The Jewish nation in the desert had their basic needs looked after. The manna satisfied their hunger, and they were sheltered from the elements. They were removed from responsibility and chose to focus on intellectual pursuits. They were known as a generation of texts and theories, they were removed from true life experiences and real world interaction.
When presented with the plan to settle into the Holy Land, they were instructed to live a different life: והתחזקתם ולקחתם מפרי הארץ והימים ימי בכורי ענבים. You shall be courageous and take from the fruit of the land.” It was the season when the first grapes begin to ripen.
The expectation to work the land, and the need to interact closely with the world to survive and thrive. The glorious summer fruit was in full bloom. This new lifestyle was about living Judaism and experiencing life in full colour.
At first, they balked at this shift, overwhelmed and uncomfortable with the new burdens and expectations.
It is not enough to read about life in theory, a whole new dimension is revealed when it is experienced.– Rabbi Shmulik Yeshayahu
With this move to Israel, they were meant to truly experience the land and enjoy the world, to really live.
This new generation…and all the generations after must learn to open themselves up to new experiences: to find joy, purpose, and exuberance in living.
Let us experience life to the fullest, be open to new opportunities, feel the earth in our hands, enjoy the fruit…really taste and savour it all.
It is not enough to read about life in theory, a whole new dimension is revealed when it is experienced.
Embrace life fully, jump in with two feet and hold on with both hands…it’s a wild ride, but oh so worth it. Do it fully with no reservations…put down the book, stop studying it only in theory…Judaism is meant to be lived and experienced.