Menny & Chaya were sad!

Thursday, 15 September, 2022 - 8:36 pm

Earlier this week, we partnered with the MSU Leadership Institute and brought an awe-inspiring film “Three Minutes – A Lengthening” to the Procrastinator Theater. During the Q&A panel at which I presented together with Marnie from the JSA, we discussed aspects of the film that spoke to our hearts. To me, seeing the Shtetel in color, in 1938, gave me goosebumps, thinking of my Zayde Shimon’s childhood in Poland from his birth in 1926 until his escape. I was gratified that Chaya and Menny watched the film beside me, despite moments of deep sadness; they need to know.

In this week’s Torah portion, Ki Savo, we read about Bikkurim, the gift of first fruit. When a Jew brings those precious fruits to the Temple and gives them to the priest, he proclaims “ an Aramean sought to destroy my forefather, and he went down to Egypt and sojourned…and there, he became a great, mighty, and numerous nation. and the Egyptians treated us cruelly and afflicted us, and they imposed hard labor upon us. So we cried out to the Lord... And the Lord brought us out from Egypt with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm...And He brought us to this place, and He gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. And now, behold, I have brought the first of the fruit of the ground which you, O Lord, have given to me."

This awareness is crucial. 

It’s hard to appreciate our life’s blessings, if not placed in the context of what came before us, both collectively and individually. I got a bit uncomfortable for Menny to hear about the trains to the death camps, but if I don’t teach him, who will? if he doesn’t know, he won’t appreciate the freedom, that we take so often for granted. Wearing a Yarmulke has more meaning when you know we couldn’t always do that with ease. Keeping Kosher is super special when we realize how Jews starved just eighty years ago. Modesty is meaningful when you see the same modesty observed in a film from 1938. History is being forgotten by too many and it’s on us to ensure it’s remembered.

Thank you Hashem!

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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