Shabbat Talmud Study: What is Your Daily Offering?


In response to Pittsburgh, now in response to Thousand Oaks, and in response to this fraught moment in which we find ourselves, we have been thinking about how we fulfill the teaching of Dr. King: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” How do we become a source of light and love?

Last week we encountered the idea, in Stephen Covey’s classic The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, of attending your own funeral. You will hear a family member, a friend, a business colleague, and member of your faith or service community speak about you. What would you want them to say? Are you now living a life that would get them to say it? If not, what tweaks might you make?

In tomorrow’s class, we are going to continue the conversation by adding an important value concept from the Torah: the daily offering. We read about the daily offering yesterday and today, as it is the focal point of the Rosh Hodesh Torah reading.

Tomorrow morning we are going to talk about not the big moments, ShowUpForShabbat where we had 1,200 people, but the daily, private, small moments. What granular stuff can you do? You will leave tomorrow morning with three questions that go to your daily offering, three things to think about as you try to become a source of light and love.

See you tomorrow at 8:30!

Shabbat shalom,
Wes