May 23, 2002
Whew! We seem to have finished a long stretch of holidays and observances. We started on Pesach and continued through Yom HaShoah, Yom HaAtzmaut, Lag B'Omer, Yom Yerushalayim and, finally, Shavuot. All these days span Jewish history from biblical to modern times. But they all have something in common. Can you guess what it is?
Our clue is in this week's portion, Naso, in the priestly blessing. In this blessing, the priests say, "May God bless you with many blessings; may God protect and always be near you, and may God bring you peace." It's great to be free from slavery; it's great to have our own country of Israel, where Jews from all over the world can find a place to belong, and it's great to be blessed with the Torah. But none of these is more important than peace. So, take a minute out of every day to pray. Pray for peace in Israel and for the entire world.