Earlier this week, I took some time to reflect on my life over the past few months. I thought about all the things I used to be highly active in, like running and this Dvar Torah, and then I thought about the things that I still take part in every day, like the tefillin squad, work, and planning for a wedding. I realized that if I take the time to capitalize on every moment, I shouldn’t feel sad for what I missed but look for what I can do in the future to make the things I care about a priority once again.
Recently, I have been thinking about being Jewish and what role it plays in my life. I concluded that being Jewish isn’t a religion but a way of being and a relationship with Hashem. When I wake up in the morning, I look forward to starting my day with tefillin and connecting with Hashem. Not because I was put into a box and told to do A-Z, but because the actions mean something to me and will affect my relationship. People become full of regret regarding the opportunities they missed or the mitzvos they didn’t do. However, thinking about the lost opportunities creates a stumbling block for many possibilities in the future.
During this week, please join me in this quest as we think about the opportunities ahead and capitalize on them. Whether it’s doing an extra mitzvah, having more Ahavas Yisrael, etc. Everything you do will better your relationship with Hashem and make this world a better place. With Hashem’s help, this golus will come to an end immediately, and we will be reunited with our loved ones in yerushaliam with the coming of Moshiach!
All the best
Avroham Y Ross