Rabbi David Baum
Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
Have you ever had a moment when you felt really small and alone?
Take yourself back to that time...
I want to share with you the first moment that I felt really small and alone.The year was 1992, it was the first day of school when I began the 7th grade, and my first year in public school, leaving the shelter of my Jewish Day School.
Until that point, I thought the whole world was Jewish, and I thought that I was of ‘average’ height!But that all changed the day I stepped into the halls of my new middle school. Suddenly, I was the shortest guy there, I felt like a grasshopper surrounded by giants!
But it wasn’t just my height that made me feel small.There were few Jews in my school, and it seemed like none of them would admit they were Jewish.Not only was I short, but I was the only person who cared about anything Jewish.I had a Jewish day school education, but even my Jewish friends didn’…