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Social Debt Ceiling

Wednesday, 3 August, 2011 - 4:48 pm

You all heard about it, it was all over the news raising the national debt, the debt crisis, default or whatever other term was used. This got me thinking.

Don't we all have a social debt ceiling?

We all get into debt when we withdraw from the relationships we are in. Often relationships break down because the debtceiling has been breached, and we are left wondering why this time different.

We find ourselves in the Three Weeks, the saddest time in the Jewish calendar that culminates with the fast of Tisha B'av. We are taught the reason the second Bais Hamikdosh(Temple) was destroyed was because of baseless hatred. We are told that the way we make a tikkun-repair-of this hatred is by showing one another boundless love.

One way this can be done is by taking stock of the relationships and friendships we are in and making arrears to it to prevent any further deterioration, hopefully doing so before its limit has been reached. 

What a powerful message and opportunity. I will begin and invite you to join me in this endeavor.

Reach out to a friend or former friend and pay down the debt. Bring people together. Tear down the false barriers of age, affiliation and ethnicity.Have a great Shabbos!!

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman



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