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Stand up and be counted!

Thursday, 13 June, 2019 - 11:18 am

Do you have an opinion? Are you willing to take a stand?

We all have values, thoughts, and opinions on many matters. At times, something external happens that reveals a fire, a passion or a capability that remained dormant and we get excited; we stand up and are counted.

We see this when people have become involved in their Chabad house or another local organization. For many years they may have been involved on the periphery and then something happens and they become the biggest advocate, supporter, volunteer, etc. 

This can happen in Judaism as well. For many years, one can remain somewhat distant from their involvement in their Jewish heritage. And then, after an event or occasion, whether it is having kids, the passing of a loved one, being introduced to the relevance of Judaism in removing stress or adding spirituality etc., promptly they get all involved and passionate about their Judaism! Often they are an involved advocate for people to get involved!

I realized that this is connected to this week’s Parsha after discussing this with a financial partner of Chabad this week. We were discussing the difference between a partner and a donor. A partner cares about the organization and wants it to be successful; it is THEIR Chabad house, THEIR shul, THEIR organization. A donor, on the other hand, gives money, time, volunteers, etc. to THE Chabad house, THE shul, THE organization but it is not their own.

The Parsha begins with the message that to be counted you need Naaso, to be lifted up, to step out of your comfort zone to reveal that internal fire, passion and capability. 

So this week, stand up and be counted and make the world a better place!

Have a great Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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