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Dvar Acharei Mot

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Did you know that the airline safety announcements were taken from this week's Parsha, Acharei Mot? When the Torah says that the Kohen Gadol (high priest) worked for forgiveness of himself, his family and of the nation as a whole (16:17), one should wonder why he couldn't just work on forgiveness for everyone, which would clearly also include himself and his family.

The answer is that before we can think about fixing the world, we need to fix ourselves and our immediate surroundings. As the airlines say, "secure your mask before assisting others"! What's even more interesting in the wording is that the word "forgiveness" is only mentioned once, and yet it affects himself, his family and the entire nation. It seems that a single positive action can have the affect of improving ourselves, our families AND the nation! It's clear from this that finding ways to improve ourselves has a cumulative affect far greater than the improvements themselves, an important concept which should motivate us to find us a mask to secure!

Quotation of the Week (thanks to Eilleen):
"If G-d brings you to it, He'll bring you through it."

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