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Be Selfish - Really?

Thursday, 30 May, 2013 - 8:00 am


Dear Rabbi,

 With all due respect, last week’s email (Be Selfish) seems to say that intentions don’t count. To quote: “Don't get too preoccupied with intentions. Actions count more.”

Do you really believe that? When I light Shabbat candles, should I not think about the greatness of Shabbat? I usually use this time to meditate on the following:


Not Sure


Dear Not Sure,

Actions do count more. Meaning, better light the candle without the meditation then to meditate without lighting the candle.

It is good to meditate before doing a good deed. Ideally, before doing any Mitzvah we should think about the meaning of the blessing we recite. Meditate on the words “asher kidishanu b’mitzvotav” - Who has made us holy with His commandments.

G-d chooses us to be a vessel for spirituality. When we do a Mitzvah, we connect with a power greater then ourselves.

If we can make the time to meditate, we should meditate on the specific mitzvah (similar to your Shabbat meditation above) or on the connection with G-d we are having through doing the good deed.

You are welcome to join the women lighting the Shabbat candles by Friday night services this week.  Services begin at 7:00pm.

Hope to see you then.

Good Shabbos.


Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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