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Did you feel it

Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 11:03 am

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Did You Feel It? - Earthquake  Subscribe Here

Did you feel it? Yesterday at about 2pm the world trembled; at least the east coast.... There was an earthquake. 

At that time Fraida and I were in Washington D.C.,between the White House and the Washington Monument spending time with visiting relatives. Within 5 minutes the entire Mall was evacuated. "No, you can't go near the monument."... "You can't enter.".... "Don't go there."...  Helicopters circled while people inspected for cracks and structural damage. Police enforced rules ensuring that all the visitors and workers remained safe.

The Baal Shem Tov teaches that we must learn from every occurrence that happens to us. Reb Schnuer Zalmen of LiadiArticle.aspsaid that we should live with the times, namely the weekly Torah portion.

The Torah says, in this week's Torah portion, "See I have placed before you life and death, the good and the bad. Choose life."

Sometimes the traditions can seem like a series of "no"s. Today's event taught me that in reality these are part of a larger safety Plan. We can choose to observe another mitzva and that will add meaning and good to our life. While Hashem "circles" overhead ,His Torah gives guidance that ensures that we won't fall through the cracks and that our way of living is structurally safe.

Did you feel it? What message did you take?

Have a great Shabbos and Choose Life.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

 

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