The Jewish and cinematic musings of the Rabbi of The Reform Temple of Rockland in Upper Nyack, New York.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
#blogExodus - 4 Nisan - Grow
As human beings, we tend to grow up and then we tend to grow out. But not everyone grows up, and certainly not everyone grows out. That being said, growth appears to be part of the natural condition. If we are not growing, we are stagnating. Therefore the emphasis is that we should always strive to grow not just in our physical presence, but also in our intellect and in our spiritual selves as well. The constant acquisition of knowledge along with new experiences help us grow as individuals. But it is only when we share what we have learned, that we help the world surrounding us to grow.
The Exodus was about taking a disparate group of people and helping them grow into a nation. This was facilitated by Moses and by the giving of structure and Torah, knowledge. They could not enter into the land of Canaan until God felt they had grown enough to begin to stand on their own two feet, metaphorically speaking. Until then, Moses was with them every step of the way, no matter how much the Israelites may have kvetched.
As Jews, we are commanded to share the knowledge given to the Israelites with our children, with their children, and with the world. Acquisition of knowledge for the sake of knowledge is viewed as a wasted endeavor. Instead with every step of growing, we should also be sharing. In this way we can all grow together.
Rabbi Sharff is the Senior Rabbi for The Reform Temple of Rockland in Upper Nyack, New York. He was raised in Houston, Texas where he discovered the acoustic and electric guitar while sitting in his dorm room one day. Rabbi Sharff graduated from the University of Texas and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
Rabbi Sharff is the rhythm guitarist for RTR's in House Band, and he also served as the editor for Howard Salmon's z"l Comic Book Siddur.