Torah Portion: Vayetzei (Genesis 28:10 – 32:3)
Kislev 12, 5781
Language of Tomorrow
This is the vision that Jacob took with him on all his journeys; the same lofty, life-affirming, transformative vision that has accompanied the Jewish people on all of our journeys, both national and personal. It is the vision that makes us who we are, and has held us all together throughout the generations.
A. She felt that God was someone far away that you could only speak to from certain places.
A. She realized that God was with her, and everywhere.
A. She’d thought of God as being something abstract and far away, but when she panicked and called out to Him, she realized that she knew deep down, it was just like her friend said – God was everywhere and right with her at every moment.
A. Sometimes, we know things deep in our hearts, but somehow we forget about them and live our lives as if they weren’t so. But when we’re shocked into action by situations like Jan had, the things we know in our hearts come out and the real truth emerges.
A. God has always existed and is everywhere. The world (and the universe for that matter) are things He created ‘inside’ of Himself, so to speak. That means that God is the ‘place’ within which everyone and everything exists.
A. It has everything to do with it. When we say God is one – we don’t just mean ‘and not two, or three.’ We are saying that everything in existence is really, at its deepest roots, a unified, infinite oneness. We call that oneness, God. This is the essence of the ‘Shema’ prayer and of monotheism.
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JOKE OF THE WEEK
Moishe was having some trouble in Hebrew class.
To encourage him, his teacher Morah Esther said, “You’ll know you’re really beginning to get it when you start dreaming in Hebrew.”
One day, Moishe ran into class all excited, saying, “Morah Esther! I had a dream last night and everyone was talking in Hebrew!”
“Great!” said Morah Esther. “What were they saying?”
“I don’t know,” Moishe replied; “I couldn’t understand them.”
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