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Changing Others

Thursday, 26 December, 2013 - 8:58 am

At the head of all understanding – is realizing what is and what cannot be, and the reassuring of what is not in our power to change. -Solomon ibn Gabirol

G-d, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. - Reinhold Niebuhr/Alcoholics Anonymous

Can you change another person?

Many people around the world are preparing their new year’s resolutions. 36% will break their resolution before the end of January. (Then they come to the Soul Maps Course on January 30th to learn how to keep resolutions click here for more). It got me thinking, how many resolutions are about changing someone else? Is it possible to change someone else? If yes, how?

For example: Let’s say you want to bring people closer to Torah? “Hillel said: Be of the students of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving people and bringing them closer to Torah” (avot 1:5).

What is Hillel saying? He is saying you ca not change someone else. You can encourage, teach and educate. How? By being nice and being happy, by loving peace and pursuing peace, by loving people. When these people see that you love them for who they are, and they see that you are close to Torah, which causes you to be more loving, then they will check it out and become closer to Torah as well.

Please join us for the monthly Minyan. Shabbos morning 9:30 am

Have a wonderful Shabbos, 

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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