Friday, September 19, 2014

Parashiot Nitzavim-Vayelech Text Message

We read a very interesting verse in the first portion this week.

Deuteronomy 29:14-15:  "It is not with you alone that I am making this sworn covenant,  but with whoever is standing here with us today before the Lord our G-d, and with whoever is not here with us today".
One of the most important, if not the most important, differences between Judaism and other monotheistic religions is that G-d's revelation happened to an entire nation, not just to one person.
There is a beautiful story about a Hippie in the 60's who was walking in Central Park. He met a Hassidic person and he smiled at the Hasid and greeted him with a Shalom. The Chasid answered: Shalom, do we know each other? The Hippie smiled and said: I guess so. The Chasid smiled back and said: Oh yes, we know each other from Sinai... It was very crowded there but now I think I remember you.

The covenant with the Jewish people happened in Sinai and we all were there.    
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L

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