Are we there for those who need us most?
Over Shabbat, we will conclude the book of Shemot with an interesting story. the Jews had donated so much to the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) that they were actually told to stop giving. In particular, the women gave their own precious jewellery and beautifying instruments – their mirrors – to build the wash basin that the Priests would use before they began their service. The Torah describes at length the details of this incredible tale of Jewish generosity.
I believe this level of giving has defined our people throughout time. We have always given ourselves over – completely – selflessly – to so many worthy causes and have always dedicated ourselves to supporting the countries in which we live. This is something we do really well. Just look at Israel today – always the first on the scene to respond to humanitarian crises and at the cutting edge of developing life-advancing treatments and technologies.
Now let us extend this idea of giving into our individual lives: Yes, we ought to contribute to good and worthy causes but what about those who need us most? Are we there entirely for our spouses, children or parents for a few moments each day? What about that friend or co-worker who called asking you for help, have we responded to them in time?
Let’s take a moment to ponder…
Rabbi Yossi Friedman