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Time Travel

by Rabbi Dovid Bendory, I Adar 5765 (February 2005)

I was asked the other day about time travel. Do Jews think it is possible?

Time travel? We Jews do that all the time.

Want to go to Sinai? Every time we read the Torah in synagogue, we lift it up and say: "This is the Torah that Hashem put before the Jews by Hashem's word and Moshe's hand." It is a transcendent moment — at that moment, we witness the revelation of Torah at Sinai.

Want to experience the Exodus? "In every generation, every Jew is required to see himself as if he came out of Egypt." (Haggadah) At our seder every year, my kids and I discuss our memories of leaving Egypt... how hot it was, how thirsty we were, how we had to wait for Imma to get dressed, how Abba wouldn't get off the computer...

Want to learn from Rashi? Rambam? The Vilna Gaon? Join them in the Beit Midrash (study hall). When I sit with my study partner and learn Torah, we argue with rabbis from thousands of years ago. They come alive, wrestle with us and with each other as we sort through complexities of halacha.

As Jews, we don't remember history, we don't even celebrate history. We live history. It is all here, now, with us, present, alive. It is in our traditions, our Holidays, our customs. It permeates every aspect of our lives.

So is it possible? Not only possible, but part and parcel of the life of a Torah Jew.

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