Two guys are walking through the woods one day when they stumble across a big deep hole. The first guy peers into it and says, “Wow! That looks deep.”
The second guy says, “It sure does. Let’s throw a few pebbles in there and see how deep it is. We’ll be able to tell the depth by how long it is before we hear the noise of the pebbles landing.”
Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “And what starting salary are you looking for?”
The engineer replies, “In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”
Shabbos connects us with Hashem as we focus on the creation of the universe from a total nothing to what it is now, full of galaxies, super novas, our solar system, the incredible resources that we have available to us on this planet and the myriad types of creatures that populate the world. We are the recipients of wonderful gifts that abound all around us.
My husband teases me that I casually mentioned to him once while we were dating, “Oh, by the way. I
don’t know how to cook.” Being that my mother-in-law is a fantastic cook, he simply responded, “Oh.”
and politely tried to disguise his concern.
To state that we are living in precarious times would be the understatement of the century. The events that occur on a daily basis are obscure and although we place our trust in Hashem that His plan is only for our good, we shudder often at what we are viewing. Political unrest, governmental breakdown at the highest levels, a total lack of respect for the truth, corruption amongst our investigative organizations and the list continues to grow.
We are now in the period called the 3 weeks, and it is considered a period of mourning. I have often wondered how we really mourn for something that we really do not understand. Historically the temple was destroyed and we were exiled, but those are not things I REALLY understand because I have never experienced a time with a temple or a world that recognizes G-d and Eretz Yisroel
Moshe commanded Pinchas to wage battle against Midian to revenge Hashem’s honor. The Midianite women caused many of the men to sin and therefore avenging their act of criminality was uppermost in the mind of Moshe. Pinchas who initially acted against them when he killed Zimri who had taken the Midianite princess, was tasked with this sacred mission.