Shabbat Nugget: Still Not Retired At the Age of 99?!

In this week’s Torah portion, we read how G-d comes to pay Avraham a wellness visit after his circumcision at the age of 99.

When Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber of Lubavitch was a child of 5 years old, he went to his grandfather called the Tzemach Tzedek, crying with the complaint, “Why did G-d reveal himself to Abraham and not to us?  His grandfather responded, “If a Jew decides to circumcise himself at the age of 99 he is worthy of a divine revelation.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that the spiritual idea of circumcision is that a person must always remove the barriers that separate him from G-d.

What was so significant about Abraham’s circumcision was not that he followed G-d’s command, since Abraham had done difficult things for G-d in the past.  Rather it was the feeling that Abraham had that even at the age of 99 with his many great spiritual achievements, he still had a need to grow and reach new spiritual heights.

This lesson is especially pertinent as we begin a new Jewish year with new potential.

May we all experience new accomplishments in this new year including the coming of Moshiach speedily!

 

About Rabbi Pesach Scheiner

Rabbi Pesach Scheiner is the Rabbi of Boulder County Center for Judaism. In addition, he teaches extensively throughout Boulder County and is the author of "Finding the Joy in Everyday Living," a book of short chapters explaining the ways to access happiness through appreciation, gratitude, and a sense of purpose.

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