Rabbi's Message - April 2022 - How To Make a Connection?

Dear Friends,

In a world of global imaging, conferencing,

and texting we can often feel a

split, a severe or even disconnection.

We check our technology, and sometimes

we even blame the service

provider or technician, for our technology

not working properly. If we think about it for a

moment; it is all about “being connected.”


In the book of Bamidbar (Book of Numbers) Chapter 25

verse 12, I am quoting the Etz Hayim commentary, (page

918) which teaches us; “In verse 12, the letter vav in

shalom in the Torah scroll is written with a break in its

stem. We know that the Hebrew word “Shalom” means

“peace”, but we may not know, that it comes from the root

“Shalem”, meaning whole or united (by the way; one of Gd’s

names is Shalom, Talmud Shabbat 10b). In other

words, we must be united, connected to one another, to

find peace, make peace, or even pursue peace in our

lives. We must reach out to others’ needs and listen more

to their stories, rather than only talking about our own

problems. We must stretch ourselves a little bit more for

the other person in his/her struggle or time of suffering, in

order to fix that broken “vav” in the word “Shalom.” In our

busy world, we need to connect with others, especially in

our family, and our community, in order to make our surroundings

and our behaviors more “peaceful”. As Rabbi

Menachem Mendel Schneerson zt”l teaches this idea,

through a Kabbalistic lens in his book, ‘Toward a

Meaningful Life,’ and I quote, “And yet this is precisely

what G-d wants: that our ‘dark’ and ‘lowly’ world obscure

its connection to the divine, so that man, out of his/her own

free will, would choose to peel back the successive layers

of the container to reveal the light. And to facilitate that

process, G-d created different steps along the way, a ladder

by which man can climb ever upward and unite with

his/her Creator. A man visited a rabbi to complain how difficult

his life was, with problems at home and work. He

said that no matter how hard he tried to work out these

problems, he made no progress. The rabbi suggested

that the Biblical verse about Jacob’s dream would provide

an answer. He explained, ‘Jacob dreamed that a

ladder was standing upon the ground and its top

reached up toward heaven. G-d’s angels were ascending

and descending on it. Suddenly, Jacob saw G-d

standing over him… and G-d said, ‘I am with you.’

(Genesis 28:12, 13, 15). The rabbi paused and looked

at the man. “Why were the angels first going upward

and then downward, when angels come from heaven?

he asked. ‘Because a person must first build a ladder

climbing upward from his/her material life toward spirituality.

Then his/her actions sanctify his/her entire

life, creating ‘angels’ that climb upward. And when they

return downward, G-d will appear with them and

respond to your prayers.” (adapted by Rabbi Simon

Jacobson, Chapter 26 on “Unity” page 242, Wm. Morrow &

Co. Inc. NY)


May G-d accept our prayers for those who are suffering,

by keeping this idea in our thoughts, minds and actions, as

we too, make


If anyone knows of someone who is ill or has

passed or is in some other need please call or

email me directly so that I can make contact with

them. My number is 305-338-3029 and my email is


DSchonblum@yahoo.com


Rabbi Schonblum

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