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Dynamic Seasons of Change

by Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow

  

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Seasonal Change
The winter has come to an end and the long awaited summer has finally arrived. The weather changes, the sun emerges and we take it for granted that the worst is over. We plan our vacations, take out our summer clothes and begin preparations for a calm and relaxing season.

In the back of our minds we know that this new season will also come to an end, after that a new season will arrive and we will have to plan and prepare all over again. Nevertheless we don't allow this knowledge to deter us from our diligent preparations. We recognize that during the course of life, we constantly experience seasonal changes and that each season requires a certain amount of planning and preparation.


Spiritual Change
It is not only the physical weather patterns that are subject to continual change but the nature of our spirituality as well. In our dynamic religion we never remain static but continually experience growth and change.

The Torah teaches that every day we are given the opportunity to grow in our spirituality and in our service to G-d. Every day, the Almighty gives us the strength to take one step forward, the potential to climb one more rung in the ladder of spirituality. Every day brings with it a new set of expectations along with an increased measure of spiritual strength, thus; every day becomes a season for itself.


Plan Ahead
We must plan and prepare for these spiritual seasons with the same vigor and enthusiasm that we invest in our physical seasons. We must make precise and detailed plans for how we intend to increase our level of spirituality. How much charity we are willing to give, how many hours we are willing to commit, how many classes we are willing to attend. These plans must later serve as the blueprint for our behavior during the course of the season.

Every one is capable of living up to these daily expectations, however, we must be willing to apply ourselves and commit to these goals. We must train ourselves to remember that yesterday's success is no longer sufficient for today and that today's accomplishments will not suffice for tomorrow.

Rabbi Lazer Gurkow serves as Rabbi at congregation Beth Tefilah in London, Ontario Canada, and a popular Scholar on AskMoses.com.  More of his essays can be found at: http://www.innerstream.ca


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