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The Whirlwind

Thursday, 25 July, 2013 - 12:08 pm

The whirlwind: running, rushing to the hospital (Upper Chesapeake) and having our third daughter born less than an hour later, putting together a Minyan with Jews of all denominations, and concluding by giving the baby the name, Chava, Hebrew for Eve. 

I wonder how I would have managed had my sister and brother-in-law not been here by Hashgocha Protis — divine providence. Now they had to leave back to New York and we are settling back down. 

What’s my job as the father? Take care of the other kids, make sure the dishes are washed, make the beds, host the Bike4Friendship women, change diapers, baths, etc. 

I also need to prepare the weekly classHigh Holiday guides, Fall Program Guides, Jewish Art Calendar , our trip to Montreal for Fraida’s siblings weddings (a brother July 30th and a sister on Aug 14th) etc. etc. 

It’s busy, so I was planning on letting some of the small things slide, a bit less personal learning, praying a little faster, etc., and then I read this:

(Deuteronomy 7:12-13). “And it will be, because you will heed these ordinances and perform them that God will keep the covenant and the kindness that He vowed to your forefathers; and He will love you and bless you and multiply you “ 

Rashi’s commentary: "And it will be, because you will heed." Eikev, the Hebrew word for "because," literally means "heel." If you will heed the minor commandments which one [usually] tramples with his heels [i.e., which a person treats as being insignificant].

It’s the small things that make all the difference! The small thing you do to help out. One’s focus on learning, even when life is hectic, one’s making time for G-d when you have no time. These small things make the relationship meaningful. Hashem appreciates these small things and says “[I will] love you and bless you and multiply you... “

Hope to see you then.

Good Shabbos.


Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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