Hope all is well.
We just returned from Toronto where we spent the holiday of Shavuot with family.
… Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
It’s what made us a People. And what made all Jews one.
There are times that we feel it very strongly.
Because when Jews are being threatened?
We all come together.
In a beautiful way!
But then there are times that we need to be reminded.
… I had one of those “we’re all one” moments in Toronto.
It was Friday right after Shavuot and I walked to the supermarket with my son Ari.
And as we approached the home where we were staying?
I noticed that his yarmulke was missing!
It must have blown off as we ran across this huge street.
It seemed highly unlikely that I would find it.
But I dropped Ari off and headed back.
(One benefit to going right out?
I didn’t have to be there as my wife “discovered” that everything I bought was wrong!)
As I headed down the block I heard someone yelling.
“Excuse me! Excuse me!”
I turned around and saw a woman that looked like she just finished a marathon!
She was running towards me. And she was waving something.
“I saw it blow off and ran after it. Then I tried running after you. But I lost you.
I’m so happy I found you!”
… I was very touched by what she did!
I took the yarmulke and thanked her profusely.
And she says, “My pleasure.
… I don’t know what “kind” of Jew she is.
But one thing I do know.
And we both felt it as she handed me the yarmulke.
We’re brother and sister.
Because we stood together at Mount Sinai!
… So let’s not wait until there is, G-d forbid, another war.
And not even for someone’s yarmulke to blow off!
Let’s remind ourselves that we are all one!
All the best,