2/12/2015

Shabbat Mishpatim

Mevarchin Rosh Chodesh Adar next Friday
Candles 5:08pm
Havdalah 6:04 pm

“And they saw God and then they ate and drank.”

The Torah repeats part of the narrative of the Sinai revelation that we read last week. It is common for the Torah to go over a story and add new dimensions in order to convey additional lessons.

Last week we were told that the people had to wait at the bottom of the mountain while Aharon and the priests went half way up and only Moshe climbed to the summit to commune with God and receive the Torah. This week, towards the very end, we are told the Seventy Elders went up with the priests as well. And they “saw” God. By that is meant that they experienced a degree of enlightenment far more intense than the rest of the people down below.

But why does it say they then ate and drank?

Some people think that experiencing God or a mystical reality raises them up automatically to a higher level than ordinary mortals. But it does not in the sense that they still have to eat and drink and do all the physical things that everyone else has to. They are not super humans.

The fact that they ate and drank immediately afterwards teaches us that the spiritual world is there to help us live better and more meaningful lives, not necessarily to put us above other people. And this is reflected in the way we go about our lives daily, even in such mundane acts as the way we eat and drink.

Next Shabbat 21st we will be having another monthly special Shabbat Kiddush arranged by the new generation.

And the Purim Megilah will be read on Wednesday Evening March 4th