Hopes for 5779 – Tragedy to Tafkid
I was planning to talk about Conquer Your Clutter and a listener question about purchasing clothing on sale, but then yesterday, Ari Fuld Z”L was murdered, and talking about buying things on sale the week of Yom Kippur just didn’t seem right.
Instead, this week I talk about, tafkid – your mission in life and how even in times of mourning we need to be careful about waste. For example, when you tear your clothing as a sign of mourning, Jewish Eco Funerals, and I talk about how my friend, Ben Goldstein, inspired me with a pre-funeral video that showed the unity of the Jewish people.
I apologize for the sniffling, but I recorded this episode about 5 times before I could even get through the first few lines without crying. I hope you are inspired to reach your true potential, fulfill your tafkid, and pledge to make this new year the year you finally Conquer Your Clutter
G’mar Chatima Tova- May you be sealed in the book of life.
Key Takeaways to Tune In For
- [06:05] Rabbi Ari Fuld Z”L was a hero in Israel and I sat and watched as thousands attended his funeral to pay their respects.
- [08:01] Watching the funeral reminded me of how careful the laws of burial are in Judaism and in tearing one’s clothing during mourning.
- [09:51] While finishing up with a client of mine the other day, this client asked me “Would you rather take all the discarded items to the recycling and not just throw them in the garbage?” And to me- when the Torah has laws against wasting, means that we need to put in the effort to make sure that we do not unnecessarily destroy items we don’t have a use for,
- [11:24] In one of the eulogies from Ari’s Z”L spoke about how Ari fulfilled his tafkid- his purpose of life.
- [12:29] as we go through the Yom Kippur service this year, think about how YOU can make the earth a better place: by reducing your waste, being kind to others, etc.
- [13:00] Our purpose in life should not be about our stuff. We don’t have time to worry about the items that are not important to us, and we don’t have time for other people and ourselves.
Make sure to check out my Conquer Your Clutter course to learn how to minimize the items in your house and maximize the time with your family.