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Keeping People Waiting

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Published: November 21, 2009


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Visitor Comments: 25

(25) Anonymous, December 9, 2009 7:24 PM

wedding waiting!!

im making a wedding in a few weeks: one area that we can definately improve in is response cards for simchas (and im guilty of taking my time to return them too and didnt realize how important it was till im on the other side)...its very stressful not being able to plan seating arrangements or know how many people to pay for till the week of the simcha (especially when it's a wedding) and the bride and groom want to be focussing on much more important matters like preparing spiritually and emotionally for the big day! something to think about!

(24) Anonymous, November 29, 2009 6:52 AM

This is well put. In recent years, especially since hearing Rabbi Pesach Krohn mention this in one of his devrei Torah, I have become conscious of the fact that by keeping someone waiting, we are stealing this person's time, which really ia part of his/her life. Rabbi Salamon, you have again reiforced this idea and I always try not to keep someone waiting unnecessarily.

(23) Anonymous, November 29, 2009 6:50 AM

I try to respond to emails within 48 business hours. The goal is to respond within 24. If something seems like it will need more time for me to write out a proper response, I send a quick note that acknowledges I have received the author's information, am taking it into consideration, and will get back to them in X amount of time. When dealing with lines at the post office, grocery store, or wherever, I either 1) listen to a lecture on my mp3 player; 2) take out a book or article I've folded into my pocketbook or coat; or 3) start to do some subtle calf raises and stretches. It'll cut down on my workout time later. If we can't get others to be more careful with their time, we can still take responsbility for maximizing usage of our own. For suggestion 2), I sometimes put in ear plugs so that I can have greater focus on the material.

(22) Anonymous, November 26, 2009 9:58 AM

Rabbi this info is sooo needed. Very good and thank you. Like someone said earlier, please write this out - and give us some suggestions, I have about a dozen friends I could share this with. I've had to wait 1 or 2 hours on some of these friends, (one person has small children) and I'm tired of enabling them.

(21) Anonymous, November 26, 2009 7:57 AM

Well said, but I think you missed one point. A major reason we keep people waiting, or arrive late, is that we think our presence doesn't matter. Its no big deal if we arrive late, no one cares. We don't make a difference. We come late to events, work, parties and worst of all, prayer. Just the fact that our neshama shows up, alters any atmosphere. Our presence can and does make a diffference to others

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