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Same Joys, Same Oys

Friday, 17 May, 2013 - 8:00 am


Dear Rabbi,

I am sick of doing the same thing every day. I realized today that that I am going to be doing the same thing everyday for the rest of my life. The same outings the same routine when I wake up. I'm sick of it. I'm bored out of my mind 

I want something different. 

 puǝıɹɟ pǝɹoq ɹnoʎ


Even if today is just like yesterday, the opportunities to fill today with goodness and G-dliness abound.

We can see this from the end of this week's Torah portion. In it we read of the gift that the leaders of Israel offered at the dedication of the Mishkan (the portable sanctuary that accompanied the Jewish people in the desert).

 The Torah is very careful to ensure that each letter is exact and necessary.  Yet here in this discussion the Torah finds it necessary to repeat each and every gift of each and every leader although they are all exactly the same! The Torah could have saved quite a bit of verses by summarizing and saying these are the leaders of the Tribes and they brought the following offering each and every day of the days of dedication. 

Today is just like yesterday, same joys, same oys. but life is  exciting, it's dynamic it's not just a repeat of yesterday. The opportunities to fill today with goodness and G-dliness abound.It's up to us to decide if today will be Groundhog Day or if today is a brand new day!

The choice is ours.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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