Friday, May 1, 2009

Parshah for Parenting: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5769

This week's portion includes the instruction
to leave the corners of our fields unharvested
so that the poor in the community may gather them and be fed.
Rashi comments on this instruction
that anyone who fulfills it
is like someone who built the holy Temple
and offered sacrifices therein.

In other words,
doing something to positively affect the world
is equal (or greater) to
being in audience with the Holy One.

These days,
most of us don't have fields
to leave unharvested.
We do, however, have
our homes
our daily work
our families and friendships
our children.

When we use these things
to change the world for the better -
make our personal spaces ones of beauty, comfort, truth,
give some of the income that sustains us to help sustain others
do actions and speak words that show those dear to us how we love them

and raise our children
with the expectation

that they will give more to the world
than they take from it -

it is as though we have built the Temple
and offered sacrifices therein.


Phyllis Sommer said...

well said. shabbat shalom!

Ima said...

מי היה מאמין שאני כל כך אהנה מפרשת השבוע! את מוציאה שם טוב לרבות!

Anonymous said...

I L-O-V-E the new Slide Show Pictures! A wet, muddy day at the park :)
Love, Al

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