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Our entire existence simply doesn’t make any sense!


“What did you learn in Sunday school today?” Mrs. G asks her son.

“We learned that when the Jews left Egypt and came to the Red Sea, Moses built a bridge for the Jews to cross, and then when the Egyptians got on the bridge, Moses blew it up…”

“Is that really what happened?” asks Mrs G., skeptically.

“Mom,” the young boy responds, “if you don’t believe that story, you’ll never believe the one my teacher told me!”

That’s right; the entire story of our Exodus hardly makes sense. In fact, our entire existence simply doesn’t make any sense! But that’s just the point: the Jewish People don’t exist because of reason – we exist in spite of reason.

But how? What has kept us together? We are dispersed across the globe – Morocco, Israel, Australia, the USA – what makes us a unified people?

The only thing that holds us all together, that is universally Jewish, and that traces itself back to Sinai, are the Mitzvot! And guess what? The Mitzvot weren’t born out of reason. They are Divine.

Is it any wonder then, that a nation which was given Divine Mitzvot is able to persevere against all odds?

As Jews, we are constantly strengthening our timeless bond with the Torah. A bond that started in the times of the Exodus and continues until this very day!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Mendy