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Delegating is one of those essential skills I struggle with. However it is an essential skill that every person needs to have. If you don’t delegate and do everything yourself, you will find yourself having too much to do and not enough time.

What stops many people from delegating is saying to themselves “no one can do it as well as I can”.

We find that Moses didn’t want to delegate because he said to himself that “no one can transmit the Torah as well as I can”. Moses was correct because, he heard the Torah “unfiltered” from Hashem and when the Jewish people were in his presence they were uplifted to be able to receive “Torah in the raw” without it overwhelming them. However when his father in law (Yisro) came and suggested that Moses create a structure of delegation, Moses accepted the suggestion and implemented it.

There were 3 essential ingredients to the Moses delegation 1) he remained connected with those who were “doing his job” 2) he allowed for the “next generation” to be able to continue independently without being dependent on him 3) Those who were delegated believed in what they were giving and had the passion to get it right.

We can also delegate by implementing these 3 ideas 1) delegatedon’t abdicate remain in contact with those who are “doing your tasks” and don’t judge their mistakes. However, do educate them how it should be done. 2) free up the need for them to keep asking you how to do something, create a checklist of how to do it 3) make sure the people who are doing the delegated job have a passion for that type of work and the mission of the “company”.

With the holiday of Purim coming up I want to thank Tami, Paul and Howard for answering our question of what type of entertainment we should have. If you want to be part of the Purim volunteers click here fill out the form.

Have a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

P.S. I am working on the delegating thing.

Where does money come from?

We all work hard. We all try to pay our bills. We all give charity. We all have “unexpected” bills and we all hope to be able to pay them.

There are some people who work really hard and “don’t make it” others don’t work as hard and they “hit the jackpot”. Look for a moment at Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, in the beginning it wasn’t his full time job. It was a side hobby while he was working on other jobs and only later once it grew did he take it on full time. On the other side of the coin we have Kodak that was successful for 131 years and filed for bankruptcy or Circuit city that was the 2nd largest us retailer a few years ago and shuttered its doors after 60 years in business. Note:Facebook has no guarantee it will be around in 60 years.

We also can look at people in our own lives and sometimes look at ourselves. That job I worked so hard to get fell through, and another (better paying one) just fell into my lap. Granted, it doesn’t always end up like this but many times it does.

How does it work? Where does money come from?

We must do our part to try to find the job, to try and get the raise, to apply etc. however “The blessing of the Lord will bring riches, and toil will add nothing to it” Proverbs 10:22. Money comes from Hashem and he will choose how to send it to us, but we must do our part.

We see this training for real life while the Jews were in the desert. They were being prepared for entry into the land of Israel the “real world” where you need to “work for a living”. In the wilderness the Jewish people received their sustenance via the “manna” as “bread from heaven” but they would need to collect it. Teaching them an important lesson, it’s not what you do but that you do something. G-d will decide how and where to send it to you everything you need.

Have a good Shabbos and we should all be blessed withrevealed good in health wealth and happiness.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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