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How to Delegate!

Thursday, 28 October, 2010 - 9:29 am

Abraham had a servant, his name was Eliezer. In this week’s Torah portion Abraham told his servant to go to the land of his birthplace to find a wife for his son Issac from there. In the instruction to Eliezer, Abraham said: "And I will adjure you by the Lord, the God of the heaven and the God of the earth that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose midst I dwell. But, you shall go to my land and to my birthplace, and you shall take a wife for my son, for Isaac".

It is a nice story but what does it mean in a practical sense? This story teaches us a great lesson. Abraham gave clear and precise instructions; don’t look for a wife from the Canaanites, do look for a wife in the land of my birthplace. In order to have someone do something for oneself, one must give clear instructions and not be vague. For example: If I would ask someone to set up for a class in our new Chabad Center (102 North Main St.), I would  tell them exactly what and how I would want it: ‘Please set up 3 tables and 15 chairs, in a square shape, 5 feet from the back left corner’. This way all parties involved gain; the volunteer knows what I want from them, I will know how they will set it up and YOU will know how the class will be set up when you arrive.  

 Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Schusterman

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