Over the past week, dozens of Mitzvah Corps teens continued to work for unity and progress in Seattle, Nicaragua, and the Deep South. To get here, each of us had a moment over the past year where we were inspired to leave our daily routine, our status quo, and take action. We felt unsettled, discontent, and driven to make a change, within a new community, and within ourselves.
In this week’s Torah portion, Pinchas (Numbers 25:10–30:1), the titular character has had enough and has finally decided to rise up against injustice. Like each of us, Pinchas felt that the time had come to not stand idly by idolatry and immortality, and in the end is granted a covenant of peace from God.
Beyond the summer, we encourage each member of our Mitzvah Corps family to consider, as Pinchas did, where do you draw the line? What incites you to act? When have you had enough?
Moreover, when you’ve reached that breaking point, how do you act? Do you volunteer? Donate? Raise awareness? Educate? There’s no right answer, but by the end of the summer, each Mitzvah Corps teen heads home equipped to make an informed decision.
There is no shortage of opportunity to right a wrong in the country, and world, today. And after the privilege of spending the summer with your teens, we know there is no shortage of people to lead us to a better place, either.
Alexa and Jonah