Three voices I follow online had some really powerful words to share on their blogs this week, so here they are linked in my blog - Read Jodi's post about Jewish values and entitlement programs, and Sarah's post about hard work as part of a healthy lifestyle. Jodi and Sarah have the courage to comment, now it's your turn. We all welcome your comments.
So, why do I call this week's Shabbat THE BIG ONE?
The energy of the Torah portion Tsav is particularly suited to overcoming negativity in our own lives. It's not about getting on a pedestal and pointing fingers at others, but about looking deep within and identifying qualities we need to change.
Both Jodi and Sarah, the bloggers mentioned earlier are trying to repair the world in their own unique ways. They are doing so publicly, by blogging and doing their part to encourage others. I guess you could say that is what I am doing, too.
Today I am calling Shabbat Tsav THE BIG ONE because one of my mentors, Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum also posted powerful words this week in her PDF teaching on Shabbat HaGadol which deeply inspired me this week.
It also motivated me to change, not just to talk about changing. Her book, Women At The Crossroads, is a weekly inspiration each Shabbos, since it looks at each Parasha from a woman's perspective. Very refreshing.
But looking into myself, and being willing to see the areas where I really need to change, that's another thing entirely. It's a tug-of-war in my soul, and it's between pleasure and will.
Here are some words from Rebbetzin Siegelbaum's Shabbat HaGadol teaching. May they inspire you to change and grow on Shabbat this week, too:
"Rav Raphael Luria explains that the holiness of Shabbat is beyond time since the worlds rise on Shabbat through the revelation of the root of emanation.
The holiness of all the holidays derives from the power of Shabbat that precedes it.
The first holiday that we celebrated as a people is Pesach. Since Pesach is the head of all our holidays, the other holidays receive their sustenance from it."
Now you know why I call this Shabbat Tsav THE BIG ONE. It is truly our big window of opportunity to change and grow.