From Within

Scott and I took a trip to Israel to see our new Grandson – oh, and to see their parents, too, (my Son and Daughter-in-Law – and a few sights).

We see very few Hasidic Jews in Denver, so Scott asked me about the men we saw on Shabbos (Sabbath) wearing rather large hats called a Shtreimel. Please note, I copied this picture from Wikipedia and did not take it myself, as it would not be appropriate to take a picture of a Jewish person on Shabbos.

A shtreimel is a fur hat worn by many married, Hasidic Jewish men. It is made of the tips of sable, mink, marten, or fox tails, and each hat is made up of about 30 animals. It can cost between $1,000 and $5,000.

Oh how, I would love to hear Jesus explain the meaning of a shreimel:

Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

Matthew 23:27-28 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and every impurity. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but, on the inside, you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

1 Peter 3:3-4 What matters is not your outer appearance – the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes, but your inner disposition.

Heavenly Father,  Help us to remember it is not how we look to others on the outside that is important. Thank you for giving us the gift only you can provide – purity, cleansing, and beauty from within. 

Jill Maclay

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