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Cheshvan 26

If you should neglect [the study] of Torah, you will find many excuses to neglect it (Ethics of the Fathers 4:12).

Rabbi Mendel of Kotzk once met a disciple of Rabbi Moshe of Kobrin.

"What was most important to your Rabbi?" he asked.

The disciple replied, "Whatever he happened to be doing at the moment."

Time should be precious to us. It is irreplaceable; unlike money, a moment that is lost can never be regained. Still, we protect our money far more than our time.

Absolute idleness consists of doing nothing. But there is also a relative idleness, when we occupy ourselves with things of lesser value.

If what we are doing at any given time is not the most important thing at that moment, something else must be even more important. If that is so, why are we neglecting what is more important and spending our time on what is less important? Would we be so foolish to spend our time earning less money when we could just as well be earning more

Today I shall...

try to realize the value of time, and make every moment count.

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May 21, 2009

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