Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

Making Small Jobs Important

Rabbi Jay M. Stein on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

Mishna Avot 3.5

NEHUNIA B. HAKKANAH SAID: WHOEVER TAKES UPON HIMSELF THE YOKE OF THE TORAH, THEY REMOVE FROM HIM THE YOKE OF GOVERNMENT AND THE YOKE OF WORLDLY CONCERNS, AND WHOEVER BREAKS OFF FROM HIMSELF THE YOKE OF THE TORAH, THEY PLACE UPON HIM THE YOKE OF GOVERNMENT AND THE YOKE OF WORLDLY CONCERNS.

Sometimes we find ourselves bogged down in tasks we dislike doing. If, however, we step back for a moment and recognize why we are doing this particular activity, we usually continue doing that very chore.  If we can remember why we do what we do, menial jobs seems less so.

Every person is born with a divine directive.  As we make our way through life we must remember we are in service of God no matter how tedious the assignment.  Looking back at the varied accomplishments in one’s life gives us the support necessary to continue ahead.  Seeing what we have been able to endure in the past, gives us the strength to push onward.   Recalling that we are all placed here with a purpose, even if we have yet to define it exactly, gives us the courage to endure the setbacks life often brings.

 

We are starting a new group called “Shul Stitchers.” If you knit or crochet please join us

April 26th at 1:00 pm for our kick off meeting.  Yarn provided!!