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Is New Better?

Wednesday, 11 January, 2012 - 11:59 am

Every year people decide this year is going to be a “NEW year”. This year things are going to be different. This year everything will be done in a new way with new resolutions. This year I will make for myself a new life and I will be a new person.

The question is “Is new better”?

Many of the “new things” out there do not enhance our lives. Just think about some of the “new technology” that’s there to “make your life better”. That same technology sometimes engulfs you so much that it doesn’t allow you to spend focused time with your family (this is just one example).

Again the question “Is new better”?

In this weeks torah portion it says A new king arose over Egypt, who did not know about Joseph. Now in the Talmud, there is a discussion that this wasn’t really a new king, only that his policies had changed, and he acted like a new king. 

As a new person we very often fall back into our old patterns. This “new king” found a way to change his policies so he won’t feel bad when he spits in the face of the nation who saved his country – namely, Joseph’s family.

Let’s change ourselves and become new. Without losing sight of where we have come from. Here is an out of the ordinary quote:"No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” We have a rich heritage, we have amazing traditions, we have a purpose to add spirituality into the mundane and humdrum of life.

What are you doing to share your heritage, practice your traditions and infuse that spirit into the reality?

Have a great and re-Jew-venating Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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