That Mystery in Utah

A mysterious story has been reported this month about Utah police officers hearing a woman’s voice asking softly for help when they approached an overturned car below a bridge in an icy river.

In the car they discovered a 25-year-old woman dead in the front seat, and her 18-month old baby girl in a back car seat, unconscious but alive.

Police Officer Tyler Beddoes told the AP that he and the 3 officers talked later and concurred they all heard the same thing. They cannot explain it, but have no doubt they heard it.

Beddoes still can’t believe the girl survived – and still can’t make sense of that undeniable voice coming from the car, AP reported. “We all got together and we all heard the same type of thing,” he said. “We just can’t grasp what we were hearing.”

We often cannot explain what we hear in our spirit, but we have no doubt that we hear it.

The book of Leviticus opens with the words “And He called to Moses.” The Lubavitcher Rebbe explained that G-d’s call to Moses was actually directed to every single Jew.

This call is twofold:

1. To the spiritually astute. It is a challenge to not be satisfied with our accomplishments but strive to more.

2. To the spiritually bereft, it is encouragement to not lose hope and to believe that you have the inner strength to turn a bitter situation into a sweet one.

Who knows, such a calling saved a child’s life. Who will be saved by paying attention to your calling?

About the Author
Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin is the Outreach Director of Chabad Tucson and Associate Rabbi of Congregation Young Israel of Tucson, AZ. Ceitlin is a certified instructor of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) in New York.
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