Midweek Message

LABC Update – Thursday, July 6, 2023

Jim Hopkins

July 3, 2023


At any given moment, the challenges we face can be overwhelming. In the face of them we can feel small and helpless, like grasshoppers in a land of giants.

This is how the Hebrew people were tempted to view themselves as they journeyed from slavery to freedom, from despair to hope.

In the linked reflection Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz reflects on this most understandable temptation. I can certainly relate. Perhaps you will as well.

Pastor Jim



Cantor Josée Wolff writes, “As long as we see ourselves merely as grasshoppers up against giants, we will set ourselves up for failure. If we want to create anything new and enter into the Promised Land, then we have no choice but to leap into the unknown, to believe in ourselves, and to trust in God’s faith in us” (“The Torah: A Women’s Commentary”).