Thursday, June 14, 2007

Making The Path Easier For Others

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A man that I know came up to me last night and told me that the fact that I wear my yarmulke at work inspired him, and he started wearing his as well. I am still amazed that my simple act of wearing a yarmulke paved a path and made it easier for a fellow Jew to do likewise.

It is a truly miraculous thing when we are given glimpses into how our mitzvos impact the world.


At June 14, 2007 at 8:44:00 AM EDT, Blogger DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...

It is a big chizuk and you know it's making a Kiddush Hashem. I was once at a Reform wedding somewhere in Dixie. I'm related to the couple distantly and I'd never met them before. The wedding was certainly not kosher. During the meal I was sitting with the only other frum people there, 2 second cousins who had recently become religious. We were so happy to find each other that we got into a great conversation about all sorts of things. When they brought out the fish to everyone else and they brought me my fruit plate, I was suprised that my frum cousins were eating the fish dish. I did not intend to make them feel bad about not yet discontinuing the eating of fish in non-kosher establishments. It was just sort of a visceral suprise reaction. However, they felt so bad about it, that they appologized to me several times throughout the wedding for eating it and told me afterwards that they both decided after that to no longer eat anything from non-kosher establishments.

They were obviously on the tipping point of starting to keep that anyway, so that little (unintended) push from someone was enough to push them over the edge and they made the leap. I told them that they were more of an inspiration to me that they claimed I was to them. It takes a big person see messages in the actions of others and incorporate them in one's life.

Yasher koach ASJ!

-Dixie Yid

At June 20, 2007 at 12:52:00 AM EDT, Blogger Neil Harris said...

We never know what effect we can have on others by just being ourselves. Thanks!


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