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Passing of the Greatest!


This coming weekend, on Shavuot, is the anniversary of two giants of Judaism: King David and Rabbi Yisroel Baal Shem Tov (affectionately known as just the Baal Shem Tov).

Both of these were tremendous Torah luminaries that bring out the purpose of the holiday of Shavuot.  Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai, 3,328 years ago.  King David really solidified the Jewish people living by the Torah.  He arranged for the Holy Temple to be built and organized the kohanim (priests) and levites into groups that serve in the Temple at certain times.

He is also, of course, the forerunner to the messiah, Moshiach, which will be the ultimate fulfillment of the Torah!

The Baal Shem Tov took it a step further and opened up the wellsprings of Chassidus, the inner dimension of the Torah.  Through his teachings, world Jewry was radically changed in a way that brought out the essence of what Shavuot is all about.

Interestingly, there is a story about Cassius Clay ordering cheesecake at Jack Dempsey’s restaurant, solidifying the custom to eat cheesecake on Shavuot 😉

We are now entering the book of Numbers, where the Jewish people are counted…again!  When you count how much of something you have, you show it’s preciousness.  Each Jew is so speacial in G-d’s eyes.  You don’t have to be King David or the Baal Shem Tov to make a difference and be appreciated.  G-d loves and needs each of us infintely because we ALL count!

~Rabbi Yossi
PS don’t forget your raffle tickets: you’ve gotta be in it to win it!

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