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Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin

What happens in Vegas..."

I will be spending this Shabbos with the Jewish community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Chabad Rabbis from around the region will be meeting for our annual conference.

While we all travel year-round, the upcoming months are what the travel industry might call our "peak season."

In preparation for our trips, a verse that appears in this week's Torah readings reminds us how to behave when we are away from home.

Leviticus 18:4 reads: “You shall fulfill My ordinances and observe My statutes, to follow them. I am the Lord, your G-d.”

The Hebrew word "lalechet," translated here as "to follow," can also be read literally as "to walk."

One commentator notes that there are people who are careful in their observance of Mitzvos while in their hometown because they can be observed by those who know them.

But once they are out of town, they allow themselves to be less rigorous. Such people might be said to observe the tourism tagline "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."

This week's verse in Torah reminds us that even when we are "walking" on the road, away from home, G-d is with us wherever our travels take us. As the book of Proverbs 3:6 tells us, "Know Him in all your ways." Even in Vegas.

Bon voyage and enjoy the summer.