Greetings from high up in the Rocky Mountains.
In this week’s Torah portion we are confronted with a story, that when looked at closely, works to both answer and ask many questions. I am referring to the story of the daughters of Tzelafchad.
The forty year sojourn of the Israelites through the desert was coming to a close and the division of the land of Israel was at hand. Each male was portioned a section of the land for him and his family. That portion would remain in the family and be passed down from generation to generation. There was a man named Tzelafchad of the tribe of Mannaseh who died without a male heir. However, he was survived by five intellectual daughters who unfortunately would not be entitled to a portion of the land under the system as it functioned then. They looked to the courts for a sound judgement, but none were able to give one; until it appeared before Moses himself. Moses was befuddled by this question and looked to God for guidance. God gave his answer and these women were given a portion in the land of Israel.
These women stood up for their rights in a society that didn’t give them any, and fought for what they believed to be theirs. They were ultimately rewarded with a judgement that named them correct, changing the very law in the process.
At Camp Inc. we are cultivating youth who are wise and confident beyond their years. When our campers finish our two and a half week program, they will be equipped with the tools necessary to not only rise to heights in the world as it is today, but also to shape it in their image. The businesses that they create, the money allocated through our Camp Inc Teen Foundation, and the marketing and coding skills they learn are the first steps toward these teenagers taking the reigns of the their lives and running with it.
As we enter into Shabbat, our Executive and Explorer level campers make up this week’s Shabbat Squad. Each week, the Squad is given the task of taking on a leadership role in creating Camp Inc’s Shabbat experience. Some of our campers have chosen to share their thoughts on what our camp community means to them, while others will be joining Jordyn on the bima and helping to lead selections of the service. Those who have artistic talent have chosen to contribute pieces of artwork that reflect what Shabbat means to them. This is an example of one of the tools we strive to give our campers: tools that they will use to take ownership of their lives and eventually, as adults, shape the world according to their values.