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We are in the wilderness

Wednesday, 25 May, 2011 - 11:34 am

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Last year, before moving to Harford County, a local Jew wrote to me: ‘You must like to be in the wilderness, it isn’t the Promise Land’. While learning this week’s Torah portion, which is titled Bamidbar - in the wilderness, I remembered this e-mail and realized how right he was. 

Two of the unique qualities of the wilderness for which G-d has chosen to give the Torah specifically there, apply to us here in Harford County.

 The wilderness is a clean place, untainted by the trappings of ‘settlers’. The Torah was given in the wilderness to tell us that the Torah thrives despite the society or country that a person may live in. In the wilderness we don’t need to fit in, so too here, we can be our true selves, true to ourselves and connect to Hashem (G-d) in the way that works best for us.

You may ask the question “I cannot connect or I am not spiritual, how does this apply to me?”

The answer is that being that our connection began in the wilderness, a desolate place, this teaches us that even when we find ourselves spiritually desolate, the connection is still there. The Torah is there for each and every one of us, to enhance our lives.

So yes, together we can transform this ‘wilderness’ into the ‘promised land’.

Have a wonderful Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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