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Thursday, 28 July, 2016 - 10:46 am

AdobeStock_110236217.jpegWords, they are so powerful. When overused or incorrectly used, a word can lose its true meaning. That vacation that was very much enjoyable yet retold as wonderful - was it truly full of wonders?

The Talmud tells us that if you see Pinchas in a dream, a wonder, peleh,  will happen to you.  On the most basic level, the reason for this is, because Pinchas and Peleh both begin with the Hebrew letter Pei. Additionally, many wonder filled miracles happened to Pinchas throughout his life, specifically after he killed Zimri.

A miracle is similar to a wonder. The difference between a wonder and miracle is that a miracle breaks the rules of nature whereas the quality of a wonder is much higher. A wonder is completely ‘out of this world’; it is not somewhat out of the ordinary, it is completely wonder-filled. Pinchas lived his life above nature. It was not that he, at times, did extraordinary acts, but his whole life was extraordinary. Life for Pinchas was not sprinkled with occasional miracles but was one never ending wonder. Because of his style of living, Pinchas did what was needed to be done without care to the consequence to himself. For Pinchas, the extraordinary was ordinary.

We, as Jews, have the normal life of the Jew beginning the day with Modeh Ani, charity, prayer and Torah learning. However, we must learn from Pinchas how to be extraordinary, to go out of our daily operations and do something out of the ordinary, something that creates a complete shift in the way we serve Hashem, obviously within the confines of Torah law. When we do that, we don’t just live a good life or a miraculous life, but our life is wonder filled.

Wishing you all a wonder filled life!

Have a great Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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