B’MIDBAR (Numbers, 1:1-4:20)/SHAVUOS — “Can Familiarity Breed CONTENT?”


Next Tuesday night is the beginning of the Holiday of Shavuos.  Shavuos commemorates the day, 50 days after the Exodus from Egypt, when G-d gave us the Torah. 

For more on Shavuos click here or here


“Can Familiarity Breed CONTENT?” 

A fellow came up to me in Shul recently and asked, “Why is it so hard to pray with feeling?” 

… I studied at a Yeshiva in Israel for six years.  Then I left Israel, not to return for twenty years.  Ten  years ago, I went back… 

I went to the Kotel.  The Western Wall, the sole remnant of a magnificent Temple of G-d that the Romans destroyed two thousand years ago; a Temple that we pray every day to see rebuilt.  A Temple over which our People have shed millions of tears for thousands of years. 

As Jewish Law requires, I tore my shirt the same way a mourner does at the funeral of a loved one.  I stood there at the ruins of our Temple in my torn shirt looking like a mourner.  But you know what?  Deep down, I didn’t FEEL like a mourner! 

I couldn’t understand it.  At the Tombs of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs I was overcome with emotion.  Why was the site of our destroyed Temple different? 

I’m a religious Jew.  I pray every day for the Messiah to come and for the Temple to be rebuilt.  I fast every Tisha B’Av, and join my People in mourning for the Temple.   Why did I not feel the same, deep emotions that I felt at those other places? 

I don’t know for sure, but I have a theory…    

Read more. 

Additional messages from previous years: 

“How do I Love Thee?  Let me Count the DAYS”  (2009)

“Hair Today — Gone Tomorrow!” (2004)

“Humility vs. Self-Esteem” (2003)

“Legacy Building” (2002)

“Marching Orders”  (2001)

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