Learn from Congregation B’nai Chaim: Parsha Devarim and ‘The Power in Me’

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Rabbi Marc Rubenstein
Rabbi Marc Rubenstein. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Marc Rubenstein, Special to Valley News

In these unpleasant times, people might be looking for a special thing, or a miracle could just happen. The miracle might be in ourselves.

When my son Jeff was 10, he wrote a poem. When he showed it to his mother, he said to her, “Don’t show it to Daddy because he’ll want to read it to the congregation.”

He was right. I did want to share it, but he asked me not to. It took me over a year of wrangling to cut a deal with him to do so.

He wrote the poem as a song for some friends who were thinking of starting a band. It’s called “The Power in Me.”

“When morning comes and the sun rises in the east,
I think of the power in me.

“When I stand up for what is right and what I believe,
It is because of the power in me.

“No matter who it is or what they want me to do,
I will stand up for my beliefs because of the power in me.

“When you are mad, sad, or scared,
What will help you through is the power in you.

“That power comes straight from the heart.
Believing is what creates the power in anybody.

“If you don’t believe in yourself,
Then say goodbye to the power in you.

“When I go to sleep,
before I close my eyes,
I look at the sun setting in the west,
And I thank God for giving me the power in me.”

The power my son Jeff was talking about reveals itself as resourcefulness, tenacity, integrity, self control and courage.

He’s right. It’s in all of us, and it’s called character. The Hebrews were in the wilderness for 40 days. Many people have been in their houses for 40 days too. As the character in us has sustained us; it simply calls on each of us not to lose faith, it also applies to this week’s Torah portion and to our lives today. Moses was a man of character. We must have this character too and keep the faith in these trying times for a more viable and vivacious community in the Temecula Valley.

Congregation B’nai Chaim is located at 29500 Via Princesa in Murrieta. For more information, visit https://www.bnaichaim.com or find them on Facebook.