Shalom friends (this will take a second),
Its been a while
Since the last update, our lives have become a bit more routine in the sense that we are conducting our daily lives; going to school, bringing Akiva to his daycare, shopping, spending time with friends/family, Shabbat, etc
Yet the normalization of our lives here Jerusalem has provided us with an opportunity to look ahead, reflect, and even dream. It is this latter part of life that I would like to focus on. It seems as though we often do not find the time, energy, or even patience to develop ourselves, instead we focus on the immediate: job hunting, make another buck, or what are we doing tonight
Not to simplify the above ambitions, however I often think these objectives come at a price, a price too expensive which in turn prohibits us from spiritual growth, happiness, and a true sense of satisfaction.
Speaking with a friend from NY the other day, I asked how things were doing, he responded: some days suck and some days are ok. I do not mean to minimize his or any of our feelings there are times in life where each and every one of us finds ourselves in some kind of a funk. Yet while this is true, I personally believe that we have the ability to look past these low-points. The question is are we willing to invest the time and energy required to be happy. Are we simply in search of material gains, or rather first and foremost honest and true happiness? I personally think the latter will lead to the former. I know enough people (and Im sure you do too), who have it all, yet have nothing. By nothing I mean are always in a funk, feeling as though they are missing something. In reality, this something they are missing is a void that cannot be filled with material gain and only with spiritual growth.
In this weeks parasha, Torah portion, we read Vayetzeh, Genesis 28:10. We read of Yaakov,
Jacob, who leaves in search of his bride. He arrives to a place in verse 11, takes a stone and rests upon it. As Jacob dreams he sees a ladder, a ladder reaching high up to the heavens. It is when he ascends the ladder that he soon realizes and understands the truth. Standing high above the daily routines and distractions Jacob soon finds the reality. For Jacob, this means finding God and reinstating his relationship to the past, ultimately leading to his future.
In other words when Jacob found his stepping stone, or his backbone, with it
he found the strength required to look forward, to consider the finer things in life and fill it with meaning. Interestingly, after he reconnected to his heritage and realized what was truly important in life, he was rewarded. He found reward in his future wife Rachel and soon thereafter gained material wealth (livestock, materials, etc
This Shabbat, and for the months to come, it is my wish that we all connect to our roots, find that stepping stone and develop the back bone necessary to reflect, find satisfaction and even find time to dream. It is through this journey that our material gains can be appreciated for what they
truly are secondary to our inner/spiritual prosperity.
Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion
Pirkei Avot 4:1
Shabbat Shalom from Yerushalayim
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