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Red Yellow Green

Friday, 22 May, 2020 - 9:12 am

These days we sit and wait week after week thinking, when are we going to move from red to yellow and eventually from yellow to green? We know that these transitions are not dependent on us, but on factors that are out of our control. Yet, we hope that the situation will improve so that our lives can return to some normalcy.

This got me thinking—If I had to grade myself, what color would I give myself? Not in regards to corona, but in regards to Judaism. Am I a red, yellow, or green Jew?  

The Red Jew: You stop in your tracks. You are a Jew because you are a member of the tribe. You are the “chosen nation.” You might not be too sure what that really means but you know that if someone refers to a Jew, you know that they are referring to you. 

The Yellow Jew: You stop and take pause. You think about it once in a while. You might light the Shabbat candles, make Kiddush Friday night, or lay the Tefillin. You have a charity box in your home and pay synagogue dues. You have a mezuzah on your front door. You proudly identify yourself as a Jew wherever you go! 

The Green Jew: You are a Jew-on-the-go. You are always looking for a mitzvah to do. On an ongoing, daily basis you are thinking, planning, talking, and acting like a Jew. Perhaps you are even an activist on behalf of the Jewish people or some other Jewish cause. One thing is for sure, when it comes to Judaism, you are always on the go! 

Not Jewish? You can apply this to your spiritual Journey are you in the Red, Yellow or Green zone in your relationship with the creator of the world? 

As we prepare for the Shavuot holiday, let’s all be in the Green Zone, even if only spiritually. 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

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