צדק צדק תרדף – Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof - Justice, Justice, Shall you pursue (Deut. 16:20). During my employee orientation today for my new job with the New Jersey Courts; I heard the words and teachings from our Torah imbedded in the lesson on the Judiciary, its mission and our obligations to safe guard the trust of the people: “you shall appoint magistrates…to govern the people with due justice. You shall not judge unfairly; you shall show no partiality; you shall not take bribes, for bribes blind the eyes of the discerning and upset the plea of the just. Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may thrive in the land”… (Deut. 16:18-20). Never was I more proud of my Jewish heritage, knowing its contribution to the United States Judicial System striving to run a country that is based on fairness, equality and the protection of human rights. While I will be spending my days in the secular world as a full time employee of the courts (Atlantic/Cape May County Drug Court to be exact), it became even more clear to me today that I will be living and practicing my Judaism in my work. Walking a Jewish path is ultimately about integrating our Jewish Spiritual values into our everyday lives, including the way we earn our Parnasah (income). How we treat each other in words and deeds, how we care for our pets and our planet, how we construct our laws and appoint our judges, how we treat those who make our clothes, what we choose to eat, how we treat our bodies and much more is really what Judaism is all about. Our rituals, stories, teachings and history provide us with a roadmap to walk a particular path of universal values and our gatherings and holidays remind us that we don’t walk alone. The Jewish concept of oneness, Echad, affirmed daily in the recitation of the Shema; ultimately reminds us that all of our lives and our actions are connected to each other and to the One. May you find that Spiritual connection in your work and in your play and in all that you do; finding God’s blessings in each sacred moment.
Wishing you all a safe and joyful summer and many blessings for a Sweet and Happy New Year!