Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

Owning our Accomplishments

Rabbi Jay M. Stein on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

Avot 2:8

RABBAH JOHANAN B. ZAKKAI RECEIVED [THE ORAL TRADITION] FROM HILLEL AND SHAMMAI. HE USED TO SAY: IF THOU HAST LEARNT MUCH TORAH, DO NOT CLAIM CREDIT UNTO THYSELF, BECAUSE FOR SUCH [PURPOSE] WAST THOU CREATED.

 There is pride in accomplishing something.  Then, there is a pride that runs even deeper, owned in our depths.  That pride is born of an achievement far more significant than a passing success.  This sense of value comes from the knowledge that we have done for which we were created. 

 Each and every one of us has been born with a purpose.  Discovering what that ‘reason for being’ is sometimes difficult.  Sometimes we find that which makes us feel good but we are still unsure.  Once we have unearthed a process for achieving our potential the result is a profound sense of worth.  It is for that you were created.