do anything, but not everything”. It is true; only a fool or arrogant soul believes that they can go it alone. Delegating isn’t easy; we have to be vulnerable, recognizing our vincibility and open to the style/ideas of others, but the results of delegating are incredible. Phil Jackson once said, “Good teams become great ones, when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We”. I’m sure Moses would’ve liked to lead all by himself, but G-d taught him that when we are feeling lost or swamped, bringing in your friends, teammates, supporters and working it together changes everything for the better.

In the words of king Solomon “Two are better than one”!

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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