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What's your strategy against apathy?

Friday, 11 November, 2022 - 8:34 am

See something? Say something!
Don't be a bystander!

A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”

When we see a problem, the first thing we need to do is create a strategy. Often, we want to take immediate action. However, before we act, we need to ensure that we are moving things in the right direction.

If there is a fire burning, before we throw liquid on the fire, we need to ensure it isn't flammable.

Rashi comments that when Abraham was told by G-d that He wants to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, he "approached" G-d. This approach obviously cannot be physical as he was already standing before G-d. 

Abraham created a 3-pronged approach: To speak with passion where he may come off as harsh, to try and placate G-d and to pray.

Once he had his strategy organized, Abraham started throwing shade on G-d’s plans. "Will You even destroy the righteous with the wicked?"

We all know someone who is less connected to their Jewish roots. Their Jewish soul is not on fire, and we want to cure the crisis of apathy. 

We need to take a page out of Abraham's playbook. Be passionate about your Judaism. Give your friends Jewish gifts that may take their dormant spark and reignite the flame and lastly to pray.

Will you be successful? Maybe and maybe not (Abraham wasn't with Sodom and Gomorrah). But this is the Jewish strategy: Live passionate Judaism, gifts, and prayer.

What other strategies can you think of to engage your fellow Jew who isn't Jewishly engaged?

Have a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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