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Simplicity – It’s that simple.

Thursday, 28 August, 2014 - 10:00 am

This past Sunday, I had the honor and privilege to bring a few community members to NY on a Soul Trip. We visited the Ohel (the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe), the library of Agudas Chasidei Chabad, the Jewish Children’s Museum and a Sofer, a scribe, who gave us a presentation about how he makes and writes a Torah, Mezuzah and Teffilin.

For many, the Scribe was the highlight of the trip. After all Gad, who is the founder of Oraita, was informative and went out of his way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. What struck me the most was his earnestness and simplicity. When asked why mezuzot are so expensive? He responded simply that they are a bargain because they are an insurance policy that covers everything; the letters Shin – Daled – Yud stand for Shomer Daltei Yisroel, that G-d guards the doors of His Nation.

We just entered the Hebrew month of Elul. During this month, there is a custom to blow the shofar daily. Why? As it is the simple sound of the shofar, sounding like the cry of a baby, that wakes people up to return to themselves.  It rouses us to the simplicity of a child; to have the most innocent belief and trust in G-d, to be able to dream about what we can become, to take on more mitzvot or to learn more, so that we come to High Holidays (like a child going to school on the first day) prepared for a wonderful year.

Simplicity, it’s that simple.

See you Shabbos morning!

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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