During this week, the school year is coming to an end. Students are rushing to bring their grades up the last couple of points. We run around the school handing in our last assignments. Next week will be review week, and our grades are on the line. We rush to do our school work and count the days until school finally comes to an end, and summer vacation will finally start.
This week’s parasha Emor is telling us to hold on, take a pause from always looking to the future and what we want or need. It’s showing us that it is important to reflect on the past. It does this by incorporating the “calling” for the holidays on the Jewish calendar. The Torah refers to these calling for the holidays, “callings of holiness, which you shall call in their appointed times” (Leviticus 23:4). The festivals we celebrate are yearly appointments with the past. Tapping into our past can review the spiritual resources it holds.
Whether we run into classes (usually carrying Donna’s late pass) or run into work, we should take a break to look back on what we did this previous year. Upcoming finals makes us review everything from months ago, but we can take into consideration how much our teachers are teaching us when we do this. It didn’t seem like a lot, but when we put it together and take a couple of minutes to study and evaluate it all, we can appreciate it. This is like the “calling for the holiday,” which forces us to reflect on what happened at the time of Parsha Emor.
By: Melanie Arougueti