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Parashat Eikev – Are We Outdated?


The large clock was the talk of the town. Flawlessly accurate, it kept everyone on schedule. The townspeople had only one problem, the clock was simply too high up. Why crane their necks to have to see the time?

And so, a town hall decision was made to lower the clock. Time passed and something strange happened – the clock ceased to be accurate!

You see, once the clock was within reach, instead of adjusting their watches to the clock, people began adjusting the town clock to their own…

The human being is constantly forced to make adjustments in life. Indeed, if we don’t adjust, we become outdated or even obsolete. Adjusting is the name of the game.

But adjusting isn’t declaring bankruptcy. It’s not about diluting the goal; it’s about perseverance and focus. Yes, there are and constantly will be new ways to reach a destination. For example,  snail-mail used to be a preferred method of communication, now it’s e-mail. But at the end of the day, the package is sent. The goal is achieved.

So as we make our adjustments in life, let’s remember to keep our eye on the prize. After all, it is the focus and perseverance that ensure our adjustments will indeed bring us closer to our goal, rather than make it obsolete!

As Jews, this is of particular importance. Yes, we have adjusted; we have Torah via email! But, we haven’t changed the Torah! If Moses were to attend a Torah class today, he would recognize the Torah! It’s exactly the same one he received at Sinai!

That’s eternity! We ought to be proud of it!

Wishing you and your family a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Mendy