Updated: Nov 12, 2018
My heart was pumping quickly as we ran through town as fast as we could. There was only a 40% chance that we could make the train before it left, but I am not one to give up. At around the third street, my friend said that we should turn down the next alley, because he knew it would be an easy shortcut to the station. I learned a lesson that can be applied to every person on a daily basis - taking risks is very important.
In this week's parsha, Parshas Emor, we continue learning about the Kohanim. The parsha states, as I mentioned last week, “A kohen has to do certain things in order to serve hashem with his full potential”. What we don't know regarding the kohen, is the exact path every single person needs to follow to achieve that goal.
There are many ways to get to a desired result. One experience doesn’t necessarily change the outcome. For this reason we can share our goals, missions, inspirations and failures with everyone around us. One may ask, why bother sharing the failures? The answer is that if for whatever reason we didn't “make the train”, we now know a better, faster route for our next attempt.
This week's parsha further mentions that the kohanim cannot become contaminated from his/her family. This idea highlights that our family is really important. Therefore, even if someone doesn't have blood family, Klal Yisroel is here, and during this long challenging road of life, let your family help!
In conclusion, I don't have an answer for how to get from one place to another, but I won't back down from trying. It says in Pirkei Avos, “One who stands alone suffers alone” So let us make a plan to break free from any restraints and change the world. Join me every week as I show you a glimpse of life from my perspective, and you can show me yours so we can transform the world together!
Have an amazing Shabbos. All the best! Mashiach Now Avroham Y Ross