How will I die? What (if anything) happens to me (if there even still is a “me”) next? How will my death impact those I leave behind? The Talmud asks these questions in response to the death of Miriam and Aaron, part of this week’s sedra.
Shabbat candles: 8:12 p.m.
Torah: Num. 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22
Havdalah: 9:12 p.m.
‘Rocky” is my favorite movie of all time, a tale of an underdog boxer with incredible determination, getting a shot at the title. Against all odds, Rocky’s goal is to “go the distance,” to still be standing strong at the end of the fight.
We all know people whose natural inclination is “No.” They avoid setting precedents, take no chances, play it safe, and squelch initiative. But the Jewish People did not make it this far by saying “No” to everything. We made our mark by a repetitive and massive “Yes.” Even when the odds were against success, we insisted that we couldn’t afford not to try.
“And God spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting…. ‘Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names….” [Numbers 1:1-2].