Over the past one and a half years, a friend of mine has been a chaplain in the U.S army. Since today was Independence day, I feel it's appropriate to talk about the effect one person can have on his unit and, furthermore, the outcome of the war. While on base, my friend showed his unit how to fight while having faith or serving Hashem.
In this week's Parsha, Parshas Pinchas, we celebrate someone standing with pride and being recognized for showing the nation how to be a good example. We see Pinchas rewarded for standout service thus showing the nation with what standard to hold themselves. Just like a chaplain makes serving Hashem easier in a place of war, so too are we supposed to make serving Hashem easier in the world we live in. While a regular person might not stand up, take responsibility and inspire others, Pinchas did, chaplains do and we are able.
Each and every day, we have the ability to be like Pinchas. Each and every one of us have the ability to stand up in the face of overwhelming odds. Instead of sitting in the shadows and watching the world collapse, we can transform and revitalize the world. I hope to hear what you did to be a leader this week. Through our actions, let’s bring moshiach right now.
All the best.
Avroham Y Ross