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On the Road Again- A traveling Shabbat Message

Posted on 11/30/2012 @ 07:11 PM

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” -Ernest Hemingway

In this week’s parsha, Vayishlach, Jacob journeys back to Canaan after a 20 year stay in Charan. These years, if you recall, happened after he fled Canaan following some mayhem Jacob caused with his family. Jacob is a little anxious about returning home and about his relationship with his brother. Fortunately, the story turns out to have a happy ending -- Esau and Jacob reunite, and Jacob is renamed, “Israel” (he who prevails over the divine) after a fight with an angel. Just a regular day with a typical family.

Journeys are not easy, and it’s often hard to predict where they will end up. As a BBYO professional, I consider myself to be supporting and helping every teen find their journey throughout BBYO and hopefully their future. We are lucky to have the opportunity to provide many different paths for them to choose from, and we hope that they learn from whatever choices they make. Like Jacob, teens must decide if they will come home, if they will wrestle with tradition, if they will adopt a new name and a new identity as they move through life.

While we consider our work as creating journeys for teens, our own personal journeys are still unfolding. We are in a different place than our teens -- some of us have families, we all have careers, but we are all still continuing on our own personal journeys.

Although you’ve come far on your journey, there is so much more to accomplish. This Shabbat lets all take a step back from navigating other’s paths to take a look at our own. As our life’s journey unfolds, where have you been and where do you want to go?

This week’s Shabbat message was created by Kevin Falik, Memphis BBYO Program Director

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