Life In The Fast Lane

How much time does it take to do nothing? More than you could imagine!

In this weeks parsha, it seems that the Torah teaches us a timeless lesson in time management. One day at a time.

What is the true value of time?

If power is work divided by time, & work equals force times distance, then in essence, intensity equals the load you move multiplied by how far you moved it, divided by the time it took to do so.

The Torah testifies that the Avos lived life as intensely as humanly possible. They searched, traveled, suffered, grew, and worked hard. They didn’t take any situation at face value. Nothing was happenstance. Every situation was an opportunity to find & get closer to Hakadosh Baruch Hu. Every moment of life was to be cherished, celebrated.

How much time does it really take to daven? Learn some Torah? Do someone a favor? Give a child some attention? Spend some quality time with a spouse or close friend? Reach out to a friend in need? When was the last time we actually appreciated the challenges of life, as opposed to just struggling to survive?

How often do we find ourselves in a never ending cycle of (self?) destruction as opposed to a cycle of life! Maybe its time to internalize life’s lessons on a deeper level than just passing through.

A friend mentioned to me recently that he once heard from R’ Yakov Meir Sechter, that emunah is what happened yesterday, bitachon is in what will happen tomorrow and that today you need to do the Hishtadlus.

Erev ShaBBoS is a great time to take stock of the past, as we move into ShaBBoS Koidesh, which is refered to as the “purpose of creation”.

ShaBBoS itself is a time to celebrate the week that passed, while taking the time to contemplate the future, based on the lessons we’ve already learned.

Maybe instead of avoiding fate, and killing time, we should in fact celebrate the difficulties of the past, as we look forward to the struggles of the future.

Just thinking out loud…



V Bist D?:

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11 comments on “Life In The Fast Lane
  1. Mark says:


    Shabbat Shalom Umevorach to you and your family and to all of Klal Yisrael.

  2. lazer says:

    Avos had no time for time. They were above time

  3. owch says:

    lazer, the avos only got being above time because of their previous actions. however, good point.
    R’ Ch@im, I look forward every week for you peice. it gives me what to think about while preparing the candles or other things for shabbos while discussing it with someone else and add on other ideas to it.
    G’Shabbos to you, yours, and all of Klal Yisroel

  4. Brother Raf says:

    I couldn’t have said it better. Beautiful!

  5. Meilech says:

    Whoa, this is way to deep to read offhand, I’m going to have to read this a few times and maybe then I’ll understand it!

  6. Brotha Raf says:

    Beautifully well said bro!

  7. מוטה says:

    יישר כוח
    א ליכטיגער שבת

  8. hrav says:


  9. Joel Labin says:

    ובחרת בחיים!
    מדהים כמו תמיד
    תפוחי זהב במשכיות כסף
    Great words from a graete soul and warm heart

  10. Michael says:

    Intense stuff.

    There are a few things I didn’t understand.
    1. What does it mean it takes time to do nothing?
    2. Which part of the parsha are you referring to that teaches to value time?
    3. “If power is work divided by time, & work equals force times distance, then in essence, intensity equals the load you move multiplied by how far you moved it, divided by the time it took to do so.” What does it mean?

    I’d appreciate if you can clarify these points.
    Gut Shabos

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