To freedom, with thanks

Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein

When we learn Torah, we free ourselves from the constraints of our lives. We soar above the limitations of the world, and view the world from G-d’s perspective. We rise above our personal circumstances, and see the big picture. As the mishna in Pirkei Avot says (6:2) “There is none as free as the person involved in the study of Torah.”

When we learn Torah, we connect in a way that is profoundly liberating. We connect with ultimate truth, with our Divine values. We connect with generations of Jews who came before us, who, like us, delved into the wisdom of our sacred heritage. We connect with each other – with those who teach us and those who learn from us. We connect with Hashem, Himself.

And so, as we celebrate this Shavuot under the constraints of a country and a world still reeling from the effects of a global pandemic, let us find our freedom in learning our Torah. As we learn, let us liberate ourselves in a deep spiritual sense, reconnecting with the joy and beauty of Hashem’s Torah and the light of its wisdom which brightens our lives and our world.

Though we are in our homes and not in our shuls, this Unity Tikkun Leil Companion can keep us company over Shavuot. And it can be our portal to freedom.

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the rabbis and rebbetzins of our community who dedicated time and effort to share their words of wisdom with us. Their wonderful writings fill these pages, liberating us, gifting us the beautiful experience of learning Torah, and connecting us to the Source of all life.

As we celebrate the incredible gift of G-d’s Torah this Shavuot, we pray to Him that He bless us, our families, our community, our country, and our world with health and healing.

With blessings,

Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein

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