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Wednesday, 13 May, 2015 - 10:15 pm

In the book ‘Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies’, the authors James Collins and Jerry Porras suggest that companies and people create a BHAG - Big Hairy Audacious Goal and then take bite size steps toward that BHAG. We find this concept of having the end vision in mind before you begin a process in Kabbalah. G-d's BHAG to have a perfect world is the world of Moshiach. In kabbalistic terms it’s called Nautz Techilasan B'Sofan.               

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We find this as well in the book of Leviticus, which we complete reading this week. Leviticus ends with a discussion about the mitzvah of tithing, giving every tenth animal to the Kohen (or 10% of one's earnings to charity). This same book begins with telling us that G-d called to Moses “Adam ki yakriv mikem karban l’Hashem,” literally meaning “when a man offers of you an offering unto Hashem.” Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi explains this verse to mean that Adam ki yakriv — when a person desires to draw close to Hashem — there must be “mikem” — “from you” — part of himself (the transforming of his personal animalistic soul) in the offering.

When a person gives a tenth of his earnings, that he worked hard for with his sweat and blood, to a worthy cause [like Harford Chabad ;P], this is the epitome of giving a part of himself. 

So the beginning of Leviticus sets out the BHAG: get close and intimate with G-d by giving of yourself. The end of the book gives a practical step to get there: Tithe.

And with that I want to end off with thanking those who give of themselves and give of their hard earned money to be Chai Partners in the work that Harford Chabad does here in Harford County. 

Have a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

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