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Thanks to a friend and colleague, Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky, I learned of a wonderful new book entitled #Parasha by Sivan Rahav-Mer, an Israeli journalist. I will like to share with you one of her insights in this week’s Parashah, Pinchas.
“Korach’s sons, however, did not die.” (Numbers 26:11) This short verse is one of the most optimistic ones in the Torah, surprising us with the news that’s sons are alive and well. Korach had led an aggressive uprising against Moses, attracting many followers, which was quashed when the earth opened up and swallowed them alive. Korach, his family, and followers all died in this tragic end to the rebellion. Or so we thought. Rashi tells us that at the last minute, as they were about to die, Korach’s sons had a change of heart and “during the dispute they contemplated repentance." At the 11th hour, they realize what a terrible mistake the father had made and decided to abandon the rebellion, saving their lives.
“What a message of hope for us! Even when all seems lost, we can still change course. Even if we have erred, it is never too late to rethink our path in life. It takes a lot of courage to announce our mistakes and our intention to mend our ways, but it can be done. We can go against our surroundings, and our family, we can stand up to a charismatic father, even when the battle has already begun. Just look at Korach’s sons. They did it and did not die.” (Page 246)
We read at the very conclusion of this Torah portion the holiday cycle including Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as another reminder is not too early to think about the changes we want to make in our lives to become the people we truly want to be. To paraphrase a popular advertisement, “Change now and avoid the holiday rush!”
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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In the community!
Happy Fourth of July!
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,