“When we tell our own stories, are we being honest with ourselves?” asks Rabbi Shira Gluck. In this week’s parashah, Moses recounts his receiving the Ten Commandments and then smashing them. Why? “For the sake of his own wholeness. The broken pieces were not buried or kept secret; they were placed in the Ark of the Covenant. We can truly thrive only when we remember — and tell — our whole story.”
“In the Kabbalistic telling, creation begins with a shattering that releases something sacred,” says Rabbi Shira Gluck. “Brokenness is at the very root of being. On this Shabbat Chazon — the Shabbat of vision — which punctuates a period of destruction and mourning, we can choose to see a crisis as a breaking point or as a breakthrough. All change brings some kind of loss, but loss and growth walk hand-in-hand.”
"Attuning ourselves to the small miracles of everyday life may help us move forward,” says Rabbi Shira Gluck. "This can be a sprout of hope as we wander the wilderness of this time, as our ancestors wandered the wilderness of Sinai.”
On Shabbat Shekalim, we read that each Israelite was required to contribute a half-shekel as an offering to God. “The half-shekel is about each Israelite having representation and an equal voice,” says Rabbi Shira Gluck. As Jews outside of Israel, we can make our voices heard by voting in the World Zionist Congress elections.