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A Small Jew

Thursday, 13 September, 2012 - 9:00 am

 A Small Jew

A young Jew living in a distant Island in the Caribbean wrote to the Rebbe in the 1970's thanking him for his intervention on his son's behalf thereby helping "a small Jew in the Caribbean." 

In his reply to the individual, the Rebbe accepted his thanks but took issue with his closing remark because "there is no such thing as a small Jew." 

A week does not go by that I don't hear a confession that "I'm a half Jew" "I'm not the real thing" or of course the all time classic "I'm not a good Jew." 

Apparently, the Rebbe disagrees with all those opinions and as a Shliach (emissary) of the Rebbe I hope that I reflect the same. 

A Jew is a Jew is a Jew.  

This week's Torah portion begins "You are all standing this day before the Lord, your God the leaders of your tribes, your elders and your officers, every man of Israel, your young children, your women, and your convert who is within your camp both your woodcutters and your water drawers that you may enter the covenant of the Lord, your God, and His oath, which the Lord, your God, is making with you this day" 

Everyone was there for Moses's final address. "The leaders and elders" to the simple day laborer; "the woodcutter and water drawer". Yet Moses, a few verses later, says "Not only with you am I making this covenant and this oath, but with those standing here with us today before the Lord, our God, and [also] with those who are not here with us, this day."

Who was he referring to? Who wasn't there?

The short answer is that Moses is reffering to YOU & ME!

We may not have been there in the desert. But even today, when we  make a resoultion to study more Torah and perform more of its Mitzvahs. This immediately unites us with every Jew in the world, every Jew of the past and every generation of the Jewish people in the future. They are our connection and they act as our support team to help us keep our resolution.

So there is no such thing as a small Jew - we are all connected!

Have a great Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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