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Did you do it?

Thursday, 26 October, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to do something and then pushed off getting it done and then forgot to actually do it? It can be something like signing up for the Mega Challah bake, Shabbat100 or The TFG Comedy Night or it can be calling up a friend to see how they are doing.

What would you need to do to get that thing done? Simple , just do it! Simple, yet not necessarily easy.

When the Torah introduces us to Abraham, it tells us that he was born to Terach and then proceeds to recount events that happened to him at the age of 75. The Midrash fills in many of the details of his early life, some of it transcribed here http://www.harfordchabad.org/112063/. However, the written Torah only begins at 75, with G-d commanding Abraham "go out from your land.... and I will bless you."

Why does the Torah begin to tell us about Abraham with this commandment and skip his early life story?

To teach us that while Abraham may have accomplished great feats and had religious fervor in his earlier years, that is not what makes him the first Jew and the father of monotheism. What made him so unique? Was simply doing it. Simply following the will of G-d. If G-d commands us to put on Tefillin, put up a Mezuzah, or light Shabbos candles before sundown, we do not only meditate on it, discuss it's benefits and learn about it, we actually follow G-d's will and do the physical act. The main reason why a Jew observes an actual Mitzvah is that they are like Abraham, they are merely fulfilling the action that G-d desired.

So, if you consider yourself a very religious Jew, remember that it is not about how holy you feel, it is about what you do.
If you consider yourself a very irreligious Jew, remember it is not about how you feel about it, it is about what you do.

In the words of Nike: Just do it!

In the words of Stephen Covey: The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

In the words of the Torah: Go out of your land (your comfort zone) and go to where I will show you… and then I will bless you and you will be blessed! Says G-d.

Have a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

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