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What I learned from the carpenter

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The Baal Shel Tov was sitting with his students and teaching them. Suddenly, someone knocked on the door. It was a carpenter who repaired furniture and he asked if there was any piece of furniture to fix. They answered negatively, but he insisted that they should search again, because there must be somewhere something to repair.

After the carpenter left, the Rabbi told his students: “We can learn something very important from this man. When we serve G-d, even if we are sure that everything is complete and correct, we need to look again because there is surely something that we can fix, that we can improve.

On the other hand, this does not mean that our work is pointless, since it is not perfect. G-d wants us to do what we can, and He doesn’t demand from us to be perfect, but to constantly strive to be.

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom,

Arie from the Yeshiva

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