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It's my birthday and ....

Thursday, 23 November, 2017 - 11:09 am

Today, Thursday 5 Kislev, is my Hebrew Birthday. The Jerusalem Talmud tells us that on a birthday one’s Mazel, particular spiritual source of your soul, shines powerfully. For this reason, I want to take a moment to bless you with revealed good; physically, spiritually and emotionally. You should be blessed with the ability to express your true self. I also want to thank you for being a part of my life and the life of the Harford county Jewish community!

There is a custom on one's birthday to make a reckoning, a soul analysis, asking what did I do well and where can there be improvement. 

As humans, we are creatures of habit. According to a 2011 study, approx 40% of our daily activities are based on our habits. One of the things I plan on working on this year is to be more conscious about the how and why I am doing what I need to do.

Perhaps the shepherds of Charan were able to move the rock. However, as their routine and habit told them that they can't, they did not even try! The story is read in this week's Torah Portion: the shepherds would gather at the well and wait until all the flocks would be there. Then, all the shepherds together, would remove the rock covering the well. Jacob moved the rock himself! (see the full verses it in the PostScript)

Was it a miracle? Was Jacob able to do that which took the strength of many people? Possibly. But perhaps he was simply doing something that others were telling him that he could not do. Maybe he believed in himself and therefore did "the impossible".

If we try to do something we always told ourselves we could not do, whether due to a thoughtless habit or psychologically we said to ourselves that we would "never do that", perhaps we can do it! Jacob shows us that despite what “others” say, we should try to do it anyway, and there is a big chance that we will be successful! 

We can make a difference! Touch one soul, one person, and make a difference in one life. Prove that it is possible and then we can do it again and again!

The world of goodness is made up of 1000s of singular acts of kindness.

Have a great Shabbos!

There WILL BE Shabbat services at 10:00 am. There WILL NOT be kabbalah and coffee this week.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

P.S. And he looked, and behold! A well in the field, and behold! Three flocks of sheep lying beside it, because from that well they would water the flocks, and a huge rock was upon the mouth of the well. And all the flocks would gather there, and they would roll the rock off the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and [then] they would return the rock onto the mouth of the well, to its place.   .... And he said, "The day is yet long; it is not the time to take in the livestock. Water the sheep and go pasture." And they said, "We cannot [do that], until all the flocks are gathered together, and they will roll the rock off the mouth of the well, and we shall [then] water the sheep." While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess. And it came to pass when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of Laban, his mother's brother and the sheep of Laban, his mother's brother, that Jacob drew near and rolled the rock off the mouth of the well, and he watered the sheep of Laban, his mother's brother. (Genisis Chapter 29) 

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