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Joy Baby, Joy!

Thursday, 11 April, 2019 - 10:05 pm

While Chavie was away enjoying Mexico, our friend Linda, took the kids and I, on Sunday, to a goat farm in Manhattan (Manhattan, Montana that is). It was extremely windy, but the kids, unlike their father, were unfazed. For them, holding goats/chickens, brushing the horse’s mane, learning about the newborn triplet lambs and bringing home 6 dozen fresh eggs, was so joyous, so special, that the forty mile an hour winds didn’t get in the way of their happiness. Me on the other hand…

In this week’s Torah portion, Metzora, we continue learning the details of the spiritual-leprosy that plagued the home/clothing/skin of a gossiper. The Holy Rav Moshe Alschich, a 16th century Torah commentator, writes that when the Torah uses the word “Vehaya”, which it uses with a Metzora, it always means “Simcha” which is joy. A joyous plague? Indeed! When a Jew is beleaguered, conventional wisdom says to whine or Kvetch, but the Jew shouldn’t, rather he/she should be joyous that their Father in Heaven cares so much about them that He personally sets them straight with a touch of challenge. It's not fun or exciting, but either is a colonoscopy; it’s Hashem’s way of helping our tomorrow be healthier than today and for that joy is in order.

In a 1955 Farbrengen, the Rebbe of blessed memory shared a thought taught by a student of the great Lubliner: King David says in Psalms “then they will say among the nations, The Lord has done great things with these. The Lord has done great things with us; we were happy”. Normally, this verse is translated to mean that “because G-d has redeemed us, we are happy”. Yet, it can be understood differently, teaching us that “when the world will be trying to figure out how the Jews survived and reached redemption? How did they earn a Messianic moment? the will discover that it was because they were always joyous, no matter the harsh reality they experienced”. Our kids bike in the snow, love turbulence on planes and hang with goats when it’s tornado-ing outside, they find joy in everything; let's try to do the same. 

Lebedeik!  

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

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