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order
middot order

middahStrive for order gracefully and peaceably.

Order gives structure to our days and environment so as to maximize our ability and effectiveness. However, order can be demonstrated in unhealthy ways. Order out of balance can either appear completely obsessive and neat to a fault, while on the other end of the spectrum a total lack of order appears as chaos and disarray. Those who embody order have actions, possessions and tasks all of an orderly nature – everything has a set place and a set time.

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Suggested exercises:

  • Look at your daily routine and see if it is working; if not, change some part of your routine so it is more lifegiving.
  • Take a room or space that is out of order and make a plan to organize it.
  • Take an area or your life that needs discipline (health, fitness, prayer) and make a plan to make time for it.

featured articles


Order begins within, but inevitably shows up on the outside. “External disorder may be a reflection of internal disarray,” as Alan Morinis reminds us.1 Now, as I’m writing thi...
by rabbi russ resnik in torah
Moses said, “I must turn aside to look at this marvelous sight . . .” (Ex. 3:3). All of the middot are practical, and order might contend to be the most practical of all. ...
by rabbi russ resnik in torah
As a child I was diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NVLD). One of the clearest indicators of this learning difference was my early inability to process information out of s...
by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld in daily living
There was an office sign that read “a clean desk is a sign of a disturbed mind.”  Anyone who has ever battled with a cluttered desk could smile at that statement. ...
by rabbi michael schiffman in daily living
Luis Urzua has played a special role in this drama [Chilean mine ordeal]. He is credited with having kept the miners together back in August when there was no hope in sight.  W...
by rebbetzin malkah in daily living
The Hebrew word for order is seder. This same Hebrew root also gives rise to words like sederah which means a "row", and siddur which is a "prayer book." Order brings stability, co...
by rebbetzin malkah in meditation
In my own pursuit of Mussar, I find myself returning to Order more than any other middah. I can think of three reasons for this. ...
by rabbi russ resnik in besorah
On going to bed one says from ’Hear, oh Israel’ to ‘And it shall come to pass if you hearken diligently.’ Then he says: ‘’Blessed is He who causes the bands of sleep to f...
by rebbetzin malkah in mesorah

 

accounting


Use these questions to evaluate your day: What were the "seeds" that started to affect your order today? Did you start your day with a plan?  Did that plan come to fruiti...

quotes


“Align the course of your feet, and [thereby] all your ways will be corrected.” – Proverbs 4:26 “If a person in need of discipline is obstinate and resistive, he may sudd...

 

more articles

daily living


“All your actions and possessions should be orderly – each and every one in a set place and set time. Let your thoughts always be free to deal with that which lies ahead of you....
As a child I was diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NVLD). One of the clearest indicators of this learning difference was my early inability to process information out of s...
There was an office sign that read “a clean desk is a sign of a disturbed mind.”  Anyone who has ever battled with a cluttered desk could smile at that statement. ...
There's an old saying that goes, "If the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is eat a live frog, then nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day!" ...
During the last half of December through the month of January, I was recuperating from surgery and was, for the most part, bedridden. To pass the time, I played an online game calle...
Life is chaotic, but our souls don’t need to be. The wisdom of Mussar is that we can increase our inward order through practical action in our outward surroundings. ...
Do you ever feel overwhelmed—like you just have too much on your plate and you cannot keep up? Here at First Fruits of Zion, we are always taking on more projects than we can h...
Luis Urzua has played a special role in this drama [Chilean mine ordeal]. He is credited with having kept the miners together back in August when there was no hope in sight.  W...

torah


And on the seventh day the waters of the Flood came upon the earth. (Gen. 7:10) I have to admit that when I come to the end of the week on a particular middah, I often feel li...
Order begins within, but inevitably shows up on the outside. “External disorder may be a reflection of internal disarray,” as Alan Morinis reminds us.1 Now, as I’m writing thi...
Moses said, “I must turn aside to look at this marvelous sight . . .” (Ex. 3:3). All of the middot are practical, and order might contend to be the most practical of all. ...
When I began to focus intently on the Shema earlier this year, I realized I’d have to make some changes to line up with what I was reading, three in particular: I’d have to real...
This week, in the order of the Jewish calendar, we have the first haftarah of admonition (Jeremiah 1:1─2:3). The Rabbis instituted the reading of special haftarot in the...
Of all the biblical holidays, only Shavuot – the time of the giving of Torah – lacks a specific date. Instead of giving a month and a day as with other holidays, the Torah tells...
It is no small thing that the middah associated with the beginning of Pesach this year is seder (order). Drawing from insights I have heard and read from great scholars of...
G-d must be an engineer.  Well, at least I try to tell myself this.  We all look at Hashem through the lenses of our own experience.  I like to build things, and h...

besorah


Why is it that you see the speck in the eye of your brother, but the log that is in your eye, you do not notice? How can you tell your brother, “Permit me, and I will remove the s...
For Rav Shaul, “order” was a communal necessity. The gifted congregation in Corinth was instructed to conduct their meetings orderly (1 Cor 14:40). There is a very short phra...
In my own pursuit of Mussar, I find myself returning to Order more than any other middah. I can think of three reasons for this. ...

mesorah


"Whatever sacrifice is offered more regularly than its fellow takes precedence over its fellow, and whatever sacrifice is more holy than its fellow takes precedence over its fellow"...
Do you like to make choices?  Whether you do or not, it seems as though for each of us there is a never-ending stream of options that place demands upon our time and threaten t...
Not surprisingly, the name for the collection of blessing and davening texts for the Jewish people is the siddur, which comes from the word, seder (order). ...
On going to bed one says from ’Hear, oh Israel’ to ‘And it shall come to pass if you hearken diligently.’ Then he says: ‘’Blessed is He who causes the bands of sleep to f...

meditation


The Hebrew word for order is seder. This same Hebrew root also gives rise to words like sederah which means a "row", and siddur which is a "prayer book." Order brings stability, co...

stories


Said Rabbi Yehoshua ben Chananiah: "Once a child got the better of me." "I was traveling, and I met with a child at a crossroads. I asked him, 'Which way to the city?' and he an...
As we consider our prayerbook, the siddur, as a crucial component of an ordered and prayerful life, remember that it is also the simple prayer of a contrite heart and the proper int...

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