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Torah Portion: Va’eira
To feel loved is to feel trust.
To feel loved is to know that you have a safe relationship, one which even your greatest weaknesses can’t destroy.
To feel loved is to feel that someone genuinely wants you to be your best self, because that’s the best for YOU.
To feel loved is to never be alone, even when there’s no one around for miles.
G-d’s profound gift to us is pure love.
Our very existence is an act of G-d’s love.
And our opportunities to develop an ever-greater connection with the Divine, our Mitzvot, are given to us as an act of love.
Years ago, I met with a young lady who professed disenchantment with her Judaism. She told me that she had completed Hebrew School, been “Bat-Mitzvah’d and confirmed”, and majored in Judaic Studies while at University. Yet, she still hadn’t found a single Jewish authority figure willing to tell her that G-d loves her.
My heart was broken.
Our theology is built on the faith that we all have a Divine Parent Who creates us and guides us through life.
Judaism shouts G-d’s love for us.
When G-d gave us the Torah at Mount Sinai, G-d began with:
”I am G-d who took you out of Egypt”.
It’s strange. After centuries of history, G-d is finally communicating directly with humanity (as distinct from a specific prophet). It’s the big introduction.
Why not say “I am G-d Who created you”? Isn’t that a greater, more inimitable feat than freeing slaves?
Our Sages explain that G-d was establishing the First Principle, the backbone to Torah and of our relationship with the Divine: “I am G-d Who CARES about you. I took you out of Egypt, because I suffer when you suffer. I know that there will be individual “Egypts” in each of your lives and I will be there with you. Because I love you, and I’m always with you. Treasure this Torah and keep yourselves open to a relationship with me. Then you’ll feel the love”.
In G-d’s world, to live is to be loved!
Rabbi Yanky and Rivky Klein
This email is In Loving memory of my dear father
R’ Yerachmiel Binyamin Halevi ben R, Menachem Klein OBM