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  • Writer's pictureRabbi David Paskin

You Raise Me Up

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From Rabbi David

This week's parsha begins with the words, "When you Raise." The context of these words is God instructing Moses to inaugurate the Levites for their service in the Mishkan (Tabernacle).

To raise someone up, as Moses does here, means more than just giving them a title or a certificate of completion. It means that these Levites are ready to accept upon themselves a sacred task. And because of the sanctity of both their preparation and the journey they are about to embark upon - Moses celebrates this transition by elevating them - raising them up.

Today, we raised up our PK4 students, physically by having them stand on the bimah, and spiritually by acknowledging that the learning and growing they have done and will continue to do is sacred work. But they also have raised us up. In their laughter, their tears, their learning and struggles they have allowed us to do our sacred work of teaching and raising children.

I am so proud of each and every one of them and know that they are ready for the sacred journey that lies ahead.

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