This week’s Torah portion, Behar-Bechukosai, continues on the theme of past parshios, suggesting that in an ideal world it is easier to reach higher levels of spirituality when our emphasis in life leans in a more spiritual direction. Our earthly aspirations can be used to enhance our avodas Hashem rather than remaining mundane, materialistic goals.
The Chofetz Chaim Al HaTorah, on a different parshah, explains this concept through a moshol. A man is summoned to the king and turns to his best friend to come along. Out of tremendous fear, the friend replies that he cannot join him. Realizing that going alone is not an option, he approaches his second-best friend, who agrees to accompany him but only to the gates of the palace. His third-best friend immediately and graciously agrees to travel with him, enter the palace gates, and to testify in any way that he can on his behalf. The nimshol, says the Chofetz Chaim, is based on an outlook on life. Unfortunately, the “best friend” of many people is all their material acquisitions and, while they can be willed over to children, they have no value to us once we leave this world. Our “second-best friend” is our friends and family, who can only accompany us to the cemetery, where we are placed for our eternal rest. The “third-best friend” is all our good deeds that we accomplished during our lifetimes. The tzedokoh that we gave, the school committees that we served on, our daily learning, the Nshei chessed activities that we performed are what really carry the day, as they accompany us to the olam ho’emes and are not fearful in the slightest of testifying on our behalf.
One of the chassodim that all our school parents, community, and friends are involved in is their unwavering support of the school and in trying to assist to raise the needed funds so that we can continue to provide financial aid, expand, or enhance our educational services, or simply to provide the Ner Lama’or, lighting the lamp – the daily electric bills that will pay for the increased cost of providing air conditioning for our students, a new service being offered this year.
This week is the last week to get ads into the Amudim Journal, and we are turning to all our parents and friends, asking them to please support the yearbook through their personal purchase of ads or the solicitation of ads in the Journal. Regardless of whether you personally know the honorees, your support allows the school to meet its obligations as mentioned above. Please see the enclosed letter with additional details. Please send in your ads before the deadline of May 23.
Let us reinforce the thoughts of the Chofetz Chaim, which encourage us to enhance spirituality in our lives through our acts of giving and caring for an institution that we all hold so dear.
Rabbi Peretz Scheinerman