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No Power

Thursday, 1 September, 2011 - 12:21 am

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A Word From The Rabbi
No Power                                                                        By: Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

Just when they thought it was over, some downtown Bel Air residents got a rude greeting Sunday morning.

As Hurricane Irene made its way to the northeastern United States, strong wind gusts toppled a tree along the 300 block of Williams Street. Going down with it were electrical wires, leaving many residents without power. - Bel Air Patch

Are you surviving? How are you keeping busy? What are you going do if power isn't restored soon? These are just some of the text messages I received from family and friends over the past 24 hours.

I am so addicted to technology :(  I can read, learn, prepare a class or two. I focus and concentrate much better when I can't check email. I can play with my daughter and focus on what's important. These are just some of the thoughts that have gone through my mind in the past 24 hours.

So much of the work I do requires a computer and the Internet. I am not accomplishing some of my "career goals" because I can't. There is no power. But I am forced to focus on the important things in life.

The disruption of regular life has given me a new perspective (I hope it lasts) about: 1) what is really important, 2) the people who genuinely care and ask how I am doing - and want to get an answer, 3) there is nothing that can substitute for real time used well.

Today we are begin the Jewish month of Elul. During the month of Elul we blow the shofar every day to give us "pause" and help us reflect on the past year. This helps us come to the High Holidays awakened and prepared. (RSVP for our free High Holiday services here).

Throughout the month of Elul G-d says, “I am available. Now is the time to date me, to reconnect with me." Once the year begins (right now that parallels when the power goes on), I will be harder to reach. But for those that got close to me before that, I will keep on my speed dial. I will stay actively connected to them.

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Get powered, get energized, and take the new year by storm.


Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Kushi Schusterman


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