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Brrr… its cold outside.

Thursday, 9 January, 2014 - 12:22 pm

We have not seen such an extreme cold in many years! The only thing we want to do is sit inside where it is warm and drink hot tea. Schools were closed “due to the cold”, people were posting on Facebook how glad they are to be in the warm confines of their homes and calls went out to help the homeless find shelter. 

There is a Chassidic teaching that from every entity and event we can learn a lesson in the service of man to his Creator.  

Just like we do our utmost to keep the cold out and make sure our homes are warm and those outside have warm shelter, we find the same in our service of G-d.

The cold is the indifference and cynicism to anything holy. It's the cooling down of the fervor that people have when they see something inspiring. For example, the effects of the cynical comments received when friends see that your Judaism is not only an ancient religion but relevant and integral to your daily life.   
Keeping our ‘homes’ warm is recognizing the G-d within us; living a life that fires us up and warms our souls. We need to be more enthusiastic about our heritage and who we truly are.

One of the definitions for cold  (khttps://ci3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/PEm9KRyXEO-up42XJv0AhPqTTVxD82odTUxhVftrc5UTK89JOcElYQlK_XLgmerDwqcs8quvK-Vj=s0-d-e1-ft#http://img.tfd.com/hm/GIF/omacr.gifld) is exhibiting or feeling no enthusiasm. 

When I was 14, I was kicked out of a Talmud class. I crossed the hall and sat in on an etymology class. They were discussing the word enthusiasm and defined it, based on its etymology, as being inspired or possessed by the G-d within you.

So what is cold? Not feeling the G-d within you.

What can you do TODAY to be warmer - in every sense of the word?

Have a wonderful Shabbos - hope to see you in shul.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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