Rhinebeck Jewish Center
We are happy to be back home after the minor fire in front of the RJC. Please join us for Minyan this Shabbat followed by a delicious Kiddush!
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Hanoch and Tzivie Hecht
These are the journeys of the children of Israel going out of the land of Mitzrayim (Egypt)… (33:1)
It would seem that there was only journey which took the Jewish nation out of Egypt–their journey from Raamses to Sukkot. The other “journeys” listed in our Parshah were between points outside of the geographical borders of Egypt. Why, then, does the Torah speak of “the journeys” — in the plural — “of the children of Israel going out of the land of “?
, the Hebrew word for “Egypt,” means “borders” and “narrows.” On the spiritual level, the journey from Egypt is a journey from the boundaries that limit us–an Exodus from the narrow straits of habit, convention and ego to the “good broad land” of the infinite potential of our G-dly soul.
And the journey from is a perpetual one: what is expansive and uninhibited by yesterdays standards, is narrow and confining in light of the added wisdom and new possibilities of todays station. Thus, each of lifes “journeys” is an Exodus from the land of : having transcended yesterdays limitations, we must again journey from the that our present norm represents relative to our newly-uncovered potential.
(Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi)
There was this loving grandfather who always made a special effort to spend time with his son’s family on weekends. Every Saturday morning he would take his 7-year-old granddaughter out for a drive in the car for some quality time — just him and his granddaughter.
One particular Saturday, however, he had a bad cold and really didn’t feel like being up at all. He knew his granddaughter always looked forward to their drives and would be disappointed. Luckily, his wife came to the rescue and said that she would take their granddaughter for the drive.
When they returned, the little girl anxiously ran upstairs to see her grandfather who was still in bed. “Well, did you enjoy your ride with grandma?” he asked. “Oh, yes, PapPap, it was really wonderful. We didn’t see a single idiot, blind bastard, moron or son of a **** anywhere we went!”
Moshiach and the Future Redemption
This is the underlying reason why over the course of the centuries our nation has been scattered to the four corners of the earth. The “sparks” of holiness embedded in creation were dispersed throughout the globe, necessitating a Jew to make a blessing over a cup of water in Shanghai, to put up a in Uzbekistan, and use waters in Johannesburg as a Mikvah.
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