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Siamese Twins

Friday, 17 September, 2021 - 6:04 am

Siamese twins can think independently, but often need to learn how to cooperate, as they may share some limbs or bodily functions.  At a minimum, they share the space they occupy. They cannot be in separate places at the same time.

For those of us that are not Siamese twins, what would it feel like to be connected to someone at the hip?

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In this week’s parsha, Haazinu, G-d describes His relationship with the Jewish people: ”Because the L-rd's portion is His people Jacob, the lot of His inheritance.”  In Hebrew, it literally reads: “Because the Lord's portion is His people Jacob, the rope of His inheritance.”

Why are the Jewish people compared to a rope? And, how is this relevant to being G-d’s chosen portion?

In the Chassidic masterpiece Tanya, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi explains the comparison.

A rope connects two points. When a person on one side pulls the rope, it affects the other side. If the person on bottom pulls the rope downward, the person on top is dragged down.

Similarly, our relationship with Hashem is one in which we are bound together. When we misbehave, we are heading downward. When we head south, we schlep G-d along with us.

When we do a mitzvah, we are uplifted, and drawn closer to Hashem.

Because we are tied at the hip with G-d, everything we do impacts G-d.

And, what it really means is that G-d loves us so much that He wants to be connected with us in whatever we do.

That’s an immense responsibility – and privilege.

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As we transition from Yom Kippur to Sukkot, it’s time to reflect on how much G-d wants to be intimately attached to us. The Sukkah and the Four Kinds are tangible ways to be tied at the hip with our Creator.

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