The Chai Times // Just Passing Through
Jun 09, 2023 6:46 pm
The summer is upon us. Travel and excitement (weddings! vacations! quick hop over to see a friend!) are in many people's upcoming months (and I hope in yours!).
Sometimes I feel the fun of travel, and sometimes I feel the strain of travel. This strain is what I want to focus on.
The hardest part of traveling is the question of settling, how much hair to metaphorically let down before this quick stop ends. And I belive the Jews of the Desert have the answer for us.
At every stop along their journey in the desert, whether it was for a year or for just one day, the Children of Israel set up the Tabernacle and made all their offerings.
Indeed - the longest stop was 19 years long and the shortest was just overnight. By the next morning, they were already packing up.
Why did they set everything up? What not ask G-d to find out how long they would be staying? Maybe only unpack PJs and leave everything else in the saddle bags?
They knew the truth: that they had been brought to each place, this place, by a divine hand, and so there must be purpose in this place, in this here, in this now.
This is the travel perspective I want to share, that in every journey of your life you must be where you are.
It may seem that you are only passing through on your way to somewhere else - but in truth, there is purpose, divine purpose, in wherever you are right now.
Listen, learn, plant seeds, water them. Neither you nor this place must stay the same.
Wishing you an uplifting Shabbat,
Rabbi Mendy & Mussy
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p.p.s. on the theme of this week's message check out this music video "Just Passing Through"
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