Do as I Do
I read your article on the Sh’ma and I am writing you to tell you a story concerning your father.
I was a young boy and I heard him explain to someone about why he said the Sh’ma every night before he went to bed.
I didn’t hear any part of the story except…
“…and that’s why I say the Sh’ma every night before I go to bed.”
Well, after hearing him say that I started to say it every night before I go to bed. I also say it in the morning.
It just seems like the right thing to do.
It so happens that it is the right thing to do. It certainly is the Jewish thing to do.
Rabbis, by nature, like to teach. And we love to explain. And elucidate. How easy it is to forget that sometimes we teach much more by our actions than by our words.
How many conversations we have with people over the years, never really knowing if we’ve made an impact. So I forwarded this letter to BossGiraffe. I was a bit curious what the explanation was that this young man had not heard. A one verse reply was all that was needed.
When you lie down and when you rise up.