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A Love Affair!

Friday, 12 February, 2016 - 9:46 am

While I’m no historian and certainly not an expert on Christianity, it seems pretty clear that Valentine’s Day, as celebrated in the United States and United Kingdom, has nothing to do with St. Valentine and has everything to do with love, romanticism and capitalism. In our country, about 190 million Valentine's Day cards are sent and that doesn’t include school children exchanging cards. Yes, as Jews we believe in strengthening our loving marriages with flowers, gifts and chocolates as often as possible, but it’s probably not a bad idea to educate society, even if only once a year, about the beauty and sacredness embedded in true love.

This week’s portion, Terumah, discusses the building of the first Tabernacle, The Mishkan. It was a place for the Jewish people, the collective bride, to bond with their groom, Almighty G-d. Every healthy relationship has ups and downs, moments of stress and many moments of bliss and this one was no different. Like newlyweds in a small rented apartment, their first home, the Tabernacle, was where the journey began. It took a while (about five hundred years) for things to fall into place and finally, (thanks to David & Solomon, Inc.) they build their dream home on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. After a few years (a few hundred, to be exact), the wife has multiple extramarital affairs, the home falls apart, the husband needs time to rethink this relationship, while his wife finds temporary shelter in a neighboring State.

The heavenly husband is lonely and saddened by his wife’s vulnerability, so He gives her the opportunity to come home. She hires the finest architects and rebuilds the home even more magnificent than before. The husband, who was really burned by her previous actions, takes a few of the most meaningful pieces of furniture, like the Ark and Showbread, and places them in long term storage, waiting for the right time for them to enhance the healing relationship. The marriage blossoms for a while, but the wife drops the ball again and although they don’t divorce, they do they separate and evil squatters ruin the home. Our husband in His infinite and eternal kindness sends us to boot camp therapy, where we are shamed, broken, weak, and feel pretty hopeless; it forces us to yearn for the love of old and our eternal lover. A final permanent home awaits us; when we finally reunite.

He never forgets His first love, we shouldn’t either!

 

 

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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