I asked my dad to consult a Kabbalist because I kept seeing "6:13" on my iPhone and other clocks.
This happened at least 8 times by the time I called my dad. It wasn't my imagination - noticed it enough to take screenshots.
Also note: Normally I don't even notice the time. Only recently bought a watch!
Still, I wasn't going to call or consult anyone.
My family worried. They thought it might be a warning, as I am less religiously observant than them. (Significance: There are 613 commandments in the Torah.)
Initially I brushed them off. Then one night I picked up the phone. Because many years ago my life was in grave danger and I survived after some very intense prayer on my behalf.
So. A few weeks later, last night, my dad visited with the Kabbalist. I am going to share some of what I was told - the part that is relevant to a wider audience. It is a spiritual message, and spiritual messages need to be shared.
As I do this I understand some of you will be cynical. But I think I am supposed to write it down. You can do what you want with the information.
1. "Your ancestors are pleading with you to return to the fold." My ancestry goes back to Rabbi Yosef Caro, a Kabbalist and the author of the Shulchan Aruch. This confirms to me that our souls are immortal and connected.
2. "Do not let the prayers said over you be in vain." I almost died back then. Something was said that kept me alive. The merit was invoked for me somehow.
3. "You don't have to do everything at once." Specifically I should keep kosher, Sabbath and go to a mostly observant synagogue with the family Sabbath morning.
I didn't feel I was being attacked with these comments. Rather I understood that although some things I am doing may be positive, others are not. Specifically the commandments between humans and G-d. Been arrogant, spiteful and rebellious.
There is no scientific way to prove that the Kabbalist's words are accurate advice for me. But they feel accurate. I am going to listen.
Give the honor to the Creator.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions my own. All rights reserved. Photo via Free-Photos at Pixabay (CC0 Creative Commons).