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Parashat Shoftim – Thank You


In times gone by, when men would hunt for bears in the wild, they would first send a dog out as “bait”. The dog’s presence would set off a chase with the bear, allowing the hunter to catch the bear off guard and take his shot.

A thought to ponder: Who really caught the bear? The hunter or the dog?

The hunter had to strategize where and when to begin the chase, while the dog had to draw the bear out into the open, with the final shot coming from the hunter.

This is, in fact, one of the great questions of life. We all achieve remarkable things, but we cannot deny that teamwork is the key to success.

This is true in the workforce, where our talents complement and support one another. The salesperson goes out and pitches the deal, while the one who researches and finds the lead facilitates the sale, to begin with.

This is true within our own selves as well, for each individual has inherent limitations as a human being. Together we complement each other. The wise person is able to share advice, while the kind person can help the wise man be a mensch! We all need each other and can bring out the best from one another. 

The same applies, perhaps to an even stronger degree, in our relationship with the creator. We would never be able to do anything without Him. This is why, when we take credit for success, we ought to add a few humbling words. A thanks to the creator. 

After all, teamwork ought to be recognized, and each contributor should be acknowledged and

appreciated. The creator gives us freedom of choice, let’s recognize the gift he gave us.

Thanking the creator is normal, healthy, and a sign of integrity. 

Wishing you and your family a Shabat Shalom 

Rabbi Mendy