One of the first Hebrew words we learned as youngsters was "Hineni." Our teacher called our name and we responded, "Hineni." Here I am. And we were proud that we knew how to say, "Here I am" in the language of our people.
Not long after, we learned that proclaiming "Hineni" is one of the most revered statements in the Torah - not only because we read it on Rosh Hashanah, but because it is one of the most profound expressions of faith in our entire heritage. G-d asks our patriarch Abraham, history's first Jew, to sacrifice his son Isaac, and Abraham responds, "Hineni. Here I am."
Then we got older. With more maturity, we began to fully grasp the implications of saying - and acting upon - the statement "Here I am." "Hineni" conveys our very presence as a Jew. It says to G-d that Jewish precepts burn within us, that we yearn to lead a life of righteousness, that we will not just answer His call, but that we will seek our own ways to repair the world and improve the lot of others.
Recently, the tragedy of journalist Steven Sotloff's slaughter at the hands of terrorists horrified us, saddened us and, yes, inspired us. Inspired us because we have learned that although he considered himself a secular Jew, he found a way to say "Hineni" by feigning illness on Yom Kippur so his captors would not realize the reason he was not eating was his desire to honor his tradition by fasting. Inspired us because his family and the Israeli government all cooperated in keeping his Jewishness and dual American and Israeli citizenship under wraps in a vain attempt to extend his life. Inspired us because we also learned that a Jew who didn't overtly practice his Judaism prayed secretly in the direction of Jerusalem. He would see in which direction his Muslim captors were praying and then adjust the angle of his own discreet prayers.
September 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16
January 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 22
March 1, 8
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The Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center
6220 East Dubin-Granville Rd. New Albany, OH 43054
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