On Shabbat morning during Passover, Rabbi Samantha Natov discussed Moses' crisis of faith which paralleled that of the Israelites', leading them to create the Golden Calf. "The first thing Moses says to God is: 'Oh, please, let me behold Your presence.'" God lets Moses see His back as He passes by — a perfect metaphor for the experience of faith.
On the morning of Passover and with spring in the air, Rabbi Samantha Natov spoke about how our history and practicing gratitude for even the smallest things helps us to be resilient in tough times like these.
In Parashat Yitro, God gave the Israelites His 10 commandments, and in so doing blessed them with love. “God shows God’s love for us by giving us the Torah,” says Rabbi Samantha Natov. “And as we immerse ourselves in its teachings, we learn how to love well.”
Rabbi Samantha Natov recounts a particularly good day made so by cheerful people around her. “Our surroundings are the context within which we operate," she says. “Imagine how your day-to-day interactions would change if you tried to let love and compassion lead.”
Outraged after the latest attack on Jews at a kosher marketplace in Jersey City this week, Rabbi Samantha Natov asks and answers: “What can we do about the rise in anti-Semitism? We need to fight it – on every level, in every place and with everything we have.”