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Are you in a haze?

Updated: Aug 2, 2021

Much of Minnesota is experiencing an interesting phenomena, smoke from wildfires in Canada has traveled hundreds of miles and is covering many areas, including Duluth, in a smoky haze. It kind of looks like it's cloudy all day and people who have existing lung conditions may experience discomfort. As with any thing that happens in our lives, the Baal Shem Tov teaches us that we should learn a lesson in the service of G-d. So I came up with two.

  1. We are all interconnected. A fire burning in a foreign country hundreds of miles away has an affect on all of us. As Maimonides said we should view the world as a scale equally balanced between the good and the bad. One deed that we do can change the entire world. Do a mitzvah, change the world!

  2. When will the smoke go away? Apparently we are waiting for some wind that will arrive Tuesday that will blow the smoke back to Canada. Are meteorologists always right? Hardly. Yet we all await the gust that will clear our air with much anticipation. At this point in Jewish history we are in a haze. We are desensitized to G-dliness and spirituality and just like the sun this morning, we know it's there but can hardly see it. But the key to getting through it is knowing we are in a haze. The sun is shining behind the smoke. Our sages, who have a better track record then the weather man, have told us that redemption will soon come and we will see clearly again with the coming of Moshiach. May it be speedily in our days!

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I write this sitting on a plane as I head to my cousin's wedding (Mazal Tov Isaac & Dora!) with mixed feelings. Five years ago I sat on a plane as we moved to Duluth to strengthen the Jewish community


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