Monday, June 5, 2017

In The Desert and Loving It!


Numbers 1:1–4:20

Have you ever heard a friend say, “I am in the desert right now?” Have you ever used those words? Are you going through a desert right now? Well, you just might be in the perfect place for Hashem to do a major work in your life!
Our ancestors, famously, had their desert experience too! Free from Mitzrayim they entered the wilderness.  They were as one awaiting the gift of the Torah from Har Sinai.  The Torah is not only an external gift but one we are to take inside to wash us from the inside out!
In the desert we need such a washing! We are to crave for Hashem’s Word like a deer pants for water.  Hashem gave us the Torah in the desert so we could see Hashem will reach into our lives no matter where we are.  Perhaps being in the desert is the perfect place to be to hear Hashem speak to us in a special way!
So look up, quench your thirst, walk with our patriarchs and matriarchs and receive Torah inside of you today!
By Esther Mandella.  Esther is an Orthodox Gal who loves Hashem and her amazing family!
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Esther Expression!

Shalom world! My name is Esther and I am a spiritual girl on a journey of teshuva! I am having a lot of adventures along the way.  Want to travel with me! Raised a reform Jew, went away from Judaism for a long time . . . too long and its a long story!  One day, it will be in a book or a movie lol!

Now I am a Chabad girl!  I can't believe the journey.  It some ways it is like a dream.  I live right next to my shul, my children go to Chabad online school, and my hubby and I are learning together what is means to live as Orthodox Jews.  It is pretty exciting!

But, not going out to eat can be tricky.  There is no kosher restaurant for hours so we have to make things work.  Can you believe it!  And I am a girl who used to LOVE going out to eat!  A few hours from us in a wonderful restaurant/deli/market.