So what does this have to do with the haftarah? This Shabbat we read a special haftarah because tomorrow is Rosh Hodesh – it’s called Machar Hodesh. The main characters of this story are King Saul, his son Jonathan, and Jonathan’s best friend and Saul’s greatest enemy, David. But the story is most of all about Jonathan, who had to find a way to help his best friend while staying loyal to his father.
And that battle took place on Mount Gilboa, a short distance from the Kineret, and not far from where my great grandfather still lives. Incidentally, he wasn’t able to make the trip, but he just turned 93 a few weeks ago. Yom Huledet Sameach, Sabbah! You – along with Jonathan – continue to be an inspiration to me. And since this week is Israel’s birthday too, another Yom Huledet Sameach is in order!
For my mitzvah project, my friend Micah and I organized a book drive for an organization called “Read to Grow,” which distributes books to children in need. We have collected upwards of 750 books!