The Daily Portion / We are important

Every one of us is unique and has a part to play in the life of the nation.

Sivan Rahav-Meir ,

Sivan Rahav-Meir
Sivan Rahav-Meir
Eyal ben Ayish
I lectured last night at the air force base in Hatzerim. This was not an ordinary lecture, of course.

I gave the talk twice to two separate groups so that members of the audience could maintain strict social distancing. The lecture "hall" was actually an expanse of lawn next to the swimming pool on the base. Now and then helicopters could be heard buzzing overhead. I spoke on a podium far removed from the audience.

One of the commanding officers, without lowering his mask, opened the evening with these words:
"We are important. We are vital. If someone here tests positive for the coronavirus, he is likely to cause an entire squadron to enter isolation. Do you understand the signficance of this?" Everyone suddenly got serious and adjusted the mask more tightly on his face.

I thought to myself that this is a message that it is worthwhile for all of us to hear. We are important. We are vital. us.Every one of us is unique and everyone of us is connected to precious cyclical events and to the life of the nation that surrounds

Soon it will be Rosh Hashannah, the day on which every creature is counted for its unique importance and contribution to the miraculous phenomenon we call life. And this is affirmed in the words we add to the Rosh Hashannah Amidah, the silent prayer:

"Remember us for life, King who desires life, inscribe us in the Book of Life, for your sake, O living God."

Shana tova. Have a good new year.

Translation by Yehoshua Siskin