Monday, September 3, 2012

Elul 16

Abraham argued to save strangers in the city of Sodom; Noah built a boat to save himself and his family. In Jewish folklore Noah became a tzaddik im peltz, ‘a righteous man in a fur coat’. There are two ways of keeping warm on a cold night: buying a fur coat or lighting a fire. Don't care only for yourself; shuck the coat and light a fire.
Commit yourself during the month to “lighting a fire” for somebody in need.  Perhaps the person is a mentee, or works with you, or is a member of your family.  Often, we need not look beyond our routines to find somebody in need.

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