Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
So here we are in February 2021. That honestly was the fastest January in my 57 trips around the sun. Really was a blur. Came out of the gate on January 1 with COVID-19. Had a birthday on January 11. And then the rains came and we sported a roof leak at our house. One really needs to be fast on their feet in our world at present time. More and more friends are being vaccinated and maybe we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and the return of some of the cherished things we have been stripped of for almost a year now. A quiet dinner out with family and friends. Maybe a vacation? Get on a plane and see and experience a place that has been on our bucket list or just sit on a beautiful beach somewhere. Somewhere out of the fishbowl.
One way to get outside and get some fresh air right here and right now is by joining our Jewish community friends, safely, having a great time, exercising while doing a mitzvah all at the same time!! On Sunday, February 14 the annual Yeshiva High School of Arizona community Bike-A-Thon is being held at Mountain View Park. (Due to COVID, rides are staggered with a limited number of riders at a time with social distancing – see schedule for times and rides). Two new socially distant rides have been added. Plus, you end with a delicious lunch. You can join by signing up at here!
This week’s Torah portion is Yitro (Jethro) in the Book of Exodus, the second in the Five Books of Moses. In this portion, G-d proclaims the 10 Commandments to the Israelites seven weeks after the Exodus at the foot of Mount Sinai. The people cry out to Moses that this direct interaction with G-d is too much for them to bear. Too intense. They ask Moses to receive the Commandments from G-d and for him to convey it to them.
I couldn’t help think, after reviewing this portion, how “intense” the past year has been. Some have contracted COVID, myself and my family included. Some have lost jobs and loved ones. Some have lost money. Some then gained it back. Some made money in this environment. Most of us pine for the day, hopefully soon, that we can enjoy the simple pleasures of life with our parents, our children, grandchildren and friends.
A first step out into the fresh air for some might just be the Yeshiva High School of Arizona community Bike-A-Thon!
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