WELCOMING SHABBAT

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.

 

Bo – Thinking

Bo – Thinking

January 21, 2024

“One of the most distinctive aspects of the Ten Plagues was the persistent refusal of Pharaoh to recognize the error of his ways and accept that the G-d of the Jews was indeed all-powerful. Miracle after miracle failed to persuade him of the veracity of Moshe Rabbeinu’s claims of being Hashem’s shliach (messenger) and not merely an expert sorcerer.

Rav Aaron Bakst, zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva of Lomza [asked] ‘what was Pharaoh thinking when he saw these great miracles in front of his very eyes?!’ … ‘he did not think at all! Only through lack of thinking can a person come to ignore such great miracles without allowing them to influence him in the slightest !’
The recent events in the war in Gaza also constitute open displays of Hashem’s hands. [Buildings exploding minutes after IDF soldiers left, RPG’s missing by centimeters, soldiers narrowly being spared being shot…] Moreover, many have noted that the numerous missiles fired into Israel have had a miraculously minimal effect. Our avoda is to let such events cause us to think about our lives – to reassess our awareness of G-d in the world and in our lives; to think about what G-d is communicating to us; and to see how we can change and grow.
[Let us not make the same mistake as] Pharaoh and to ‘think’ – to let events that happen in the world at large, [in our own life, specifically at this time, and make the changes that allow us to think about what occurs around us.]”