A Do-It-With-Joy Revolution
ציור: אהובה קליין

A wise friend of mine, a mother of small children, said this: “No matter what, we have to make sandwiches and drive our kids to kindergarden every day. Our choice is how we do this, stressed out or with joy, in bitterness or with enthusiasm. From Avraham Avinu, we learn to do everyday tasks with eagerness and joy. To become excited from the routine. See how the Bible verses describe how he hosts strangers whom he invites into his tent: ‘And Avraham hurried to his tent, to Sarah, and he said: quickly, take three se’ah of meal and fine flour; knead (dough) and make cakes. And Avraham ran to the cattle, and he took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the youth, and he hurried to prepare it.’ Avraham hurries and runs and makes others eager to join him in speedy preparation for the feast. He dances with the dishes as he serves his guests, as if he had just won a prize. More than his guests enjoy the meal, Avraham enjoys fulfilling the mission for which he was created – to help others. Avraham teaches us that life is not just a question of what you are doing, but also of how you are doing it.”

 

Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

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Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya, the mother of five. Lives in Jerusalem. She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Radio). Her lectures on the weekly Torah portion are attended by hundreds and the live broadcast attracts thousands more listeners throughout the world.
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