Parashat Masei

Journeying with the Divine

Every step of the Israelites' journey is framed in relation with God.

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More than many others, the presence of God--the actual miracles of God--is acknowledged throughout this portion. That is why the oaths in Mattot are so important. They initiate our connection that is then realized in the recounting in Masei.

The Israelites noted the miracles in their lives and shared them with us through this recounting across hundreds of generations. We must do the same. As we experience the miracles of everyday living, we shouldn't be afraid to share them with others or acknowledge the Source of these miracles as we share them.

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Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute and the author of numerous books about Jewish spirituality.