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Invitation to the king

Friday, 5 June, 2015 - 3:49 am

Dear Friends,

Following the picture I included last week of my grandfather in the palace with the King of Belgium, many asked me to share the background to this occasion.

It was a few months ago that my grandfather, Rabbi David Lieberman, the senior of European Rabbis and the Chief Rabbi of Antwerp, got the invitation to the King's palace.

Rabbi Lieberman, who was serving as Rabbi for close to seventy years, was invited in honour of his 90th birthday to a kosher lunch that was catered last week at the king's palace.  My Zaidy, whose mother was brutally murdered by the Nazis in the streets of Belgium, received the highest honour that a citizen of that country can get.  

Last week I called my mother to find out how the meeting went.  My mother told me that she called her father with the same question, and this was his response: "The visit was OK, it's past, it's over, but Shavuos - Shavuos was really wonderful!"

What a powerful lesson.  Inner joy doesn't come from honours, it comes from meaning, and for that we don't need to be invited to meet kings.  We were invited already to join the Creator in repairing the world, on Shavuot, some 3327 years ago.

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