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Beit Hashofar is pleased to announce the opening of our new Lichtenstein Guest House and Beit Midrash. This new facility is conveniently located steps away from the synagogue and offers the comforts of home as well as an informal study space. Our Guest House is an optimal base for seeing the Northwest region or just to stay overnight on Shabbat while residing in a kosher environment.
It looks something like this: Esav pulls up to Yaacov's tent exhausted. With reckless ambition, he orders a bowl of lentil stew super-sized, pays with his birthright, and drives off gastronomically satisfied. And there you have it: the first drive-through in history. Sound familiar? While we have Esav to thank for this modern-day invention, more importantly his example is an admonition in preserving our own birthrights : our generations and our destinies. For in casting off his birthright so frivolously, he forfeited not only generational blessing and achievement, but also the chance to merit the world to come. If we can recognize the gravity of preserving and emboldening our present and future toldot (generations) by the very manner in which we feed our lives, not only will our very lives and destinies be impacted, but we will move the Malchut Shamayim (Kingdom of Heaven) ever closer.
The funny thing about searching for your bashert (your destined soul-mate), is that even when you find your bashert, you have only partly completed the task. For it is in helping our children through our sacred unions that they find their bashert, and finish the task which we started - to realize our own true destiny. In this mirroring dance of fates between our destiny and that of our children do we find our completion and our hope for the future. This couldn't be more true as we look into this week's parasha and see Avraham bury his beloved Sarah - his bashert - and at the same time move on to helping his son, Yitzchak, find his own destiny and carry on the promises given to Avraham and his progeny for all time.
As we journey through Parashat Lech Lecha, we are introduced to a covenant that will set Avraham and the Jewish people on a course destined for blessing, salvation, and eventually restoration. We witness the blessing of Avraham and the creation of a covenant which is to stand for all time; a covenant which, by its very nature, will allow Avraham to be a conduit of blessing for all who come into his presence. The manner in which this covenant is revealed to Avraham three times and also sealed presents us with a beautiful picture of how when Hashem communicated with Avraham on a deeply personal level, Avraham became so divinely inspired that every part of his being would be profoundly committed for his entire life This theme of mirroring the Divine Presence to others through covenantal blessing began with Avraham and continues today through us. As heirs of the covenantal blessing procured through our Messiah Yeshua, we have the opportunity to infuse holiness into those around us by tapping into the very essence of the Abrahamic Covenant and what it truly means to know our purpose.
They've done it again. The meteorologists have diagnosed a La Nina going strong in the Pacific Ocean. Colder than normal water in the Pacific Ocean spells only one outlook for those of us in the Pacific Northwest: a wetter than normal winter. Frankly, I can't imagine that this year could possibly hold more rain than last year. But can anyone anywhere else in the country really understand the ramifications of such a prophecy? Let me spell it out for you: Noach.
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