Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Proximity

The person working in an executive office is acutely aware that his proximity to senior management has both positive and negative benefits. Since he is under management's watchful eye he has to ensure that he constantly produces so management perceives him to be a good worker.

His fellow worker in an office or cubicle outside the executive suite is not subject to this same level of intense scrutiny. While initially this may seem to be something positive, it is not entirely positive since the worker outside the executive suite is not rewarded as frequently or as generously as his co-worker inside the suite. Management is most cognizant of the workers that they see on a daily basis.

This situation is analogous to Hashem's direct supervision of Eretz Israel. The Torah (Devarim 11:12) states that Hashem's eyes are always upon Eretz Israel "from the beginning of the year to the end of the year". While He sees things going on all over the world, His most intense focus is on Eretz Israel.

In a practical sense this means that the "reward" of the observant Jew living in Eretz Israel is greater than the "reward" of the observant Jew who lives outside Eretz Israel. It also means that Hashem is more exacting with the Jew who lives Eretz Israel than the Jew who lives outside Eretz Israel.

The person working in the executive suite must always remember that his actions alone dictate whether he is allowed to remain there. Being in the executive suite carries special responsibilities. It is not something to be taken lightly.

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And You, Hashem, have kindness, for You repay a man according to his deeds.

(Tehillim 62:13)

5 Comments:

At June 29, 2005 at 10:11:00 PM EDT, Anonymous s said...

I read about something similar.

The land of Israel enhances the spiritual energy of our acts. And so the mitzvos we do in the land are greater than if done in the diaspora, And the aveiros we do in the land are worse than if done in the diaspora.

That 2nd part scares me. I feel that if i were to move to there, i would have to be very careful. however, it's good motivation to improve myself.

 
At June 30, 2005 at 1:04:00 AM EDT, Blogger sara said...

Simple Jew check out the comment I made on the MetalBlog section about DAVID LAZZAR the first JEWISH HEAVY METAL Rock artist. His web is DAVIDLAZZAR.COM

 
At June 30, 2005 at 1:42:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

on your question if there is any good Jewish Metal out there? Which you posted a while back. Hit the bottom of the page post a comment and you'll see what I wrote about David Lazzar.

 
At June 30, 2005 at 4:57:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

I just checked out the website. Thanks.

Which CD would you recommend?

 
At July 3, 2005 at 5:39:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Simple Jew,
Judah's Fill & Shtark are the CD's that I recommend. They truly rock! Too bad David Lazzar is still unknown to the masses of Jewish rockers out there. I don't think he's getting the credit or the publicity that he deserves. I wish he would get signed with Sony Records or hire a really good publicist, then the whole world would know his music.

 

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