Shabbat is more than a day of refraining from worldly activity.

When experienced to its spiritual fullest, its holiness enlightens all other days of the week.

We invite you to enhance your Shabbat with these words of Torah.


An orange and yellow snake on a stick

Can I See Anxiety as an Opportunity?

Can I See Anxiety as an Opportunity?

Jacobson, Rabbi YY
June 30, 2023

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Make yourself a serpent and put it on a pole, and let whoever is bitten look at it and live.’ Moses made

a copper snake and put it on a pole, and whenever a snake bit a man, he would gaze upon the copper snake and live.”

(Bamidbar 21:8-9)



What is the deeper meaning of suffering? And how do some people know how to accept affliction with love and grace?


I can experience my challenges, struggles, and difficulties in the way they are manifested down here. But I can also look at these very same struggles from a more elevated point of view.


From the ‘downer’ perspective, these challenges… can throw me into despair or drain me of my sap. From the ‘higher’ perspective, the way G-d sees these very same realities, every challenge contains the seeds for rebirth. Within every crisis lies the possibility of a new and deeper discovery.

This is not about suppressing the pain. On the contrary, it is about taking the pain back to its deepest origin; going with it back to its primal source.


When faced with a ‘snake,’ with a challenge, many people look to their right or to their left. Either they fight, or they cave in. But there is another path: look upwards. See the ‘snake’ from the perspective above.


And in that upward gaze, you might find a new sense of healing: the questions might become the very answers, the problems may become the solutions, and the venom may become the cure.

It’s the same idea taught by Moses: The source of the affliction itself becomes the remedy. This is true in all areas of life. As viewed by the Creator,…pain is a springboard for deeper love and frustration is the mother of a new awareness.