Many people think that religion and regular, mundane life are two oppisites. “When I pray, or learn torah, that is my spiritual time, and afterwards when I go to work, or meet with friends, that is not an environment worthy of inviting god. That is ‘secular time’.”
The Torah is teaching us that the opposite is true! “For hashem your god walks within your camp.” Wherever a jewish person is, at home at work, or in the synagogue, hashem is there with him, in his “camp”. There is no aspect of Life devoid of Him, and the jewish people, through learning torah and living a torah centered life, are able to sanctify and and bring god into even the most mundane of situations.
As my wife Hannah and I bring our second week in Mississippi to a close, we realize that even here in a very unjewish place, there is opportunity and potential to plant the seeds of torah and to increase awareness of God.
I want to thank all of those who have helped to support us until now, and to ask for your continued support at this crucial time as we put the finishing touches on our new Chabad center.
May you and your families be inscribed and sealed for a good year.2`
Wishing you a Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Akiva Hall.