There is a saying in Ecclesiastes: “The heart of a wise man is to the right, and the heart of a fool to the left”.
The meaning of this sentence is the following: Hebrew is written from right to left. When reading a book or studying, if one looks to the right (looks back at the pages read) one will see how much they have read and feel encouraged. If on the other hand one looks to the left (ahead), one will feel discouraged by seeing how much more there is to read/study.
This is true not only with reading and studying, but with any achievement.
It is very important to look back at our efforts or any accomplishments and appreciate what we’ve done. This will encourage us! – In our ambition to achieve more we often overlook what we have already achieved and miss the opportunity to be motivated.
This weeks portion is called “Pekudei” – Counting. It is referring to the summing up of the donations and the building efforts put towards the construction of the Mishkan – Sanctuary.
One may feel: Who cares? Why bother counting every detail? Let’s just move forward and get on with it…
Wrong! The right attitude is to look back at your achievements and smile. Smile that you have done something great and then you will want to do more and more.
Lets look back at some of the happenings at our community this past week. On Monday night Dina and Zina Conway ran a Hamentashen bake with great success with over 40 woman in attendance! What a beautiful night it was. Pictures of the evening are on the Synagogue website.
On Sunday, The new Sunday Funday program began. The program went off to a great start. The children connected right away with the teacher Rivky, they had a great time and they learnt a lot and as a result there has been more interest in the program from other families.
There will be many enjoyable events over the next few weeks: Purim class/discussion on the 17th and Purim parties on the 23 and 24th.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Dina and I wish you all Shabbat Shalom.
Rabbi Chaim and Dina Koncelposki