I was zoche to be by some great chevra with Chaim Dovid last night and found out that Chaim Dovid would be in Cleaveland tonight. It got me to thinking about the double meaning of that word, "Cleave."
On one hand, to "cleave" it means "to split apart," as in the word "cleaver." on the other hand, it means to attach, or to be medabek one thing to another. I was wondering about why this word seems to have two opposite meanings. One one hand, it means to split apart or separate, to create a pirud. On the other hand, it means to attach, unify and connect, to be me'acheid.
I then realized that Cleaveland is a land where people have the choice to either create pirud, division between parts of their lives and between themselves and the Master of the World. Or they can create unity within themselves and unity with the Eibishter.
They can choose which meaning "cleave" will take on for their city!
Cleaveland Jewish News. com: B’nai Jeshurun Congregation’s Israeli and Chasidic Festival of Music is at 7. Featuring Chaim Dovid Saracik, Ariel Zilber, Aharon Razel and Cantor Aaron Shifman. Tickets, 216-831-6555 or at the door.