Time management

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Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

Time management is a matter of vital importance, even holiness. We read about time management in this week's Torah portion as it includes the mitzvah of counting the Omer. Between the festivals of Pesach and Shavuot, we mark each day by declaring how many "days of the Omer" (eventually reaching 49 days) have been counted.

Our commentators explain that whoever wishes to receive the Torah on the festival of Shavuot, whoever desires to stand at the foot of Mount Sinai -- must learn to appreciate time. Part of our preparation for receiving the Torah involves learning how to value time by paying attention to how much time is wasted and how much is utilized to the fullest -- how much time is invested in what is truly important to us and in what we planned to do, as opposed to being swept up and distracted by Internet feeds and social media posts that cause us to regret where the time has gone. The Lubavitcher Rebbe summarized the mitzvah of counting the Omer with a penetrating thought that reminds us that time is a most precious gift: "Hours of the day need to be carefully counted and accounted for, and then the days will be properly accounted for as well. When a day has passed, we need to know what was done with it, and what more we need to do in the future."

May we enjoy success in managing your time.

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