("Let's table the discussion" is a new Adath Israel Shul initiative where a story or thought is presented in order to stimulate exciting and constructive discussion around our Shabbos table or among friends and children. Dedicated to the Refuah Sheleima of Shalva Adina Bas Sarah Chana)
A man came across three masons who were working at chipping chunks of granite from large blocks. The first seemed unhappy at his job, chipping away and frequently looking at his watch. When the man asked what it was that he was doing, the first mason responded, rather curtly, “I’m hammering this stupid rock, and I can’t wait ’til 5 when I can go home.”
A second mason, seemingly more interested in his work, was hammering diligently and when asked what it was that he was doing, answered, “Well, I’m molding this block of rock so that it can be used with others to construct a wall. It’s not bad work, but I’ll sure be glad when it’s done.
A third mason was hammering at his block fervently, taking time to stand back and admire his work. He chipped off small pieces until he was satisfied that it was the best he could do. When he was questioned about his work he stopped, gazed skyward and proudly proclaimed, “I…am building a cathedral!”
Parshas Kedoshim is one of those Parshiyos with a myriad of Mitzvos. Still, it is prefaced with an introduction reminding us to be holy as Hashem is. Why is it necessary to highlight the aspect of holiness? Why is it especially important to do so in a Parsha with so many logical Mitzvos – taking care of interpersonal relationships, honoring parents, care for the elderly and the like?
Commentaries explain that by recognizing the point behind doing all the activities – the understanding that we are trying to emulate the Kedusha that emanates from Hashem – we will develop a renewed vigor and steadfastness to our mission even when the commitment to the particular Mitzva may seem “hard” or “pointless”.
What ideas help drive YOU in your Mitzva performance?
How can you strengthen the faithful Mitzva drive?
How can we engage our children to be motivated to a stronger, more spirited and more dedicated Torah lifestyle?
Let’s “table” the discussion – by discussing it with our children, spouses, families and guests and open an exciting discussion into our homes and community.