Grace

Can’t you see
I’m trying to be
All that you
want of me

But it’s so cold now
It’s so dark here
What could I do
It’s not very clear

Chorus

Shine a little light
Show us the way
Lead us to
a brighter day

Shine a little light
Show us the way
Lead us to a brighter day

If I’m a little light
You’re a little light
Together we are
So very bright

A little light here
A little light there
See the smiles
It’s so very clear

Chorus

Bridge

When we stand together as one,
there’s nothing that we cant do
so lets lead the way,
to a brighter day
and the whole world will join along

We can bring a brighter day
for everyone,
it’s only up to me and you
we can see it, we all believe it,
so let us shine our light right now..

Chorus

Shine a little light
Show us the way
Lead us to
a brighter day

Shine a little light
Show us the way
Lead us to a brighter day”

-Yitzi Hurwitz

A soft spoken not bitter man whose childhood was spent in a concentration camp, whose mother was taken away from him , speaks without bitter words, with gratitude that he was saved, he seeks meaning in the numbers tattooed on his arms as a small child, did the numbers tattooed cruel on a child’s arm adding to the  the number 23,but what does the number 23 mean? years of  not having any clue the boy grew up to be a man and then a father and grandfather when someone in his synagogue offers him a solution , the 23rd Psalm   that promises the divine presence everywhere . 

The man feels he was never alone in his ordeal, an orphan in a Nazi concentration camp, there was something he wanted to believe, that he felt the grace of a higher force that kept him alive through faith; 

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”

— Psalm 23:1-6

How can we find meaning in such a cruel world where children could be treated like this ? 

Tonight as i sat looking through a photo album “Humans of New York ” , so many stories, it is like Eli Wiesel said 

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”

Elie Wiesel, from Night

And yet Eli Wiesel, who left our world this summer , had also said in one of his books that G-d loves stories which is why he made mankind. 

What kind of cruel creator could have allowed the destruction of those he had created? Innocent children led to their slaughter? 

One can very well ask or one can decide to seek signs for providence, for grace for having survived. 

It is not judging those who become bitter by life’s disappointments, hardships and many tragic moments, big and small, but Grace, the lady who showed up at the book store and delighted me with her enthusiasm and friendly smile, had reminded me of a very important quality that is difficult to define but is as good as answer as possible , Grace, for the grace that makes the impossible possible, for the grace that allows life to thrive despite many tests and trials.

What do you do when you find yourself, full of life, in the prime of your life, diagnosed with a disease in which your body becomes a corpse, you are unable to move, a prisoner in your body?

Even then Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz continues to write his  weekly blog  commenting on the bible able to use only the movement of his eyes and he is also always smiling, despite what some might think is a curse, he turned that difficult situation to a blessing, that allows him to continue to seek the light even in the most difficult fate, he turns his life around, he is able to light up a room with his smile; see for yourself!

 

 

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Peace, light and love

 

and here is the blog

http://www.yitzihurwitz.blogspot.com

written with the light of his eyes , his mind and his heart and grace that allows him

to continue to work as a teacher:

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2016
Solidification Of Our Dynasty
Audio Version By Rabbi Sholem Perl
Print Version
The Haftora for parshas Chayei Sarah, is the beginning of first chapter of the book of Melachim Alef (Kings I). Where it tells us, that “King David became old, he came with his days.” Just like our parsha tells us, that “Avraham became old, he came with his days.” This is the first connection between the Haftora and the parsha. “He came with his days,” means, that all his days were full and accounted for.

How does the rest of the Haftora connect with the parsha?

The Haftora tells us, that when David was at an advanced age, his eldest living, extremely handsome and spoiled son, Adoniyahu, sought to claim David’s throne, knowing that his younger brother Shlomo was meant to be king after David.

With the guidance of the prophet Noson, Shlomo’s mother Bas Sheva, went to David and let him know what was happening. David reassured her, reiterating the promise he made earlier, that her son Shlomo would reign after him. She bowed and prostrated before the king and said, “May my master King David live forever!”

Here we find another similarity between the Haftora and the parsha. In the parsha Avraham makes his younger son Yitzchak his sole heir, just as King David made Shlomo, his younger son, the heir to his throne.

However, our parsha continues to tell us of how Avraham gave Yitzchak everything making him his heir in his lifetime. It also tells us what happened after Avraham died, that Hashem blessed Yitzchak, just as He blessed Avraham.

On the other hand, the prevailing custom is to end the Haftora after King David’s promise to Bas Sheva, while the continuing verses tell us how he had Shlomo anointed as king during his lifetime. It also tells us what happened after David died, that Shlomo sat on the throne.

It would make sense to continue reading on, being that the events parallel the events of the parsha so closely. Why don’t we continue?

The law is, that the royal Davidic dynasty is everlasting and must go from David and through Shlomo. Moshiach will be heir to the throne of King David, specifically through Shlomo. So until Shlomo became king the Davidic dynasty was not solidified.

The heirs to Shlomo’s throne were intrinsically royal and did not need to be anointed. Sometimes they would be anointed just to clarify who was king, when there was a dispute and to demonstrate that he alone was king.

The Jewish dynasty started with Avraham, but must go through Yitzchak and his son Yaakov. Everyone who comes from Avraham, through Yitzchak and Yaakov is intrinsically Jewish.

Since the Jewish dynasty would not be solidified until Yaakov comes into the picture, which happens in the next parsha, the Haftora stops before the Davidic dynasty is solidified.

Now we have another reason we read this Haftora. The establishment of the Davidic dynasty is the final solidification of the Jewish nation. Before the Jewish people had a king, they were not unified. It was the appointment of David that unified the Jewish people under one everlasting rulership. So our Haftora is the completion of the events of the parsha.

May the events that began in our parsha and continued in the Haftora, come to the ultimate completion. When our Davidic king, Moshiach, once again ascends the throne. May it happen soon.

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