Parashat Yitro
February 2, 2018
17 Shevat 5778

Candle lighting: 5:03 p.m.

Dear Friends:

As I was reading through our Torah portion this week, I could not help but draw a parallel between the Israelites journey to the promised land, to that of of my beloved Eagles, on their road to the Super Bowl this Sunday.

On one side, you have the fledgling Israelite nation, grinding and struggling, beaten and bruised by their task masters, against the overpowering, abusive, and corrupt Egyptian Empire. If I were a betting man, whatever the point spread might be, I would have taken Pharaoh and the Egyptians in a heartbeat. But if the story of the Exodus from Egypt and much of Jewish history teaches us anything, it's that on any given Sunday, with the grace of God, the underdog always has a chance. And whether you are an Israelite fan or an Eagles fan, I think the key to success is embedded deep within this week's Torah reading.

In our Torah portion, God tells Moses that God brought them out of Egypt on " Kanfei Nesharim" on the "wings of eagles." I cannot think of a better omen to remind us, that if we have faith in ourselves, no matter the point spread, with the grace of God, the underdog can always find a way. We have all been there before, overlooked, counted out, or left for dead. We have found ourselves fighting the all powerful Pharaoh or the invincible Tom Brady with nothing but a slingshot or a backup quarterback. But, if we continue to believe in ourselves and our own abilities, we too can be carried to the promised land on the "wings of eagles."

Fly Eagles Fly!

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom ,

Rabbi Josh
Torah School Shabbat & Gimmel Siddur Presentation: 6:15 p.m. 
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