A vow, a promise, and a commitment all have similar definitions. Sometimes these words have weight and other times they are empty phrases. A friend may break a promise or we may forget about our own commitments to our communities, intentionally or unintentionally. But while we read this week’s dual Torah portion of Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13), we learn that vows should hold weight and not consist of empty words. This is one of the reasons we started our journey together by building community and creating a set of our own norms.
One of these expectations is to take the time to learn about the different communities we are visiting and to actively participate in enacting positive change within those communities. Moses made a point of recording each spot the Israelites stopped to camp along their journey towards the Promised Land. Even though the people may not have realized it at the time, each stop along the way was an important part of their journey. The people had new experiences, learned about others, and created community in each location. Throughout our journey, we will work together to come to new understandings. We vow to use each experience to pray with our feet. Follow our experiences on the Mitzvah Corps blog!
Beth, Amy, and Elias
Mitzvah Corps American South 2018 Team Leaders