Thursday, July 21, 2011
Back to the Basics
I hope my readers will enjoy Rabbi Eli Mansour's Divrei Torah during the three weeks. This was pointed out to me by a reader (thank you!) and it was published in Community Magazine.
The conclusion of his column emphasizing personal responsibility, seeing the consequences of ones actions, and being happy with our lots is below as a taste. Head on over to Community Magazine to read the entire piece. I always enjoy Rabbi Mansour's Torah and thank my reader for pointing this out to me.
Some people might find it strange that a rabbi would emphasize specifically this issue as we enter the period of mourning for the hurban. It has become expected to hear about loftier subjects such as loving our fellow Jew, avoiding lashon hara (negative speech about people), prayer, modesty and Torah study. Undoubtedly, we should try to improve ourselves in all areas of religious observance, and the aforementioned topics, and so many others, are integral to this endeavor. But every so often, it is worthwhile to go back to the basics. The road to holiness begins with a basic sense of responsibility and discipline. Though the road certainly does not end there, that must be our point of departure. From there, we will hopefully continue to grow and improve, and become worthy of the long-awaited return of the divine presence to the Jewish nation, speedily and in our days, amen. [Emphasis mine].