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When Jewry went camping!

Friday, 22 May, 2020 - 7:57 am

There's a first for everything. Chavie and I, along with the four younger kiddos, hit the road for our first ever RV road trip. We visited Missoula, Kalispell, Big Fork and Helena and enjoyed so much of Montana's beauty from a thirty-foot home on wheels. Learning to make a fire, emptying the black/grey water, staying at KOA's/Campgrounds, Zooming Torah classes from park benches, biking in State Parks; all of it was part of the experience. It was out of my comfort zone, but truth be told, I can't wait to do it again sometime soon. It was good for me to let go a bit of the "me" syndrome and get a good taste of what "not me" can offer. 

In this week's Torah portion, Bamidbar, first in the book of Numbers, we read about the life and encampments of the Jewish people during their forty-year journey in the desert, living outside of their comfort zone. Life in Egypt was no picnic, but the harshness was coupled with stability.  They had food, dwelling, laundering, and basic life amenities; they were in decent shape. Now they enter a barren desert, an unknown place that is uninhabited and certainly an "odd" place to raise a family and build a nation. It is there that G-d wanted their foundation to be structured and solidified. Though they did indeed have Manna, clouds of glory, a miraculous well of Miriam; they didn’t have the cushion of permanence and every day demanded of them to live in the moment and hope for G-d's protection, sustenance and salvation. 

Spending five days in an RV, a place that is certainly more vulnerable than our home, was good for me. When the wind shook the RV a bit I was concerned, when it rained I could hear every drop, when I left a light on the battery died, when I needed to reverse it was more complicated than my car; all of it made life more adventurous, real and fun. It seems like the risk and susceptibility in the unknown creates more excitement, a dose of which we could all use just about now.

"Do" time in the wilderness; it will rejuvenate you!

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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