Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Advice for Baalei Teshuva - What do you think?
A friend of mine, also from back in Dixie, shared with me the following story that happened to him when he was becoming religious:
When he started going to Shacharis regularly at his local Shul, he heard someone bang on the Bima right as everyone was beginning to say Shemoneh Esreh. (This is done on Rosh Chodesh to remind people to say "Ya'aleh V'yavo," for Rosh Chodesh) He thought, "Wow, that's nice. They're banging to make sure everyone is quiet and to remind them that this was the time to begin Shemoneh Esreh."
The next day (the second day of Rosh Chodesh), they did it again. However on the third day, no one banged on the Bima. My friend figured that someone was just slacking off. So the day after that, as Shemoneh Esreh was beginning, he banged on the Bima. And again the day after that, and the day after that. So for about two weeks, he was banging on the Bima every day at the beginning of Shemoneh Esreh till he found out that this was only done on Rosh Chodesh as a Ya'aleh V'yavo reminder!
Apropos to this story, he shared with me the following advice, for Baalei Teshuva:
"Never be the first to do anything.
Never be the last to do anything.
Never be the only one to do anything.
Never be the loudest to do anything."
What do you think?
(Picture courtesy of Yeshiva Derech Eitz Chaim)
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