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Before you take, think of others

By Rabbi Dean Shapiro | Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 8:22 am

Parshat Emor outlines the “fixed times” of the year – the sacred festivals of the Jewish people. It instructs us to count the seven weeks of seven days between Pesach and Shavuot. This is the Counting of the Omer, the season in which we currently find ourselves.

The counting concludes with “an offering of new grain to God” (Leviticus 23:16). We can understand God is the Source of Bounty. Even had we been farmers who tilled the field, planted the seeds and harvested the grain, we still would not have caused the sun to shine, the rain to fall or the seed to germinate. So, too, although we may work the hours, close the deals or design the product, we still do not create the natural resources, guide the economy or cause the inspiration. We are limited beings, not solely responsible for our success. We would do well to be humble.

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