Lent comes as the days grow longer, the darkness lifts and lifts our hearts that echo the songs of the energetic birds. Life is spilling over, nudging seeds and bulbs to break through the dark earth and open to the sun in all their hidden beauty. In this time of hope we too must wake up, shake off the sluggishness that would hold us captive and risk stepping out boldly and with courage on our journey.
In a village in Russia in the last century, the rich people protected their property by hiring people who would watch over it during the night. One evening Rabbi Naftalis was walking at the edge of one of these properties, and he ran into one of the watchmen who ..."