One of the great dilemmas of our time is relevance of Judaism to our personal lives. Most Jews – especially the younger generation – simply don’t find a resonating message in Torah. Inevitably, they seek other options…
One word in this week’s Torah portion – korov (close) – contains the secret to solving this dilemma. And, of all places, modern technology – the devices we all carry 24/6 – teaches us the power of this one word. So the next time you speak to yourself or your youth about Judaism, all you need to do is look at your smart phone and you’ll have your best and most exciting answer to why it matters to be a Jew today.
Applying the Internet as a metaphor, there are two ways we can approach a personal relationship with Judaism and the Torah: [A] As a dialup connection, which requires cords, is extremely slow, fickle and frustrating; and [B] As a WiFi connection, which is fast, built in, across all devices, and is easily accessible.
This week’s Torah portion states that the Torah is close to every single person. What free public WiFi is to a laptop, the Torah is to a Jew – readily accessible! All that is required is for us to click open the device of our choice.
What better way to prepare for the New Year?