I only got one like! - Bamidbar

Thursday, 6 June, 2019 - 6:00 am

Για να το διαβάσετε στα Ελληνικά, κάντε κλίκ εδώ

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Anyone using Facebook probably knows this feeling.

You think about a brilliant sentence or you post a beautiful picture. You are sure that within a few minutes, you will get dozens of likes. Time goes by and … nothing. Only a couple of hours later does one person press like.

How would you feel? Disappointed? Desperate?

Something similar happened to G-d.

Before giving the Torah to the Jewish people, the Midrash recounts, G-d proposed it to the other people of the world. But no one wanted it. One people did not like the prohibition against theft, another the prohibition against murder and yet a third one could not contend with the strict laws against adultery. G-d did not get even one like! Until he arrived to the Jewish people who agreed and wanted to receive the Torah.

If we measure it in terms of modern marketing, G-d’s campaign was not very successful.

But in the real world, the Torah had huge success. As opposed to the rest of the pagan ancient civilizations, Judaism is alive and well. It survived so many threats. The books of Torah were burnt, its study was forbidden. Yet the Jews continue to study and keep it until now, and its messages are relevant to all of us.

One such message, particularly suited for our days, is to choose the right thing, not what is the most popular and will gather the most likes.  

This Sunday 6 June 2022 (and Monday 7/6/22), we will celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, the day where we made the wise choice and received the Torah from G-d. Come to relive this experience, listening to the 10 Commandments at 11:00, with many surprises.

Continue this wise choice by studying Torah in your everyday life. The classes of the Jewish Learning Institute, private lessons with Rabbi Mendel or Rabbi Natan, or with Nehama on women’s mitsvot, or the autonomous surfing of, is a good beginning.

Did you enjoy this piece? Give me a like! Mmmm, maybe it’s not really necessary, after all.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!


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