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You Want Me To Go Where?

Posted on 10/26/2012 @ 08:11 PM

What if I told you to pick up your life and leave it for a new one? This place is nowhere close, unknown, and you won’t be able to go back. It will not be an easy trip and you will face challenges you’ve never dreamed of.

To most of us, leaving a familiar place sounds unfathomable. Yet, this is what Abram (eventually, Abraham) does when God tells him to do so in this week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha. And, in many ways blindly following someone else’s lead is actually not far removed from our everyday lives. Every day, in BBYO offices across the globe, teens walk in with a vision that we can’t really see. They see their future and need us to go with them. As professionals we are tasked with many things; It is important that we know that one of our most important roles is taking that blind step with our teens.

At staff conference we talked about the idea of building a “yes, and” culture -- one that accepts the challenges, the crazy, the impossible and responds with energy and positivity -“yes, and...” It is important that the “and” can encompass many things, but that all of them build to the challenge of shepherding our teens on a journey of change for themselves, the Jewish community, and the world. The change they dream is often “unfathomable” to those on the outside. We must accept that what will come might currently look dark, but that if we want to understand we must light the torch and begin walking together.

As those that get the honor of walking with these teens, we are blessed to be the agents of the agents of change.

How will you say “yes, and” to lead BBYO teens onto the path of change this week?

(this Shabbat message was crafted by Mitch Liebeskind, BBYO Director, Baltimore and Mikah Goldman, International Program Associate)

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