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Hard Work Pays.... But It Costs

Thursday, 19 January, 2012 - 12:00 pm


For many of us our parents came to the U.S. many years ago with almost nothing on their backs. They gathered on Ellis Island and were granted entry to the U.S. where they began to make a life for themselves. They sold items from pushcarts, worked in sweatshops, and took night-school classes. As time moved on they graduated to become entrepreneurs and business owners with higher paying jobs and now Jews make up 25% of the 400 richest Americans. This process took many years but the hard work paid off.

Last week I read a story about a teenage girl Samantha Garvey who is 17 years old and homeless; nonetheless she works real hard and does well in school. Even though she doesn’t have a place to call her own, or even a desk to do her homework on, the teen has continued to excel at school. Ranking No. 4 in her class, she said she works hard in school for a reason. She was nominated as a semi-finalist in the “Intel Science Talent Search”. Her hard work will pay off , If she wins the top prize is $100,000 and if not I am sure she will win in the “lottery of life”. As the saying goes G-d helps those who help themselves. 

Great! We made it your on top. We are successful. We are leaders.

We must always remember where we came from. We need to help those who are less fortunate then us. At the same time, we must also recognize the position we are in as “leaders” and not engage in behavior that wouldn’t be appropriate for those in leadership positions. Many leaders fail at this.

Remember YOU are an icon to someone. People look up to you. What you do makes a difference. It feels great but it comes with responsibility.

I look forward to seeing you at services this week.

Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman


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