Friday, July 15, 2016

Blood, Sweat & Tears

The goal of this blog is to push your Friday night dinner table to its highest level...
I began to rewrite this email in response to the horror and tragedy on the French Riviera.

But then I remembered the letter I wrote to the French People eighteen months ago.

It's a devastating tragedy and they have only our sympathy, but I stand by what I wrote before.

What are you supposed to say to family from Texas who are going on a European vacation? Don't go? You can't live in fear.

But what you can do is emulate the "ninja rabbi" - rabbinical student Akiva Neuman - who recently competed on American Ninja in kippa and tzit-tzit fringes.

In the interviews, he stresses breaking stereotypes about rabbis and orthodox Jews.

Yada, yada, yada.

I would like to suggest a different angle.

The reports on Neuman stress his line that it's a mitzvah to take care of your health.

That's true, but Neuman didn't just wake up one day and decide he was going to become athletic. He was always inclined to sports and fitness.

What he emulates for me is, use your God-given talents. All of them. To their maximum.

So there's your question for your table - What are your talents that you are not (yet) using to their maximum?

Shabbat Shalom

PS - A prescient Netanyahu to France - help us get these guys before they come to France!

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