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Ki Savo 5777 – Make Every Day an Adventure

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Devarim 5777

Ki Savo 5777 – Make Every Day an Adventure

“This day, Hashem, your God, commands you to perform these decrees and the statutes, and you shall observe and perform them with all your heart and all your soul.” (Devarim 26:17)

New is Never Boring

The Evan Ezra says that this pasuk are the words of Moshe Rabbainu. Rashi understands that Moshe’s words are a type of advice. He quotes the Midrash Tanchuma which explains that each day one should accept the mitzvahs as if they were “new” commandments. We take this to mean that Moshe Rabbainu is telling us not to do the mitzvahs by rote. Look at them as something new each day. But does waking up ‘new’ really give us different results if we are doing the same mitzvahs over and over again? Why should it?

The Definition of Insanity

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Since Hashem’s mitzvos never change, how does “waking up new’ take us out of the wearisome feeling that one boring day leads to another?

Perhaps the following short story will help us understand.

Reuven and Shimon worked side by side as postal clerks. They both had the same hours and the same responsibility. They were even paid the same wages. The only difference between the two was that Rueven did not like his job and Shimon loved his job. One day the boss reminded Reuven that it was his turn to take out the garbage. This request was too much for Reuven, his frustration had built up over the years and he let it all out in a tirade of insults directed at his boss.

Fortunately for Reuven, his friend Shimon came running up and calmed down the boss. “Don’t mind him, he hasn’t slept well the past few days,” Shimon said to the boss as he quickly whisked him away. “What’s going on with you?” Shimon asked his friend. “Why did you go ballistic back there?”

Reuven broke down. “I don’t understand, we both have the same job and yet you are so much happier than me. What’s your secret?” he sobbed.

Filling Rote-Holes With New Insights

Shimon explained, “As I see it, you fulfill your duties out of a sense of responsibility. And although this is very commendable, it renders your job routine. Then you blow up because it has become a burden too heavy to bear. I come to work each day with no expectations. I am always learning something new and therefore every day I wake up as a new person. That’s why my job never seems dull or routine.

Incremental Changes

The secret of waking up new each day is to go to sleep different because of something that was learned during the day. Sometimes in our lives a simple incremental change can have the greatest impact!

When we integrate change we actually do wake up as a new person because the whole world looks different from one day to the next. Each mitzvah takes on a new meaning, it is fresh and fulfilling! This newness drives our enthusiasm and we are able to serve Hashem with all our heart and soul.

Now, during Ellul, is the most opportune time to fill in the “Rote-Holes”. May Hashem bless us all with a beautiful new year filled with wonder and excitement.

 

 

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