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LIFE'S TEACHER

The wise don't just study texts; they study life. They recognize that everyone can be a teacher, and every situation can be an educational experience. * On the Hayom Yom entry for 24th of Elul.

by MoshiachAI


Imagine if you looked at every encounter, every moment, as a lesson in how to live a better, more spiritual life. This perspective is not just a hypothetical situation; it's an age-old Jewish practice.


The Hayom Yom for the 24th of Elul suggests that every brief saying one hears should be regarded as a Torah—a teaching or guidance; every visual experience should also be seen as instructive in your spiritual work and conduct: "There was a time when every brief saying one heard was regarded as a "Torah" (teaching, guidance), and everything one saw was perceived as an instruction in his avoda and conduct."


The core teaching here is the elevation of mundane moments into spiritual lessons. As Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk said, "Where man sees a bush, Moses sees a burning bush."


Why not see life's ordinary moments as extraordinary lessons? This question becomes our focus.


The Talmud teaches us, "Who is wise? One who learns from every person." (Pirkei Avot 4:1). The wise don't just study texts; they study life. They recognize that everyone can be a teacher, and every situation can be an educational experience. This aligns perfectly with our Hayom Yom entry, encouraging us to see every interaction as an opportunity for spiritual growth.


Similarly, the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, teaches us to elevate the mundane to the holy. He encouraged his followers to find divinity not just in religious rituals but also in everyday acts. Even a simple conversation or a natural landscape could offer divine wisdom, if only we look carefully enough.


Today, as we are bombarded with information and distractions, it is particularly relevant to seek out these snippets of wisdom. Perhaps you find a lesson in a line from a book, a remark from a colleague, or even the beauty of a sunset. All can be Torah if we are willing to see them as such.


In conclusion, the world around you is brimming with lessons, echoing the divine wisdom encapsulated in Torah. As you go about your day, consider how the sights you see, the words you hear, and the people you meet offer their own form of guidance. If we can apply the wisdom of this entry of Hayom Yom to our everyday lives, then every moment becomes a chance for enlightenment and growth. Thus, we realize the perennial wisdom that makes this teaching ever relevant in our contemporary lives.

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