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Family Unity

Thursday, 29 January, 2015 - 9:48 am


I spent Monday with my family in Los Angeles; all 11 siblings and my parents coming together to celebrate my step-mother’s milestone birthday. It was a beautiful day that started with a hike and culminated with dinner.  It was really a pleasant day, celebrating and spending time with family.

What was most meaningful for me was the time we spent together, just being together. Not the hiking or eating, the singing or jokes, just the family unity and time as a family.

In this week’s Torah portion, the Jewish people cross the red sea and are finally alone as a nation, with no Egyptian taskmasters or Pharaoh there. The Jews together in unity, focused on being able to reach Mount Sinai to be united with G-d and G-dliness in a palpable way. In next week’s portion, they arrive at Mount Sinai “k’ish echad b’lev echad” as one people with one heart.

I realized that we need to spend time creating unifying moments with family and with G-d.  Purpose filled, intentional and mindful moments. Prayer and study, singing and jokes all devoted to unite us to be as one people with one heart serving one G-d.

Have a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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