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Do you have a mentor?

Thursday, 6 June, 2013 - 8:00 am

Who do you look to for spiritual guidance? I don't mean 'who do you go to, to listen to a sermon on a Shabbat every now and then'.  I mean someone who knows your number, someone who you have confided in. 

Not to deal with complex relationships from the past or present (your therapist) but someone who you go to, to get in touch with your essence. 

In last week's Torah portion, we saw Joshua and Caleb who were very much in touch with their mentor Moses. Accordingly, when the other spies fell down from their spiritual standing Joshua and Caleb stayed true to their core. 

In this week's Torah portion, we read of Korach and his disconnect from Moses to the point that he challenges the very authority and leadership of Moses.  His end is not pleasant. 

The relationship demonstrated by Joshua and Caleb and the opposite demonstrated by Korach are relationships of the highest order between a Chasid and his/her Rebbe.  But this relationship although particularly unique has many overtones of the relationship between mentor and mentee (is there such a word?). 

Once the concept of a mentor was a highly regarded and valuable relationship.  Today, it seems strange to be writing or even mentioning it.   

Perhaps it's time we brought it back. On Tuesday June 11th, 2013 we will commemorate the 19th anniversary of the passing of the Rebbe, my mentor.  In 1988 after the passing of his wife the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, the Rebbe encouraged the Chasidim to alleviate his workload by finding the answers to many of their spiritual guidance questions from local mentors. 

Who knows your number? Who do you respect? Find that special person and take your relationship to a much deeper level.  Let's keep ourselves aligned with our truest core. 

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman


P.S. Reply with your name and your mothers name and I will mention them Monday evening by the Rebbe's resting place. More Info about the Ohel here

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