Question & Answer With Rabbi Lazer Brody
A Simple Jew's Question:
How does one maintain a focus on ruchnius with a furnance that dies or a faucet that starts spewing water? These things eat up a person's time, taking him away from the more important things in life.
Rabbi Lazer Brody's Answer:
The wake up calls do waste time, but it's Hashem's message to us to think about the tremendous amounts of time we waste. When the furnace goes and we have to run around looking for repairs, Hashem is saying, "What, the Super Bowl was more important than Baba Kama? You have time to waste? OK, I have plenty of messengers to help you waste time!" And, after you waste $750 good green bucks fixing the thing, Hashem is saying, "If you would have given maaser properly, you could have given another $750 to a worthy Torah scholar in Eretz Yisroel. You find it difficult in parting with your money for a mitzva? I have plenty of messengers that will help you part with your money for a tzora." Our job is to open our eyes, do Tshuva, and correct what needs correcting. Unfortunately, many folks close their hearts, eyes, and ears to Hashem's messages.