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The Importance of the Journey

Monday, 9 September, 2013 - 10:28 am

This week’s parsha, Ha’azinu, highlights the moment in the Torah when G-d asked Moses to climb Mount Nebo so he could see the Promise Land before his passing. G-d did not allow Moses to go into the Promise Land; he only allowed him to see it. Ha’azinu is in the Book of Deuteronomy, the final book of the Torah, and the parsha represents the end of the Jewish people’s trek through the desert. With these thoughts in mind, two motifs become apparent – visions and destinations. G-d and Moses’ vision is about to come into fruition, but Moses will not be able to continue with his people to reach their destination.

Every day, we are working towards accomplishing our goals, but as we see in this parsha sometimes our vision of the final destination may not come true. Moses’ life was not a destination – it was a journey. Although he never reached the Promise Land, Moses lived a life of fulfillment because he saved the Jewish people from hardship and oppression. Sometimes it’s not about reaching our destination or end goal. Rather, it’s about the journey – working hard, building a community, and learning about who we are – even if we don’t get there. As we transition into the new year, instead of beating ourselves up when we don’t accomplish a goal or reach a destination let’s look at the values we learn, the people we meet, and our self-actualization because that is what will help us lead a successful and happy life going forward.

Shabbat Shalom.

 Ryan Ladd is pictured below.


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