A Bissel to Nibble – A Short Shabbat Reflection from the Weekly Torah Portion by Rabbi Mark

*Bissel: (bis-sel) Yiddish.  Meaning: “a little.” “Give me a bissel lox on my bagel, would you, darling?” A biselleh is even less.

Served each Friday afternoon, noonish.

Parshat Lekh Lekha (Genesis 12:1-17:27)

“G-d said to Avram, ‘Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  I will make you a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you shall be a blessing…and Avram went forth.”

Doorway at Schwetzinger Schloss, Germany

Where do you want to go next in your own journey?

In our own lives, it can sometimes be hard just to get out the door in the morning (my challenge with little ones at home), or to get going on a project or ‘to-do’ item, much less to leave our physical place, our family and friends, and all that is familiar.  It is often much easier to just stay where we are in our lives, with what we are used to, even in our spiritual lives.  We know what to expect, how to prepare ourselves and can generally anticipate what comes next.  Sometimes though, in order to grow, to find wholeness and blessing, and to fulfill our namesake and purpose, we must move from where we are to the more unfamiliar.  In time we will adapt, and again learn to prepare, and to anticipate what comes next.  It is in moments of transition though where we can learn more about our own resilience, our own ‘traveling song,’ and ultimately, ourselves.

Where do you want to go next in your own journey?

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Mark

About Gabriele Lange

Multi Media Consultant in SF Bay Area WebDesign at City College 2008-2011 Professional Photographer since 1998 Lived in Berlin, Germany between 1987-1994
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