Torah Portion: Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)
Shevat 10, 5781
A Life Lesson
Listen and Hear
So listen to those around you who know you well and whose opinions you value. But the ball ultimately will still be in your court, so fight the urge to justify your past actions and start taking good advice.
While it might not be easy on your ego to do this, it will, however, make you great.
What makes a Great Leader?
A. He felt like he had no choice and couldn’t do things faster.
A. He realized he really could move fast if he wanted to and felt inspired to improve.
A. He hadn’t thought he was able to do things fast and that it was important to do so, but after realizing he could do things more quickly – and that it made life more pleasant, he decided it was something worthwhile to do.
A. Since he felt motivated – he wanted to get up early and ski – he was able to do things quickly, whereas usually he was un-motivated to go to school. This helped him realize that his slow-ness was something he could control and improve.
A. On a practical level, we simply get a lot more accomplished when we move fast. Besides this, doing things quickly can fill us up with energy and make life seem more joyful and fun.
A. If going quickly makes us careless, it’s likely better to slow down somewhat. Also if we feel tempted to do something we know we shouldn’t, a little procrastination is the best thing we could do.
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JOKE OF THE WEEK
Old Heshy was getting a little lonely living by himself after his wife passed away so he decided to buy himself a pet. Heshy was always a little different, and apparently so was his choice in pets. He got himself a penguin. He named him Cholent.
Soon after he got Cholent the penguin, Heshy was driving in town one day with Cholent sitting on the front seat next to him.
A policeman notices Cholent in the car and motions for Heshy to pull over.
The officer says, “What are you doing with that penguin?”
Heshy replies, “We are just going for an afternoon drive.”
The officer says, “I want you to take that penguin to the zoo right away, or you will be in big trouble.”
Heshy replies, “No problem, I can do that,” and the policeman lets them go on their way. Two days later, Heshy and Cholent are going for a drive again with Cholent sitting in the front seat. This time the penguin has on dark sunglasses. When they pass through town, the same policeman spots Cholent in the car. He furiously motions for Heshy to pull over. As soon as the car stops, he marches right up to Heshy and demands, “You are the same guy I saw two days ago with a penguin. What are you trying to do now? Don’t you think that I can still recognize a penguin even if it has sunglasses on? I thought I told you to take that penguin to the zoo right away?” Heshy replies, “Yes officer you did. I took him to the zoo yesterday. We had so much fun at the zoo that I thought we would go to the beach today!”
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