This weeks Torah portion Beha’alotcha makes reference to the fact that in the Second year from the Exodus from Egypt, the Israelites essentially celebrated Passover. What is going on here? The Israelites went through the experience of slavery in Egypt, the Exodus from Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea and the receiving of the Torah. They went through so much, and they were now at a point where they could step back and reflect on what had happened to them, and to celebrate, being fully cognizant that their journey was not over, both figuratively and literally. They had not yet reached the Land of Israel.
This moment in the Torah, is very often our moment. We can see our story in their story, the Passover story. In other words, we are on a journey, sometimes challenging, but there is so much more to go. We are not there yet. We have not reached our promised land yet.
We always need to challenge ourselves as a people, continuing on our journey. We should all be blessed as individuals and as a community to find meaning and value in this journey.