After Isaias, my power went out…

What a strange country we live in.

On Sunday, we landed two astronauts all the way back from outer space.

On Tuesday, we didn’t have lights or A/C!

Was your power out as well?

As soon as the power was out, I was thinking about some questions I am being asked often.

“Rabbi, I am a proud Jew, but why do I need to also wrap Tefillin?”

“Rabbi, I love being Jewish. Isn’t it the most important thing? Why should I light Shabbat candles?”

When the power went out, I was thinking about how many advancements we did and how many cords have we cut in the past few decades. Phones don’t require wires anymore. We can use the ring video doorbell to answer our door without even being home. We can connect any device to wifi without any cord whatsoever.

Yet some things can never go cordless.

If you want to have running water at home, you need a pipe. If you want to have power, you will need a wire. If you want to fuel your car, you need to show up at a gas station.

And if that pipe or wire goes wrong – you will have no power, no water or a dead car.

It’s that simple.

If you will, the Mitzvot are like pipes and wires. They bring the divine energy into our lives. And just like pipes and wires, they can’t go cordless: we need to actually fulfill the Mitzvah in the physical sense to draw down the divine power.

Come to think of it, overall we need to go a bit less virtual and invest more in physical acts. An emoji of flowers

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Rabbi Mendy Kaminker is the Chabad Rabbi of Hackensack, and an editorial member of