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What Really Matters

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From Rabbi David

Every once in a while I'm reminded to let go of the silly concerns, worries and frustrations and pay attention to what really matters. This happened again this past week when I was in Israel.


Whether I was picking avocados in Kibbutz Be'eri, singing with children displaced form the north in Tel Aviv or standing in solidarity with families of hostages in Hostage Square - each of these moments reminded me of how unimportant so many of my complaints truly are.


And then there was the time I spent with my daughter. I picked her up from her base near Netanya and had a long weekend with her on her kibbutz (Ein Hachoresh). She shared with me her stories, her struggles and her triumphs since arriving in Israel almost a year ago. She told me about her friends who were in the army right now in Gaza or who had been rushed to Sderot or the other surrounding communities on October 7. She told me about a friend of hers who was kidnapped and finally returned just this past Sunday night.


None of these experiences minimize the struggles I face on a day to day basis but they do put them in perspective. This past week I was reminded again to spend more time focusing on what really matters.

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