Strong, smart and brave!

Friday, 5 March, 2021 - 8:25 am

After the miraculous purchase of our new Chabad Center, I traveled to New York for fourteen short hours to visit the Rebbe’s resting place and say thank you for the inspiration he gives me and Chavie daily, the trust he has placed in us as spiritual leaders, and the blessings he bestowed upon our community with this acquisition. As I awaited my flight back from LaGuardia at the wee hours of Tuesday morning, I wrapped myself in my Talis and Tefillin and Davened as the sun was rising over the city that never sleeps. There is something really special about being Jewish and doing Judaism in public and standing alone with G-d like Abraham and Sarah

In this week’s Torah portion, Ki-Tisa, we read about the sin of all sins, the formation of, and service to, a golden calf. Hur, the honorable son of Miriam and Caleb and nephew of Moses and Aaron, is asked to join, even lead, the G-dless resistance movement. He refuses and, instead, condemns their forbidden behavior that included the cardinal sins of adultery and idolatry, and so they murder him, adding bloodshed to their list of “good deeds”. Hur didn’t sugarcoat it for them, he didn’t play along; he knew that his allegiance is to G-d, G-d only, and though the peer pressure was real, he stood alone at that moment defending Hashem and His Torah.

It is said “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it”. Being a Hur isn’t easy, living life authentically won’t always garner loving acceptance, and withstanding peer pressure is really hard, especially if the pressuring peers are your friends and loved ones, but character is built, and self-awareness is created, when we know our soul and live by its conviction. I was pleasantly uplifted the other week when I saw Marc, a recent transplant to Bozeman, walking on Main Street with a Yarmulke, it warmed my heart. Being one of a few doesn’t make you weird, just devoted.

Be like Marc; sticking out like a healthy Jew, not a sore thumb!

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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