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Is Inspiration Inclusive or Exclusive?

Thursday, 1 May, 2014 - 9:00 am

Have you ever been to an event where all the important people enter on the other side of the red velvet? Did you wish you were part of the “important” group?

Have you ever experienced when someone you know is on a diet and when you’re in their house you also can’t have any sweets? Did you wish you were on a diet as well?

These are two ways to inspire people: 1) Be Exclusive (the red velvet rope) 2) Be Inclusive (no sweets for guests)

In this week’s Torah portion we are taught about a law called Chodosh “new grain” the Torah says that grain (or flour) cannot be used until the Omer sacrifice is brought from barley. Like every sacrifice brought in the Beit Hamikdash, there is the act and the feeling it is meant to produce.

The feeling that the Omer is meant to evoke is that our best and our first should be dedicated to G-d. That everything we have to sustain us comes from G-d therefore G-d gets recognition and paid first.

In the Talmud there is an argument if those who live in “Chutz L’Eretz” a.k.a. not in the Land of Israel, need to be careful about the not eating from the “new” grain before the Omer sacrifice.

They are arguing how to inspire those outside of Israel to have this feeling? Include them or exclude them?

What do you think?

Have a wonderful Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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