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Internet Installed

Wednesday, 22 September, 2010 - 12:00 pm

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Internet Installed: By Rabbi Schusterman

We moved into our new home and ordered internet service. Curious as I am, I asked the technician how it works. He explained that there are different pieces; a modem, the cable on our end, and the cable on the service provider’s end. For there to be good internet communication, he explained, all these pieces are necessary,and, in addition, the system needs to be programmed correctly so that the internet connection works.

Since the Baal Shem Tov says that we must learn from all of our experiences, I was thinking that this is very timely since tonight begins the holiday of Sukkot when we shake ‘the four kinds’ together. They include 4 objects; the date palm (lulav), the myrtle (hadas), the willow (aravos), and the citron (esrog), four types of vegetation. If you have only three of them you have not fulfilled the Mitzvah. You need all four, just like with the internet service. If you have the modem and no wires, or just the wires and no modem, it won't work

The Midrash explains that this symbolizes the intrinsic unity of the Jewish people. These four species are noticeably different from one another. The esrog has both a pleasant taste and a pleasant fragrance. The fruit of the tree from which the lulav is taken, the date, has a pleasant taste, but no fragrance. The myrtle has a pleasant fragrance but no taste, and the willow has neither fragrance nor pleasant taste.

The esrog represents a person who studies Torah and does good deeds, the lulav represents one who studies Torah but does not do good deeds, the myrtle represents one who does good deeds but does not study Torah, and the willow represents a person who doesn’t study Torah or do good deeds. Just like in order to fulfill the Mitzvah of lulav and esrog, you need to bring all four kinds together, to have a complete community we need to unite all (four types of) Jews.

That is what we are trying to do here at Chabad of Harford County. We would like to make a community of all the Jews in our local community. We want to get to know those like the esrog, lulav, hadas and arova. We want to have a complete community.

We want to get to know each one of you. Would you like to meet for coffee or lunch? Please email or call me to schedule a time so we can get to know each other.

Have an joy filled holiday of Sukkot.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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