The Jewish people made an crucial stop on their way through the desert to Israel.
And what happened there? We are still debating that amongst ourselves, but Avraham thinks that we made three commitments; to recognize one God; to make the world a better place for all people; and to use certain rituals to define and shape Jewish time and space.
So, for Jews who observe any or all of the mitzvot, and those who are committed to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), and those who serve the Jewish community, or move to Israel, the covenant established at Mount Sinai is still a tie that binds.
Something happened at Mount Sinai
TIKKUN OLAM (Repairing the World)
The Jews didn’t just leave Egypt and end up in Tel Aviv. They stopped somewhere on the way, at a place called Mt. Sinai. I don’t care if you want to give this a Conservative, Reform, Orthodox or any other kind of interpretation, but you cannot ignore Mt. Sinai. This family donned particular spectacles at Mt. Sinai through which we see the world. And we, as a family, made commitments at Mt. Sinai.
Questions to think about
What should be the Jewish vision in terms of responsibility for being a Jew?To what extent is your Jewish identity influenced by Torah mitzvot?
What defines “meaning” in the Jewish people?
Who defines my Jewish identity – God, my community, Jewish history or memory, myself, Western culture, the government of Israel …?