The ability to renew ourselves is hard-wired into our being. It is the active ingredient of our “Tzelem Elokim” – the Divine image in which we are created. This same ability for self-renewal is built into the universe and is reflected in the renewal of the moon every lunar cycle. When G-d presented to Israel the tracking and determining of the new moon each month as Israel’s first commandment to perform as a new nation still in Egypt, He was hard-wiring the propensity for self-renewal into the DNA of the national character of Israel. Israel’s monthly celebration of renewal will be shared with all the nations in the rebuilt Holy Temple.
Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)
Parashat Bo is read on Shabbat:
Shevat 6, 5776/January 16, 2016