Numbers ^ 30:2-36:13
Friday, July 13 Candle Lighting time 8:08 p.m.
I grew up in the rebellious 1960s and early 1970s. I rebelled too, but unlike many of my friends instead of becoming a hippie, I became more observant. I began attending my synagogue’s Shabbat morning service regularly. The Cantor even enlisted me into his youth choir, not because I could sing any better back then, but I was of one of the few students who hardly missed a service! My journey into Yiddishkeit has continued to this very day. I continue to grow in wisdom and faith. Unlike the song, it hasn’t has “been a long and strange journey.”
In the second half of this week’s Torah reading Mattot-Masei, the Torah records the Israelites journey after leaving Egypt and before entering the Promised Land. “Rashi, citing Moses ha-Darshan calculates that, if we omit the first and last years when the Israelites were constantly on the move, there were only 20 stations during 38 years. It is wrong to think of Israel is constantly on the march …” (Rtz Hayyim commentary below the line, page 945 )
Certainly “a journey” describes life in this world. Just like our ancestors when they traveled through the wilderness, we encounter mountains and valleys, rivers and plains, crowded highways and lonely roads—highs and lows, joys and sorrows, conflict and loss, heartache and solitude on the way. We can’t see the road ahead, so we must take it as it comes, not as we wish it would be.
We never have to face this journey alone. The Scriptures remind us of the constant presence of God. There is nowhere we can go that He is not there (Ps. 139:7–12). He will never leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6).
The challenges and opportunities we face on our journey can be met confidently, for God has promised us His never-failing presence.
PS We are trying restart our Friday night Kabbalat service at 7 PM. We successfully have had services the first two weeks of June. We would like to keep the momentum going throughout the summer. We have several members saying Kaddish and would appreciate the opportunity to do so here at Marathon. If you're willing to help us make a minyan this Friday night, please contact me either by phone or by email.
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Save the Date!
In the community!
Monday, July 16 at 7:30 PM, Congregation L'Dor V'Dor presents who a community lecture featuring Rabbi shalom Hammer on the topic of engaging with Israel as an American Jew. Rabbi Hammer serves as a senior lecturer for the Jewish identity branch of the IDF, is a contributing editor for the Jerusalem Post, and founder and director of Makom Meshutaf an organization which advocates tolerance and unity between the religious and secular Jews in Israel through educational programs,