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Weird Works

Thursday, 4 April, 2013 - 8:05 am

Dear Rabbi,

Thank you for everything. As you know I still do not have a permanent job, but I appreciate your efforts to help me with this.


                 Still looking for work

Dear Still looking,

1)      Please resend your updated resume. The one I have is 5 months old.

2)      Be weird. It works.

Let me explain by sharing a story I heard when I was in Atlanta at Chabad Intown with my brother Rabbi Eliyahu for the last days of Passover.  While there I heard a story that I would like to tell you.  At lunch, my brother asked people to share something with the community. One man got up and said that after being unemployed for a long time, he got a job. He then thanked Rabbi Eliyahu for his intervention.

When asked how the Rabbi had helped, he replied that the previous week my brother had asked him to join the Chai Club, to make a commitment to donating regularly to the synagogue.  My brother had explained to him that we need to leave our comfort zone and to do something above and beyond (by committing to charity even when they don’t have money or even a job,) and G-d will go above and beyond in helping us. The challenge is that we need to take the first step. He did… and the very next day he was offered his present job. Weird works.

Weird works because it taps into a level above the normal cycle. As the Kabbalah explains, seven is a natural cycle. There are seven days of creation, seven days in a week, which is seven different ways in which  G-d expresses Himself. These are the  seven Middot (attributes of the emotions.). Eight is the experience of going above and beyond.  Our going beyond can elicit G-d's response. That can make all the difference.

I hope you find a job soon and I hope to be able to help. 

As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.

              your friend, 

Rabbi Kushi

P.S. I know this concept may seem a bit weird, but weirdos outperform normals. See this article to find out more.

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