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Right or Responsibility

Wednesday, 2 May, 2012 - 12:53 pm

A group of Rabbi’s had a goal, to streamline the process to create a Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish center. They worked together with a Michael E. Gerber - World's #1 Small Business Guru. One of the main concepts of Mr. Gerber’s process for company growth is accountability. Who in the company is accountable to whom and for which result.

There are people (maybe even in your company) that say I’m great, I’m smart, I’m talented, I can draw and I can take the pictures. I’m good at woodworking, and I’m educated. I’m a good teacher and I am a good student etc.

Do I have the right to be smart or is it a G-d given talent? Do I have the right to be good at woodworking or is it a G-d given talent? Torah says that with every G-d given talent that a person is blessed with comes the accountability to use it for good.

This concept can be seen in the statement of Akavia the son of Mahalalel Reflect upon three things and you will not come to the hands of transgression. …. and before whom you are destined to give a judgment and accounting….Avot 3:1

When G-d blesses us with a talent we need to recognize that it is more than a “right” it is a responsibility. Our talents come with the prerequisite, that we will need to give an accounting before the Source from which it came, namely; G-d.

Will we follow through on that accountability or transgress it? Will we say “I have the right to do with my talents as I wish” or will we say “how can I give of my talents to better the community that I live in?”

Let us make use of our accountabilities to propel us to a higher place, to make this world a place where G-d will feel comfortable where prayer is a way to connect and where our Jewish values and practice reflects Torah values in a modern world.

Do research on a mitzvah, practice practicing it, see its modern relevance and what a profound and beautiful impact it can have on your life.

Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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