Rabbi’s Message: Jul. 1, 2014

Summer Vision

Religion is like the windshield of an automobile. When we pass through a rainstorm of trying experience, it is important to keep the windshield wiper of common sense working. Otherwise religion will only shut out the view ahead.
Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan, Not So Random Thoughts

Why does a person have two eyes? He has one eye to see himself and come to understand how he can reach his potential and one eye to see the goodness in other people.
Attributed to the Baal Shem Tov

Ha’eynayim hen l’fanim v’lo l’achur / The eyes point forward and not behind (one should focus on the future).
Attributed to the “Rambam,” Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon also known as “Maimonides”

Vayer Elohim et ha’or ki tov / And God saw the light that it was good.
Bereishit / Genesis 1:2

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for.
It’s gonna be a bright, (bright), bright, (bright), sunshiny day
It’s gonna be a bright, (bright), bright, (bright), sunshiny day.
“I Can See Clearly Now,” by Johnny Nash

Chevra,
Summer is here. Summer is synonymous with bright illuminating sunshine. Summer serves up a cornucopia of riotously dancing bright and varied hues of every color. The myriad shades of iridescent, shining, and glistening green seep into every corner of our sight in even the most urban of environments during the months of summer.

Summer is a metaphor for vivid, thriving, pulsating life and the clear illuminated vision that accompanies life.

So much darkness is in our world, hatred, terrorism, bigotry, and suffering.

Summer can symbolize the healing light that dispels such darkness.

While we enjoy the short months of summer warmth and brightness, let’s actualize the brightness, light, and warmth into our approach as to how we encounter the world. Let’s be warm and sunny with each other. Let’s shed light where there is ignorance. Let’s blossom forward with love and healing where there is desolation and hatred. Let’s make our little Bellerose Jewish Center emanate as a “Makom Simcha,” a “Place of Joy” that brings illumination and vitality to each other, our community, the Jewish people, and the whole world.

Enjoy your summer.

B’Shalom,
Menashe

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