Do you ever feel like you are a wandering soul? Not really sure what brings you from one place to the next? Have you ever wondered why you live in a particular location – what circumstances brought you to your present place of residence, and what circumstances led your parents to the place you grew up in? Why your life trajectory is different from others?
The Jewish people have been wandering (and wondering why) for thousands of years. From the time Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise, it seems that our history has been one long wandering journey. From the time Abraham undertook his first trek – in response to the command: “Lech Lecha – Go for yourself…” – everyone of his descendants, generation after generation, until this very day, has wandered from place to place, from city to city, from country to country, from one hemisphere to another.
The Torah is basically a story of wandering – reflecting the wanderings of the Jewish people throughout history. And where is the greatest emphasis on these wanderings? In this week’s Torah reading – Parshat Behaalotecha.
Augmented with inspirational and mystical stories, this sermon offers a revolutionary perspective into the deeper meaning of our life wanderings – one that reveals an extraordinary view of our own lives today, especially as we begin to make our summer travel plans.