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Masks

 

A timely message my wife shared on Facebook today: 

Mask. Definition - to cover or conceal.

I'm not gonna lie. It's hard to see my 3 year old so naturally embrace wearing a mask and this whole new strange reality. There is something quite sad about this scene.

From my perspective, with my eyes barely peeking over my own mask, i see a reality where connecting to one another is so difficult. I miss seeing the beautiful smiles surrounding us. Having to be physically distant can make me feel emotionally distant too. I feel like emotions are hidden and warmth is concealed.

But then I look at my son. His eyes are sparkling with joy and excitement. He shares a big smile with everyone he meets. A smile that literally pops out the sides of his mask and in turn invites smiles from those around. I open my own eyes to a different reality, the TRUE reality. Kindness is everywhere. The eyes are the window to the soul and each individual is a beautiful soul ready to help and quick to share a kind word. Nothing can stop us from being strong and united.

This world sometimes feels like it's masked. The beauty is concealed and it seems like a raging jungle. However, we know that is just a facade. We need to look deeper to see the G-dliness and holiness within. And not only should we open our eyes to reality, but we can actually CHANGE our reality by shining a light through doing acts of goodness and kindness. A little light dispels a lot of darkness and one little candle can light up millions of others and brighten up our world, until it resembles the beautiful garden it truly is.

I pray that all masks and facades should be ripped off very soon bringing an era of peace and redemption to this world.

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Pinchas Adler              

 

Peace

Dear Friends,

Great is peace, as the whole Torah was given in order to promote peace in the world, as it is stated, "Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace". (Maimonides)

As Jewish people we pray every day for the Moshiach. Is the era of Moshiach some fairy tale? No Heaven forbid! It is a real time in which the whole world will be at peace. 

How do we get there?

Simple. As the Rebbe told us repeatedly, it's just one line "increase in acts of goodness & kindness".

If we want to see peace on this earth, we can't just pray for it, each and every one of us needs to add in our own lives in "goodness & kindness". Two simple words yet a powerful mandate.

We can all live peacefully, we will live peacefully, the question is not if but when. If we all add in goodness and kindness, that day will be here sooner than you think.

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Pinchas Adler

P.S Hope to see you today for spirits, song & story @ 7:00 PM

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