Updated: Dec 20, 2018
A man with tattoos, long hair, jeans and an opened T-shirt walked into a shul on Yom Kippur. This man didn't know how to read but he opened the siddur just to fit in. When he saw everyone praying with devotion and enthusiasm he started to cry. A few minutes later this man suddenly had an idea. He really wanted to be part of the prayer but he didn't know how, so he stood up and screamed on the top of his lungs cockadoodledoo! All the people who were once praying with a lot of devotion and enthusiasm immediately stopped. The shul got quiet and many congregants tried to escort this man out of the shul. The Baal Shem Tov heard this commotion and stopped his prayer to reprimand them saying. “How dare you judge this man from his prayers, they are worth more than everyone's prayer put together!” This man meant it from his heart and his soul!
Today is Rosh Chodesh Adar and tomorrow we will read Parshas Pekudei. Just like HASHEM'S presence crept into the soul of this man, so too it entered the “soul” of the mishkan. Purim teaches us that we should look into the soul of every person and find that divine presence in order to learn from it. So too in our everyday life, let's try to use HASHEM’S presence, power and love to find the best in people
All The best
Avroham Y Ross