Thursday, November 25, 2010


 Tuesday night, a friend and I went to an interfaith service at a local Conservative Jewish synagogue, sponsored by the local Christian-Jewish Council. It was quite interesting. There were responsive readings, prayers, and readings from the Jewish prayerbook, the Siddur. Although it wasn't a passage that was read, one that I glanced at which caught my eye. It is Pirkei Avot 1:14, which states:

"Hillel used to say: If I am not for myself who will be for me? Yet, if I am for myself only, what am I? And if not now, when?"

In a way, it fits with the holiday, for me. It talks about helping others, and standing up for others. It reminds me of how thankful I am to have had friends over the years who have helped me through some very dark times; and likewise I have tried to be there for them as well. Yes, my life isn't quite where I want it to be at the moment, as can probably be gathered in previous posts. But it could be a lot worse off as well!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it!

1 comment:

Angel said...

Intriguing verse, Chad. And Happy Thanksgiving!

I guess another way to say it would be, "if I don't care about myself or others then how human am I? And what's the point of living this life if we don't take an interest?"

Yes, we really cannot afford to sit on our tushes and let the world spin by around us without asking some pretty vital questions concerning who we surround ourselves with and what we value.