Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
Things have really started to heat up out there in the Valley. At this writing, it is 111 degrees in Scottsdale with much higher temps predicted for the remainder of the week.
Things are also heating up in Israel. This past weekend, the unusual coalition that will make up Israel’s new government will include parties made up of Arab Israelis, the center left, as well as the far right (not including Ultra-Orthodox Haredi parties). Naftali Bennett, the New Prime Minister, declared “I am proud that I can sit in a government with people with very different views…”
Bibi Netanyahu steps down after 12 consecutive years as Prime Minister and three additional years before that when he was Israel’s youngest Prime Minister ever at the age of 46. Time will tell what this new Israeli Government will be able to accomplish.
On a personal note, I am thrilled to be traveling with my wife Lori to St. Louis this week to see our daughter Danielle and our son in law, Colin, for the first time in a year and a half. We are all very eager to catch up and to share long overdue hugs! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Father’s Day.
This week’s Torah portion is Chukat (Statue) in The Book of Numbers, the fourth in the five books of Moses. In it Moses is told by G-d to speak to a rock and command it to give water. In his frustration with the people of Israel, Moses gets angry and hits the stone and still water draws from it. Nonetheless, G-d informs him that neither he nor Aaron will enter the Promised Land.
The learning from the portion is that “ends truly do not justify the means.” We need to be very attentive to the way we go about our business so that we do so in the correct way. May this lesson be learned and instituted by the newest and latest Government of Israel. May they be strong and a source of blessing for our Jewish family who live there and to the other more than half of the Jewish world who live outside its borders.
Light candles Friday evening at 7:23pm
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 8:24pm
Wishing all the fathers out there a happy and a healthy Father’s Day.
Wishing all of you a Shabbat Shalom.
President & Chief Executive Officer
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