Shabbat Beshalach 5776–Shabbat Torah Study – Go for the Gold?

Moshe Rabeynu!

He certainly teaches us by his words, but more importantly, by his deeds.

While B’nai Yisrael rushes hurriedly to gather the gold of Egypt on their way out, Moshe makes sure to fulfill the oath and promise made by B’nai Yisrael to Joseph.

As the leader, responsible for millions, he certainly has many, many responsibilities and things on his mind. Yet, Moshe takes the time to search, find and take Joseph’s remains out of Egypt, ultimately to be buried in the land of our Fathers (Shemot 13:19).

We too, busy ourselves, day in and day out, going after the gold. That is certainly a good and necessary thing.

But, like Moshe, are we also making sure that we stop to take care of our other important obligations such as giving tzedakah, feeding the hungry and honoring our parents, grandparents and elders?

Moshe teaches us to consider what the true gold in our life is.

This week’s Torah study we learn with our teacher Ruth Bergman. 9:45 a.m. Come as you are. Stay as long as you like.

It is also Shabbat Shira, the Shabbat when we read of the incredible miracle of the parting of Yam Suf and the spontaneous expression of wonder and gratitude of B’nai Yisrael, singing in soulful harmony, at having been redeemed from slavery and saved from the recalcitrant and vindictive Pharaoh and his armies. For those interested in staying, we will complete our study in time for Rabbi Bergman’s message and to be inspired in prayer by Hazzan Gross and our awesome choir during Musaf.

Shabbat Shalom,

Paul

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