Patience

Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Satanov (1749–1826) was a highly respected teacher of Mussar – the Jewish movement that focused on teaching people how to live ethical, moral lives.  As part of his own study, Rabbi Mendel created a list of 18 middot, principles that help people live their best lives. Number two on Rabbi Mendel’s list: patience.  “When something happens to you and you do not have the power to control it,” teaches Rabbi Mendel, “do not aggravate the situation further through wasted anxiety or grief.” I need to work on patience, especially as we return to the new normal that has been created by the pandemic. I am so anxious to see all of you at services, classes and social events. I am ready to toss the masks away, push the chairs in the sanctuary back together and return to the way things used to be. However, I know we can’t do this yet and, as we wait for things to improve, we must be cautious and, with patience, move…