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Friday, 1 January, 2016 - 9:16 am

I just arrived back home after spending time on the east coast, raising awareness and funds for Montana’s Center for Jewish Life and Learning. Sweet people from all backgrounds and lifestyles, who know Montana and love what we are doing, are rising to the challenge to build a home for Judaism in Big Sky Country. Coming home is always special; there is truly nothing like it. When the flight attendant announces “Welcome to Bozeman”, it makes me feel good inside. As much as I love fine Kosher dining and Minyan’s three times a day, home is home is home.

In this week’s Torah portion, Shemot, the first in the book of Exodus, we read about Pharaoh enslaving Jewry in Egypt. As children of Jacob and his wives, grandchildren of Isaac and Rebecca and great grandchildren of Abraham and Sarah, the natural home of these twelve tribal families was in their homeland Israel. They traveled to Egypt, upon Joseph’s recommendation, to survive the famine, but were naturally experiencing the negative effects of living in exile. No matter how many years passed, they never ceased yearning for a time when they can leave the spiritual cesspool of Egyptian culture and head back to their land that was a haven of spirituality.

Exile is not only a physical predicament, it’s mental as well. For the G-d fearing Jew and Noahide being strongly connected to the moral compass of Torah is natural. When we are exiled from our G-dly home, when we succumb to the depraved internal voices that beg us to be “Independent” of G-d, our soul begins to yearn for its spiritual sanity while hoping for the day we can land back in our “peaceful Bozeman”, a place where G-d speaks louder than voices of negativity and self-indulgence.

Come home to your soul!


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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