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Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 - 11:50 am

Driving to Indiana is fun. Especially when the child in the car is cooperating and the GPS gives directions that are correct. Many people don't like the GPS because if you look at a map you can choose the best way to go. But that’s only if you know where you are going.

There is a story told about the United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Holmes was once taking a train ride when the conductor came around asking for everyone’s ticket as proof that they paid for the trip. No matter how much Holmes searched, he simply couldn’t find his ticket. The conductor, realizing the stature of his passenger, told the judge that he had nothing to worry about for he was certain that he had paid for his ticket. The judge responded, “My good man, you don’t understand. I need my ticket to know where I am going.”


My wife and I like to use a GPS. On our way out, it took us out of Harford County going north then across to Indiana. However on the way back, it took us through Fredrick which is south and then back up to Bel Air.

The Baal Shem Tov says that we should learn from everything that happens to us. The message I learnt from this story is that we should always go upward. When you leave a place, make sure to go upward to a "higher place" and when you return make sure your journey brought you up. This is especially apropos as this week’s Torah portion is titled Maasei - "journeys".

Where do your life journeys take you?

Good Shabbos

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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