I enjoy visiting with my rabbi and learning. Having the opportunity to look into the Torah and come away with a lesson that is for today. Those who read and think of the Torah only as a document of yesterday miss so much...
Pharaoh has relented and sent Moses and Israel out of Egypt. But in a final act of depravity sends his army to anilate the former slaves. But, as so many times before and to come G-d steps in and it is the evil which is destroyed and Israel witnesses another miracle and they sing praises... "Who is like You among the heavenly powers, Hashem!"
It's a happy bunch... But it doesn't last long.
Soon the people cry out for water and they protested that they had nothing to drink. G-d provides. One minute G-d is saving the people with a major event and the next he provides water. Water that the people could have found using their own devices but G-d is showing them that He is involved in not only amazing miracles but also the day-to-day events.
They get happy again...but soon, "The entire assembly of the Children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the WIlderness." Notice for a moment...the "entire" assembly. Not one remembered the greatness of G-d and their faith fell away. "If only we had died by the hand of Hashem in the land of Egypt, as we sat by the pot of meat, when we ate bread, but you have taken us out to this Wilderness to kill us all by famine."
Now the people have forgotten the bitter slavery and replaced it with "pots of meat and bread".
We haven't changed much. We get caught up in the trials of the day and we forget the blessings we've been given. One small detour and we whine and complain and forget of all the goodness that life gives us. Yesterday was a blessing...today stinks. That's not the way we should be. I'm reminded of that each time I visit with my rabbi. He's had lots of lousy stuff happen to him over the past year but each time I ask, "Hey boss, how's it going?" His answer is, "Thank G-d, it's going well."
You see, he "gets it". G-d has a plan for us and each day we're called to execute that plan to praise and glorify His name... When we remember to do that...we forget about the stuff that's not so important.
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