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Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Friday, 17 July, 2020 - 1:33 pm

Social Distancing, Distance Learning etc.

We keep reading and hearing about the need to distance, to stay separate. As we slowly reopen, while simultaneously maintaining distance and using PPE, there is palpable happiness in the air. 

People are excited to see each other. To be back together. To see family and friends. What causes happiness of this sort? It is the distance that makes the heart grow fonder. 

The Baal Shem Tov taught "Every single thing that a person sees or hears, is an instruction to him in his conduct in the service of G‑d."

One lesson that I took is that although we all are, at times, distant from Hashem and feel disconnected, we choose to make an active effort to connect and reconnect. When we remove the barriers that we created between ourselves and G-d, it generates a similar joy. 

Do I need to remove all the barriers to feel the joy? NO. 

Are we encouraged to be distant from Hashem? NO.

Although we need to continue to maintain social distance and PPE, this should not stop the process of connecting with G-d.

We may not be as close as we want to be with Hashem or with our fellow, but, G-d willing, this COVID will pass and our evil inclination will be subdued and we will be able to fully reunite with each other and with Hashem! 

What lesson do you take from something that you saw or heard this week?


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