Shabbat Shalom from the Sylvan Adams Ym-Ywha. This week’s #Shabbat Shalom greeting comes from Rabbi Michael Whitman, Rabbi at the ADATH.
This Shabbat is called Shabbat Shuvah, after this week’s Haftorah (Passage from the Prophet Hoshea). The prophet calls us to return to God, promising us that whatever our shortcomings, God is waiting to embrace us, with all anger subsided.
One particular line holds deep meaning for me. It expresses a truth of geography and theology at the same time. “Eheye K’Tal L’Yisroel – I (God) will be like dew for Israel.” In Israel, rain is unpredictable. There is a rainy season and a dry season. But often there is not enough rain, and sometimes there is a ruinously large amount of rain leading to flooding an destruction during the rainy season. And paradoxically, rain during the dry season can cause damage to crops. Rain is undependable, and potentially dangerous. For this reason, we pray for the right amount of rain to start and stop at the right times.
Dew is different. Dew is always present, every morning, every season, always gentle, doing its dependable job of providing just what is needed – never too much and never too little. Never causing harm.
“Eheye K’Tal L’Yisroel – I (God) will be like dew for Israel.” God provides dew in Israel (and around the world), which is a blessing that is secure and stable and reliable. And in this passage, God promises He will treat us the same. God is always present, always gentle, even when we don’t perceive it – God’s divine dew is there for us.
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