This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Sherri Mandell
Shavuot is called Matan Torah, the giving of the Torah. Although the Midrash says that G-d held a mountain over the Jewish people and forced them to accept it - the Torah was referred to as a gift. But in our days G-d does not force us to accept divine gifts. Sometimes we don't even see them.
Similarly, Psalm 145, recited three times each day and referred to in the blessing after meals, states, "You open your hand and satisfy the desires of all living things." But God doesn't just give to us. To receive the gift, we need take action, to reach out to the open hand.
According to Lewis Hyde, author of the book, The Gift
, "the essence of a gift is movement." When we pass a gift on to others the gift retains its energy. When we share our learning of Torah, it becomes a gift for others, an open hand.
The Koby Mandell Foundation receives gifts from our supporters that enable us to reach out to bereaved families, and to invite their children to Camp Koby. We have confidence that the gifts given to the children and families generate even more giving, that the bereaved families will be blessed to give in ways we have not yet imagined. Back to Main Blog Page