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Friday, 25 February 2011 13:24

say and do it

art-squirrelDiligence is one of the most underrated of human values. Some people think diligence is just being busy. It reminds me of the old Communist proverb. “We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us.”

There is a lot more to being diligent than being busy. A good way to understand its importance is to examine what happens without it. The opposite of diligence is laziness, and neglect. One could argue that if I put off something until tomorrow, there is no big deal, because its my time and my life. However, it could be costly. If I buy an airline ticket, the longer I wait, the higher the prices go. I put off stopping to fill my gas tank, and the next day found the prices had risen by 15 cents a gallon. In an age of inflation, the sooner you make your purchases, the better. But this is not the worst part about not being diligent.

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Tuesday, 17 August 2010 10:46

Abraham lifted up his eyes...

God's final test for Avraham was the most unsettling of all the 10 tests.  God's request that Avraham sacrifice his son and give up his future went against the most fundamental traits in his personality.  What was Avraham known for?  Radical hospitality.  Our tradition teaches us that he and Sarah were the embassadors of kindness among all the people they sojourned with.  Of our ancestors, he and Sarah were the embodiment of chesed (kindness).  The tragedy of Avraham and Sarah's life was that until an old age, they had no children through which they could plant seeds of kindness into the world.  When God opened Sarah's womb and brought the miraculous birth of Isaac, Avraham's lifetime of service and faithfullness to the one true God met its reward.

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