Parashat Acharei mot (After the death)
The text surprised us…
Leviticus 18:3 “You must not do things like they are done in the land of Egypt, where you used to live. And you must not do things like they are done in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you.”
So… If you are not supposed to do things like in Egypt or Canaan, you are supposed to do things like… in the desert - in the Midvar.
The desert was the place where we received the mitzvoth, where we formed as a people, where we built ourselves.
The Torah is telling us, keep building yourself every day. Do not think that the start or the end is what matters. What matters is the journey. As Antonio Machado says in his famous poem (in Spanish): Caminante no hay camino, se hace camino al andar. “Wayfarer, there is no way. Make your way by going farther.”
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L
Rabbi Fabian Werbin
Shabbat candles in Bethesda 7:48
Shabbat ends : 8:49