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Friday, April 22, 2011

There's No Place Like Home!

Chol HaMoed Pesach - such a great time to be out and about in the beautiful Land of Israel! The weather is perfectly mild, the roads are open and beckoning, the sweet feeling of Springtime in the Holy Land is upon us ... but you know what? Shabbos is coming, Shabbos Chol HaMoed is coming ... and some people say the best part of a journey is returning home.

"There's no place like home," intoned Dorothy at the behest of Glinda the Good Witch, clicking her ruby slippered-heels together three times .... "There's no place like home, there's no place like home..."

If there's anything we learn from the Exodus from Egypt and the behavior of the Children of Israel in the Desert, it's this: THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME! We were taken out of Egypt where we had sojourned for hundreds of years ... but was that HOME for us? Were we ever "at home?"

What is that "At Home" feeling? A place you can relax, take your shoes off, be ... yourself. Safely, securely yourself.

We never felt like that in Egypt. Specifically, HKBH warns us never to oppress a stranger, for we too were "Strangers in a Strange Land."

Egypt was never "home," but when the Children of Israel were on their way to Eretz Yisrael and knew there were coming "home," how exactly did they conceive of that idea?

In a way that only makes "sense" within the context of our journey through the Jewish Year and the Hebrew Calendar, we're very much on our way home right now - we're counting the Omer, fixing those messes we've made on the attributes of our personality and souls, and we're marching together towards our real, true Selves and our very home - within and without.

Today as we prepare for Shabbos Chol HaMoed, we're playing music to help you find your way home...

  • 8:45am: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Greatest Hits
  • 10am - Marvin Gaye "What's Going On?"
  • 10:30am - Stevie Wonder Live in NYC (75)
  • 12:15pm - LOVE "Forever Changes" (61)
  • 1pm: Rolling Stones "Sticky Fingers"

... and at 2:30pm today on the "Not for Kids Only Children's Hour" Show we're playing THE WIZARD OF OZ - that's right, a special pre-Shabbos treat for the kids and inner children alike. Gather 'round the radio, folks and enjoy THE WIZARD OF OZ together with the whole family, and then ... talk amongst yourselves! Topic: "There's No Place Like Home - What Does That Mean to YOU?" Discuss amongst yourselves!

Shabbat Shalom to everyone far and near from Undisclosed Studios "A" and "B" this week of Chol HaMoed - we'll be off the air until Saturday night, when Steve Levine brings us back with a Melava Malka "Where Shlomo Meets Saturday Night ..." and we'll be OFF again Sunday night through Monday night for the last day of Passover - our final "Yom Tov" of the season, at least for a while ...

Enjoy - we're here with you, running through the Red Sea or dancing through the Desert - it's Erev Shabbos on Radio Free Nachlaot!