Rabbi David Paskin
The Little Things
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From Rabbi David
"Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn." (Gen 32:25)
Why was he alone?
In the Talmud Rabbi Elazar says: The reason Jacob remained alone was that he remained to collect some small pitchers פכין קטנים that had been left behind.
What a message! Here he is about to reunite with his brother after 20 years, face his fears and his brother’s anger and he takes a moment to tend to some small household items. Perhaps the lesson to take is that if we want big miracles to happen we should concentrate on the details - doing little things that make a big difference.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the big things - the big problems, the big challenges. To feel that it's just too big and there's nothing we can do. But the little things we can do - matter a tremendous amount. That's why we teach your children every day that a smile matters, kind hands matter, and saying "please" and "thank you" matters.
We have big problems and big challenges in our world - our children don't need to worry about those. But if we can teach them young about all the little things they should attend to then maybe, just maybe, we have a shot at tackling some of those bigger challenges.