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A story with a lesson

Friday, 14 October, 2016 - 1:23 pm

A colleague shared the following with me and I felt it worthwhile sharing.

 “One night my toddler, Meir, woke  me at 4am. “I’m hungry, bread”

So I went down to the kitchen and made him some bread with margarine. I’m exhausted, it’s 4am, and I have a big day ahead of me. Meanwhile, Meir is sitting calmly, taking his time, bite by bite, as if I’m not there, it’s like I’m household staff.

Meir finished the first slice and announced  “more bread” , so I  made him another.
Then  I asked him if I could have a little piece.  My thought was to engage him, and to teach him to share.

He looked at me from the corner of his eye, he wasn’t happy… So I asked again… slowly, ever so slowly, he tore off a tiny little piece of the corner of the bread, and very softly pushed it in my direction.

I started to laugh. I almost woke up the whole house. C’mon kid… don’t be
so cheap… I gave you the whole thing… and if you want more you know all you
have to do is ask.. but no, he’s not giving so fast…”

What a great metaphor for our relationship with Hashem.

He gave us everything we have, life, health, wisdom to be successful,
opportunities, it’s all His!

But he also asks certain things of us. He asks us to celebrate one day a week with Him, to donate a portion of our earnings to charity, to talk to Him once in a while in prayer, and so on.

He doesn’t need it from us us, it’s all His anyway. He gave us the “bread.”  All He’s asking for is a little piece of what He gave us.

Hashem wants us to have every blessing imaginable:  health, happiness,
prosperity, you name it!

All Hashem really wants is to sit with us at the table and not be ignored.
He doesn’t want to feel like staff. He wants to engage us. He wants to be
involved in our lives.

What a great lesson for life.

Shabbat Shalom, 

Rabbi Benjy Silverman

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