on Friday, 04 November 2016.
Posted in Rabbi's Blog
From our rabbi
“Wow!” That was the reaction of my daughter, Adaya, as she walked into our new Or Shalom stairwell Torah mural for the first time. I couldn't agree more with her assessment of the bright, vivid work that was before her. She and her sister, Laila, took it all in, and the whole car ride home (and bedtime process), I was riddled with questions about parts of the Torah narrative depicted in the painting. Clearly, this artwork brought the Torah to life for them, as it should for any of us who walks up or down that staircase.
One of the reasons we're here is to make the Torah come to life in meaningful ways. As we all try to make 5777 count, I pray that we will all see ourselves as sources of Torah in our world. The words of Torah exist on a scroll, but they come alive through us. We have a choice every day, do we honor the words of the Ten Commandments and respect our parents or refuse to lie to ourselves or others? Do we keep the heart of the Torah, the words “love your neighbor as yourself,” at the forefront of our decision-making?
When we take to heart the idea that we are responsible for bringing Torah into the world, we can find guidance and support that can help us respond to the pressures of life as our best selves. We aspire to live from our core values, resisting the urges to add to pain, hurt, or anger, that all too often, surround us. At a time where there is more than enough fomenting hate and mistrust saturating our world, living Torah means to reject the path that adds to our societal malaise, to be a source of light in darkness.
In many ways, living Torah means the ability to say, “wow,” and refusing to allow the problems in our world to be accepted. Instead, we have the opportunity each day to bring beauty and inspiration to those around us. May we choose Torah and choose life this year, and may we do so together as an Or Shalom family, bringing brightness and wonder that paints a picture of hope in the hearts of all those around us.
L’shalom,Rabbi Ari N. Margolis
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