Shabbat Matot-Masei
July 29-30, 2022 - 2 Av 5782
Shalom Shaarei Kodesh,

I'm writing to you from Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, Georgia. I want to begin by thanking our leadership who gives me the opportunity to give back to the Jewish world by being here and also giving me an opportunity to connect with our campers from Shaarei Kodesh. Despite some challenges with Covid, our Shaarei Kodesh campers are having an incredible summer! 

For those who do not know, I was on staff at Camp Ramah Darom, the Conservative movement’s camping movement, starting in 1998, the second year of the camp’s existence. At the time, it was about half the size, both in campers and staff, but also in the places built. With every passing year, more and more places were built, and with every new place, a new part of the camp was discovered by campers and staff alike. Incredible experiences happen in these places year after year. Each experience is different, and yet, they are similar. 

In this week’s double parashah, Matot-Masei, we read a review of the list of places that Bnai Israel went in the wilderness. The places are read with a special trope, and, it can seem a bit repetitive and a little tedious. However, imagine if you visited those places and had experiences, both positive and negative, in them. In many ways, this is the story of our lives. If we give ourselves the time to reflect, we revisit the places in our lives where we fell short, where we triumphed, where we experienced God, where we fell in love, where our hearts were broken, where we healed, and through it all, we recognize how we’ve grown.

There is a hidden message in this list of places. A midrash teaches: “It is like the case of a king whose son was ill. He took him to a certain place to cure him. On their return journey, his father began to recount all the stages, saying: “Here we slept; here we cooled ourselves; here you had a headache.” So God said to Moses: “Tell them all the places where they provoked Me.”

My friend, Rabbi Jeff Salkin, taught the following about this midrash, “God remembers every step on the Jewish people’s journey. It’s like your parents keeping old photographs of you from when you were growing up. You were not always an easy child. But your parents like looking at the photographs and remembering, and hopefully you do too. Second, what goes for the ancient Israelites goes for us. Each of us is a product of a journey that is both ancient and modern.”

One of my favorite aspects of being at camp is to see our campers from Shaarei Kodesh have their own holy experiences in the same places where Alissa and I did over the years. It is truly an honor to see our children grow in this magical place.

I'd like to end with an article where I was interviewed by the national director of Camp Ramah, (at the time) Rabbi Mitch Cohen, which highlights the 'magic' I've experienced through my years at Camp Ramah.

I wish you all a Shabbat Shalom and look forward to seeing you all in two Shabbatot back in Boca Raton!

Rabbi David Baum
is on hiatus for the Summer.
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Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat Services will resume on August 12.
Shabbat Matot-Masei

Saturday, July 30, 2022
9:30 AM ET

In-Person and on Zoom
Vaccination and Masks Strongly Encouraged but Not Required

D'var Torah by Rabbi Ed Bernstein

Cantor Hadash - Numbers 33:50-34:15
Jack Dembowitz - Numbers 34:16-34:29
Matt Weiss - Numbers 35:1-35:8
Matt Weiss - Numbers 35:9-35:15
Lenny Berkowitz - Numbers 35:16-35:29
Ephraim Samit - Numbers 35:30-35:34
Ephraim Samit - Numbers 36:1-36:13
Ephraim Samit - (M) Numbers 36:10-36:13
Ellen Comisar - Haftarah - Jeremiah 2:4-2:28; 3:4
Meeting ID: 882 0065 3129 Passcode: 910086

Alexander & Rachel Baum
Nan Berkowitz
Stacie & Jeff Brody
Sue and Ben Eisenberg
Bernard and Ann Grossman
Kol Isha Sisterhood of CSK
Scott Reiter
Judy & Gary Richman
Diane and Robert Salamon
*Thank you to Bagel Twins for donating bagels for our Kiddush!
*Please note that ONLY the bagels, bialys, and pocket rolls from Bagel Twins at 5130 Linton Blvd are considered kosher (dairy) and are under the supervision of Rabbi Lester Herring.