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Hemingway was right!

Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 11:00 pm

On Sunday, with a dry break from the rain/snow; fifty of us gathered at The Shul yard to celebrate Lag B’Omer & Mother’s Day (See Pictures). We reflected on the lives of two exceptional sages: Rav Akivah and his student Rav Shimon Bar Yochai. While they had different life experiences, they each contributed true love to the world. Rav Akivah personified the essence of Ahavat Yisroel, the unity of our people and a boundless love of humanity, while Rav Shimon tapped into the the essence of Ahavat HaTorah, a love for Torah and all its four dimensions, including the mystical. These loves, coupled with a subsequent love for our Creator, gave them constant trust in G-d and an incessant hope for a better tomorrow.

This week’s double Torah portion, Behar-Bechukotai, discusses the Sabbatical year. After six labor-intense years of agricultural work in the Holy Land, G-d commands that the seventh year be toil-free. The land is considered ownerless, open to all for sustenance, with no sowing, plowing, watering or any other field related dealings permitted. G-d forewarns “and if you should say, "What will we eat in the seventh year? We will not sow, and we will not gather in our produce!"Know then, that I will command My blessing for you in the sixth year, and it will yield produce for three years.”

In G-d We Trust.

The holy Rebbe, Reb Meilach of Lizhensk explains that the flow of blessing from G-d to His people is naturally uninterrupted, unless of course, we choose to stop the current. The moment a Jew pauses and says “What will we eat in the seventh year”, the question in itself creates an obstruction in the energy flow that was heading our way. In turn Hashem needs to restart the engine of blessing “I will command my blessing”. Why disturb G-d, asks Reb Meilach, with our foolish trust issues, if we can just let Him do what’s best for us as He always does?. As I read these powerful words, I started imagining what G-d is probably saying when I reach out: “Oh, Chaim, that Bozeman Rabbi, is questioning me again, why doesn’t he just trust me? I’ve always come through for him? Oh well, I guess I can push more blessings his way, but I wish he wasn’t so difficult and doubtful.

Hemingway wrote “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them”. G-d would like that too! 

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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