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Don't Make Him Blush!

Thursday, 3 May, 2018 - 11:04 pm

Hineh Mah Tov Umah Na'im Shevet Achim Gam Yachad – How pleasant it is indeed when our Jewish family celebrates together. Last night over fifty joined together at The Shul for our 12th annual Lag B’Omer BBQ and Fun Fair. It was incredible to see brothers and sisters of all flavors gathered to celebrate the teachings of love and respect imbued in our Jewish psyche by the great Rabbi Akivah and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Loving G-d, His Torah and His people are the trio of Jewish interconnectedness.  If the love is genuine then we naturally love that which our beloved loves. If the love is legit, it will permeate all three.

In this week’s Torah portion, Emor, we read “You shall not desecrate My Holy Name. I shall be sanctified amidst the children of Israel. I am the Lord Who sanctifies you”. It’s a Mitzvah that expresses itself both in the positive and negative. We are prohibited from doing something that will desecrate G-d’s reputation amongst humanity and we are obligated to do everything in our power to bring honor to His Holy Name. it’s not enough to teach our children the laws of the land, interhuman etiquette and proper manners, we must also teach them that, as Jews, we have the responsibility to make G-d look good. You may not be happy about the accountability, but it was gifted to us at Sinai and is not negotiable.

As I watched the young Kinderlach jumping on the moon bounce, petting the animals and riding the pony, what I saw was a group of young souls whose parents realized that when a child learns about the great sages of the Talmudic era, it will inevitably help guide them to live a more G-d oriented life. No, I’m not delusional, I don’t think one Lag B’Omer celebration is going to make it or break it, but I do know that the more we teach our children the Torah’s eternal values, the more they will bring honor to G-d, to our people Israel and to all of humanity. It’s ok to tell ourselves and our kids “I can’t do this because it will make our people look bad” or even better “I want to take the high road, the higher standard, because I’m Jewish and more is expected of me”.

Don’t make G-d blush!

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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