This show was uploaded on Wednesday evening, with a happy play list. However, had we been allowed back into the studio again for live shows, I would have broadcast a show to reflect the tragedy at Mt Meron, this morning. With that said, there are still things to be happy and hopeful for. Theists try to look for meaning in everything, even when there does not seem to be any in plain sight. Like the rest of the socalled free world, Jews have a cosmic diversity in opinion when it comes to religious practice, political alignment, and our imersion into the secular world. The Jews are currently half way through the counting of 49 days to Matan Torah (the giving of the Torah on Sini). The arrival of Shavuos where we decided to receive the Torah is always the relief, as these days have held many harrowing times throught the centuries of our survival. Therefore, it is good to give thanks for what is good, share in our collective hardship, and that of the entire world in this unprecidented era.
Jeremiah 18:1-6 "The words with out sounds that were recieved by Yirmiyahu from God said. Arise and go down to the Potters House, and there I will allow you to hear my message. Then I went down to the Potter's House', and behold He was working at the wheels (all at once). And the vessel He made of clay was ruined in the hand of the Potter; So He made it again, another vessel, as it seemed good for the Potter to do. Alas the message of God was upon me saying. O house of Israel, can't I do with you as this Potter? said God. Behold, just as the clay is in the Potter's hand, so are you in my hand, oh House of Israel."
The above verse from Jeremiah is one of the main focal points of our annual Day of Judgement, Yom Kippur. Why? We all think that we can shape our own vessel, but it's not the case. We can't add the water, need the dough, or choose the bank that our clay will come from. Maybe and only maybe with God's will and a lifetime of hardwork, we can choose the glaze. The forever balance between Bechira Chofshi, and Hashgacha Pratis, the balance between the power to choose what is right and Divine Providence is always in flux both personally, people wise, and as citizens of Earth. Amen