Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

Say it Out Loud

Rabbi Jay M. Stein on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

Mishna Avot 3:1

AKABIAH B. MAHALALEEL SAID: APPLY THY MIND TO THREE THINGS AND THOU WILT NOT COME INTO THE POWER OF SIN: KNOW WHENCE THOU CAMEST, AND WHITHER THOU ART GOING, AND BEFORE WHOM THOU ART DESTINED TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT AND RECKONING. WHENCE CAMEST THOU? — FROM A FETID DROP. WHITHER ART THOU GOING? — TO A PLACE OF DUST, OF WORM AND OF MAGGOT. BEFORE WHOM ART THOU DESTINED TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT AND RECKONING? — BEFORE THE KING OF THE KINGS OF KINGS, THE HOLY ONE, BLESSED BE HE.

It is difficult to keep our heads up in trying times.  This Mishna, unfortunately, identifies how we all feel sometimes. There are times when we all feel unworthy. There are times when we all feel as though we have no direction and we have no control and life seems utterly futile.

Strangely enough saying it – knowing others feel the same gives us comfort. So say it. Share your fear, your concern, your anxiety- and know you are in good company. Whether it is the words of Akabiah B. Mahahlaleel or the famous words of Thomas A Harris MD, in one of the best selling self-help books ever published, I’m OK, You’re OK.