From Where Will My Bread Come?

Spring has sprung!

This photo of a robin’s nest was taken at the Chabad House at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Dovid snapped this photo just as the mother bird was returning with food for her young. This wasn’t the only bird’s nest we saw in recent weeks. Cornell is also lucky enough to be home to a red-tailed hawk that has made her nest on the cliff of one of the gorges. It was truly a phenomenal thing to see.

From Where Will My Bread Come?Young birds wait open-mouthed,
knowing fully that their nourishment will come only from their parents.
Though we must work to earn our bread,we cannot forget that the source of all blessing is our Ultimate Parent.
More after the jump!

This week’s caption is connected with the Torah portion for the following week, Shelach, which we will read this Shabbat afternoon.

In Parshat Shelach, the Jewish people send spies to Israel to bring back information about the land before entering it. Ultimately, they bring back a negative report which causes G-d to sentence them to an additional 40 years in the desert. It seems unfathomable that the Jewish people could be hesitant to enter a land that G-d Himself had promised to them. Yet, Chassidic philosophy explains that their fear was not of entering the land, but rather that they would have to adapt to a lifestyle considerably less spiritual than that which they had enjoyed in the desert.

While in the desert, the Jewish people received mon (sustenance) from Heaven and therefore did not have to occupy themselves with worldly matters at all. Once they would enter Israel, they would have to begin working the land in order to provide food for their families. One of the lessons that they were meant to learn during these extra 40 years in the desert was that the ultimate goal is not to isolate oneself and focus solely on spiritual matters, but rather, to be able to be involved in the physical world while recognising that G-d is the true provider of all of the blessings for sustenance.

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom!

Dovid and Miri

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