In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Prov.3;6 ב”ה
Shelach- Interpreting the Mission 5777
How are we supposed to know what Hashem wants for us to do? It is so much easier to make a way out. ‘I am too tired, just ten more minutes.’ ‘It is too hot, I’m staying home.’ ‘I need to unwind, just one more two hour movie.’ What will we miss? We are human beings, we have needs, we do need to recharge and reset. Yes, there can be a ‘fill’ of spirituality reached, of learning…when it becomes words rather than nourishment we take into ourselves. We have responsibilities and dependents. But we must remember we are also souls living inside of these human shells of bodies. Our soul’s require recharge, invigoration…this can come in it purest form only when we are in touch with our mission. When we properly interpret Hashem’s promptings. When we follow through with our commitments to Hashem and to one another. When we engage in prayer, open our being to study His life giving word, when we assemble together, when we become a community and Kingdom in Him here and now. We are vessels which require filling. But how do we know where to go, what to do, and when to exchange the physical preoccupations and obligations (which Hashem too desires us to heartily pursue) in accord with our daily requirement of essential spiritual nutrients?
Romans 12; 11 Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer. 13 Share with the saints who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but enjoy the company of the lowly. Do not be conceited.17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone.
Hebrews 10; 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
An intimate, personal relationship with Hashem, through “the Way”, Yeshua, is pronounced purpose for any believer. Oft forsaken is the vitality of the community. In a nation which thrives on immediate gratification it is easy to forget how much we rely on one another; how much we absorb all that which is around us (for better or worse). We tend to deny the imperative impression each being around us can make at any given moment (and all it can take is a matter of moments; a couple hours). In last week’s parasha of Shelach (שְׁלַח-לְךָ “send for yourself”) and this week of Korach (קֹרַח- the name which means “baldness, ice, hail, or frost,”) we witness the total collapse of reason among the community. We find panic and a mob mentality. We encounter rash planning, attempted overthrow, slander and divisiveness. In the midst of the narrative we find some of the most crucial and distinguishable commandments given. Let us practice as we are reading Bamidbar taking note of where the Laws are given and what is contained within them. As they break up the narrative, their location and that which surrounds them will help us gain insight into these ‘shadows of the heavenly’ order.
Bemidbar 13; 1The Lord spoke to Moses saying, 2″Send out for yourself men who will scout the Land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel. You shall send one man each for his father’s tribe; each one shall be a chieftain in their midst.” 3So Moses sent them from the desert of Paran by the word of the Lord. All of them were men of distinction; they were the heads of the children of Israel.
#8446 (v) תּוּר toor– to seek out, investigate, explore.
This is the word commonly translated as “spy out”. When we look into the contexts of this word we find the intended purpose of this ‘tour’ of the Land of Promise. Yes, through the rare occurrences of this Hebrew word in Torah we can discern a key factor in the pursuit of our mission for Hashem. The first and only place תּוּר is found in the Torah before its context and repetitions in parasha Shelach sets out for us the optimum operation of “seeking out”. This is by way of Hashem’s cloud, indicating to the people where they were to go, how long they were to stay, when they were to leave; the cloud was for them that shepherd’s crook to which His flock was completely obedient and magnificently attuned. They did not move unless He first indicated they should move. They did not haphazardly throw a blanket down and wait, they painstakingly set up camp first with the Aron Ha Kodesh and the Torah at its heart and center, Mishkan from the holy place outward (gold inside, gold outside, Holy of Holies the vital organ of the ‘body’), then the streamlined, precise, ordered camps each under their own distinct banner, boundary, place. The people pounded down stakes for Hashem even if their stay would be for but a matter of a couple hours. The cloud’s ‘exploration’ on behalf of the people of Hashem was for the effect that they would be right where He wanted them to be, for as long as He needed them to be there. To learn something, to help someone, to worship, to grow together as a Torah family.
Bamidbar 10:33 Thus they set out from the mount of the LORD three days’ journey, with the ark of the covenant of the LORD journeying in front of them for the three days, to seek out a resting place for them.
The next place this word is found is in context of a group of men who were hand selected. Not just because they happened to be ‘leaders’ of their tribes. These men were specified to do this job. They were men whom their tribe would hearken to and trust the testimony of. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons we will (b’ezrat Hashem) learn into, their mission was misinterpreted and they end up slandering the Promised Land and dispatching a surge of fatal panic into their community. The third context of תּוּר is in a passage of Law. One of the most meaningful commandments we still see today.
B’midbar 15: 38 “Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tsit tsit on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tsit tsit of each corner a cord of blue. 39 “It shall be a tsit tsit for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, so as to do them and not follow תָתֻרוּ after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot,40 so that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God. 41“I am the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt to be your God; I am the LORD your God.”
There are many beautiful meanings behind the tsit tsit (tassles worn at the four corners of a garment) are a physical reminder, the text itself in its plain meaning expresses that their purpose are to serve as reminders, which call to our attention the Torah and Hashem’s commandments as well as our commitment to Him (and His instructions.) They are meant to become a part of our garments, our identity. Indeed as Adam and Chavah were naked and ashamed, as the people became uncovered at the foot of Sinai when the calf was constructed, these tsit tsit come at a point in the Torah narrative when the people have doomed themselves by their own lashan (tongue) to a sentence of wandering 40 years in the wilderness. Why? Why now this law? This law is a “for your generations of descendants” commandment. Indicating its continuity, but how? Just as the cloud was their guide but also their ‘cover’ and protection from the harsh conditions of the wilderness existence…the cloud did the correct function of ‘seeking out’ these tsit tsit come to declare that no matter where on earth we may be must discharge and fulfill our mission for Hashem. Devarim 22:12 “You shall make yourself tsit tsit on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself. No matter the change in climate or natural conditions, no matter where or into what isolation we may migrate, (to all four corners of the earth!) we are to bear these reminders upon our bodies- we have one mission which remains constant no matter where we go. In every age, in every place. The Meraglim (“spies”) failed to discharge their mission, they misinterpreted the mission altogether. They openly defected from God’s plan for them and dragged the people along with them. This is indeed why tsit tsit and their expressed purpose are gifted at this time in the narrative: that you shall not go exploring after your own heart…and your own eyes (again, the “view”…the “look” of the fruit- like Chavah in the garden- became deceptive and men judged things through the physical ‘logical’ perspective; reasoning for themselves; making excuses to enter and take up Hashem’s mission).
The final Torah context for our word תּוּר is in Devarim perek aleph.
Devarim 1; 25“Then they took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and they brought us back a report and said, ‘It is a good land which the LORD our God is about to give us.’ 26“Yet you were not willing to go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God; 27and you grumbled in your tents and said, ‘Because the LORD hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us. 28‘Where can we go up? Our brethren have made our hearts melt, saying, “The people are bigger and taller than we; the cities are large and fortified to heaven. And besides, we saw the sons of the Anakim there.”’ 29“Then I said to you, ‘Do not be shocked, nor fear them. 30‘The LORD your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.’ 32“But for all this, you did not trust the LORD your God, 33 who goes before you on your way, to seek out a place for you to encamp, in fire by night and cloud by day, to show you the way in which you should go. 34“Then the LORD heard the sound of your words, and He was angry and took an oath, saying, 35‘Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to give your fathers…
The whole connotation of תּוּר when righteously applied is that ‘someone’ you can trust is going before you with your best interest in mind. Seeking out the very best for your life. The commandments, the Torah, the tsit tsit all remind us of our mission.
How are we supposed to know what Hashem wants for us to do?
He has given it to us in His word, His Torah; as we grasp the tsit tsit we remember to trust. We remind one another (as they see them covering us) we are a part of a greater mission here. We will not go by a circuitous route because we have the mission statement and map in our hands.
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Was the purpose of this “tour” of the Land meant to be like a ‘blind date’- to check out the land? To see what it is like? One may not find much success with blind dates if one is not looking for their soulmate. This Land of Israel is the soulmate of the Jewish people.
This was not meant to be a blind date, “Let me check it out and be objective and see if I like it or not. See if it’s really for me.” This was not meant to be a “spying” mission. This is why (ironically) the Hebrew word for “spy” is not found in this parasha.
Yeshayahu 62;1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning. 2 The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the LORD will designate. 3 You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4 It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,” Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”; but you will be called, “My delight is in her,” and your land, “Married”; for the LORD delights in you, and your land will be married. 5 For a young man marries a virgin, your sons will marry you; and the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, your God will rejoice over you.
“Perfect for you.” May not mean they’re perfect. To reach perfection in relationships you have to work on it. It takes effort to make the union ‘Holy’. Perfect is not easy, or even realistic. Perfect means that you bring your piece, they bring theirs…both parts imperfect. And together they have what you need to be whole, you have what they need to be whole.
Devarim 19; 22 “Then all of you approached me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, that they may search out the land for us, and bring back to us word of the way by which we should go up and the cities which we shall enter.’ 23 The thing pleased me and I took twelve of your men, one man for each tribe.
The people’s request and intention were different from Moshe’s perspective and intent for this mission. They were meant to go into erets Israel to fall in love. Moshe is like a matchmaker you trust. If God Himself was making a match for you and said, “This! Is the other half of your soul.” Would you respond, “Sorry Moshe, sorry God…she’s just a little too heavy.’ Or “I really appreciate it but I can’t live with a person who chews that loudly.”
Why would Moshe agree to send the people in at this point? They’re about to enter the Land. This is yet another example which shows us the people aren’t ready. A friend made a wonderful observation this Shabbat, these instructions would be good guidelines as to standards for a ‘Land of Promise Climate’ in our own lives. “Take note of the people around you, what kind of people are they? What about the ‘environment’ is it based upon Hashem and His glory or is it degrading and negative? Is there ‘good ground’ upon which to sow good seed? Are there trees? Is there fruit being produced?
Mark 4; 13 Then Yeshua said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some are like the seeds along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others are like the seeds sown on rocky places. They hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But they themselves have no root, and they remain for only a season. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others are like the seeds sown among the thorns. They hear the word, 19but the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 Yet others are like the seeds sown on good soil. They hear the word, receive it, and produce a crop—thirtyfold, sixtyfold, or a hundredfold.”
How do we define “good” soil, good seed, good fruit? We don’t need to.
The Word has interpreted it for us directly.
Romans 7;12 So then, the Law is holy,
and the commandment is holy,
righteous, and good.
The Torah of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
Bemidbar 13;16 These are the names of the men Moses sent to scout the Land, and Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua. 17 Moses sent them to scout the Land of Canaan, and he said to them, “Go up this way in the south and climb up the mountain. 18You shall see what [kind of] land it is, and the people who inhabit it; are they strong or weak? Are there few or many? 19 And what of the land they inhabit? Is it good or bad? And what of the cities in which they reside are they in camps or in fortresses? 20 What is the soil like is it fat or lean? Are there any trees in it or not? You shall be courageous and take from the fruit of the land.” It was the season when the first grapes begin to ripen.
[ Side Note: Sinai: “Go up to the Mountain 40 days…”
Meraglim: “Go up to the Mountain 40 days…”
We hear an echo of something from Sinai, so we must remember what happened there. We know there was an underestimation of their leadership (Moshe) and a miscalculation in timing.
Sinai, they tested God…and Hashem enumerates this chet as the 10th test they ‘imposed’ upon Him. : Bemidbar 14;22 “Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, 23 shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it. (It is taught, just as it is said regarding the Chet ha gel, none of the women partook of this offense. Therefore the decree of being permanently exiled from the Land was for men, 20 years of age and up. : Bemidbar 14; 28 “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; 29 your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me. 30 ‘Surely you shall not come into the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 31‘Your children, however, whom you said would become a prey—I will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected.)]
- They didn’t do what Moshe said. They were at the wrong vantage point all together! (Not only do we know it was the people who requested this mission but the Meraglim ( מרגלים -“spies”) didn’t go up the Mountain like Moshes instructed, they ‘went down’ into the valley.
- When they return they go…somewhere, to someone but not directly to their leadership, then they come to Moshe and Aaron.
WE can’t do it. Their delusion: This process is going to be natural. Physical conquest and when you look at the odds in that light…we’re grasshoppers and they’re giants.
They forget- God is fighting with them, Moshe who held up his arms to Heaven at their first encounter with Amalek will again lead them before Hashem. And, the Ark will go before them.
But they forget this. It is not just “can we” or “can’t we”, God has said they are meant to forge a relationship with this country, this is something that cannot happen unless God is with you.
Bemidbar 13; 25 They returned from scouting the Land at the end of forty days. 26 They went, and they came to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the desert of Paran, to Kadesh. They brought them back a report, as well as to the entire congregation, and they showed them the fruit of the land. 27 They told him and said, “We came to the land to which you sent us, and it is flowing with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 However, the people who inhabit the land are mighty, and the cities are extremely huge and fortified, and there we saw even the offspring of the giant. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the south land, while the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountainous region. The Canaanites dwell on the coast and alongside the Jordan.” 30 Caleb silenced the people to [hear about] Moses, and he said, “We can surely go up and take possession of it, for we can indeed overcome it.” 31 But the men who went up with him said, “We are unable to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we. 32 They spread an [evil] report about the land which they had scouted, telling the children of Israel, “The land we passed through to explore is a land that consumes its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it are men of stature. 33 There we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, descended from the giants. In our eyes, we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we were in their eyes.
It is very easy to misinterpret. Even in the English this word relates the idea of hearing and also then communication (or miscommunication).
Definition of misinterpret:
1 to explain wrongly His comment on the speech misinterprets the speaker’s meaning.
2 to understand wrongly Her silence should not be misinterpreted as consent.
There is a direct correlation between the last three parashiot with the binding thread of ‘lashan hara’ (which is more than mere gossip. It can also be any harmful speech related, even if true, idle speech, grumbling- because in effect: complaints are all pointed to Him Who Holds all things, all circumstances). It began with a false sense of “station”. It often takes shape when a person deems himself worthy to judge another being or situation. When one is doing so without the heart (of Aaron Ha Kohen) whose immediate intention is to discern favorably… what is already pre-conceived, what has already been arrived at will manifest in our judgment, despite whatever the evidence may be. Like the people who were given the testimony regarding the land: there is good fruit here! Like throwing out a thousand dollar suit because it had a smudge on the lapel. This is the power of gossip, fear mongering, a defeatist attitude. Furthermore, the conquest of the Land, although it was to be a Spiritual conquest (God at the helm), it would take effort. This generation had their ‘hands out’. They were carried through the wilderness had all their needs filled (although they longed often). We must learn to guard ourselves from a bad report. We must learn to guard our tongues. The spies, like we will later read regarding Korach, were calculated in the way they gave testimony. Let us look at the Hebrew word for ‘Report’:
#1680 v דָּבַב davav – to go slowly, gently, to creep. To flow gently. This shoresh is found only in Shir ha shirim (Song of Songs) 7:9 And your mouth like the best wine!” It goes down smoothly for my beloved, flowing gently through the lips of those who fall asleep.
Fem. N #1681 דִּבָּה dibbah – slander, calumny, report, rumor. (complete list of occurrences:)
Bereshit 37:2 These are the records of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father.
Bemidbar 13:32 So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size.
Bemidbar 14:36 As for the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land and who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing out a bad report concerning the land, 37even those men who brought out the very bad report of the land died by a plague before the LORD.
(The next occurrence of slander reminds me of what takes place in parasha Korach:
Tehillim 31:13 For I have heard the slander of many, terror is on every side; while they took counsel together against me, they schemed to take away my life.
Mishlei 10:18 He who conceals hatred has lying lips, and he who spreads slander is a fool.
Mishlei 25:10 Or he who hears it will reproach you, and the evil report about you will not pass away.
Yirmeyahu 20:10 For I have heard the whispering of many, “Terror on every side! Denounce him; yes, let us denounce him!” All my trusted friends, Watching for my fall, say: “Perhaps he will be deceived, so that we may prevail against him and take our revenge on him.”
Yechezkiel 36:3 therefore prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “For good reason they have made you desolate and crushed you from every side, that you would become a possession of the rest of the nations and you have been taken up in the talk and the whispering of the people.”’”
Beware of the subtle, creeping whispers regarding God’s eternal nature.
Beware of a bad report regarding His Torah, His Land, His people Israel.
Stand strong against anti-semitic, anti-Israel remarks.
Speak up, like Joshua and Calev did.
Do not wait for that strain of hatred to infect those around you,
be courageous and tell the truth.
“The Land is Good. His word is Good. He is good.”
Bemidbar 14:6 Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 18 “If the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us—a land which flows with milk and honey. 9 “Only do not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.”
Whatever it is that you believe Hashem has for you to accomplish, know that it will not be convenient, easy or without requirement and duty. This is a Legion, a Kingdom, a Nation of Hashem. It will not be realized without proper allocation of resources, without sufficient preparation, without strength borne from struggle. Let us pray for the discernment and proper interpretation of His will for us, and thus the holy expression of that to others for inspiration.
One of the most heart breaking ‘episodes’ in the Torah is after the people are sentenced to the wilderness wandering for 40 years. On the surface level one could easily feel for the reaction of these men. They said they were sorry right? They repented. But did they? These people make the dire mistake of believing that they can just repent and go, whether Moshe is with them or not, whether the Torah is with them or not, whether God is with them or not. Again- completely physically minded. We can learn from them that IF Hashem is not in what we are setting out to do, IT WILL NOT SUCCEED.
Bemidbar 14; 40 In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the ridge of the hill country, saying, “Here we are; we have indeed sinned, but we will go up to the place which the Lord has promised.” 41 But Moses said, “Why then are you transgressing the commandment of the Lord, when it will not succeed? 42 Do not go up, or you will be struck down before your enemies, for the Lord is not among you. 43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned back from following the Lord. And the Lord will not be with you.” 44 But they went up heedlessly to the ridge of the hill country; neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses left the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down, and struck them and beat them down as far as Hormah.
Unfortunately, this is one way we can know whether what we are doing is in accord with His will or not. It is challenging because the road to what He wills is not always easy- sometimes we are meant to fight around the obstacles in our way in order to reach His way. However sometimes He makes it clear to us by having everything ‘miraculously’ fall into place despite the challenges. When, and How are we to know what Hashem’s will is and whether or not we are struggling against it? Practice scales of balance with your devotions of time and energy. Take on what will be a blessing but will not drain you of the stores of energy you need to maintain a healthy filling spiritually and fulfilling of the physical requirements and dependents needs/well-being. Take the time He holds out to you and enter into it at the opportune moment. Don’t move when it seems clear He has determined that you ‘stay’. Follow the ‘cloud of glory’ with your best interest (the Promised Land) at its ultimation. Grasp His tsit tsit throughout your day, wherever you go and remember Whose heart you follow after.
Remember that PERFECT doesn’t always mean painless.
Micah 8; 6 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? 9 The voice of the Lord will call to the city & it is sound wisdom to fear Your name: “Hear, O tribe. Who has appointed its time?
Another law we recieve in the midst of the narrative of the Meraglim is the hope for the future. No matter how much a mess of things we feel (or can see) our parents, leaders, etc. have made. However dark the leaves of our family album, tree may be…there is always hope for reparation and a future. This is one reason why investing our time is the most precise and effective tool we have against evil. Investing time in people- in the real world- outside of our own circles (although the home and the covenant brothers and sisters should be central- like the center wick of the menorah by which the rest of the lights become ignited)…is of utmost worth.
Directly after giving the sentence of the wilderness wanderings and the ‘uncalled for’ entry into the Land and ensuing massacre, Hashem give us a Law. Let us always be asking why? :
Bemidbar 15;1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land where you are to live, which I am giving you, 3 then make an offering by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering or a sacrifice to fulfill a special vow, or as a freewill offering or in your appointed times, to make a soothing aroma to the Lord, from the herd or from the flock.
To me this is extraordinarily beautiful. “Even though you’ve had to wander for a long, long time…don’t think you won’t get there. WHEN you arrive at the Land I am giving to you, WHEN you come home (not ‘if’)…you will worship Me, and I will accept your offerings.’ God will have His Holy Temple in the Land and His people will worship Him there. The mission of being light shining out into the four corners of the world from that place (the heart) outward…WILL be realized. His people, we, WILL be there with Him at His appointed time. And, while we work…while we walk…while we grow together and learn to interpret His specialized Mission for each one of us I pray that you be strong and courageous. That you be blessed with the means and the motivation to allocate all your time and “possessions” in a way that will make your soul filled and very fruitful. May you grow closer together with Hashem, your people, and families.
Resources: See Homepage and My Resources entry for a complete list of tools and sources. Much of this week’s entry was learned from Bill Cloud billcloud.org, Rabbi Ari Kahn arikahn.blogspot.co.il and Rabbi Shlomo Katz – shlomokatz.com.