Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Beat the Clock

Rabbi Raymond Beyda

Some people are always late and others seem to always arrive at their destination with time to spare. If you took a survey the results would show that most people say that punctuality is a positive, admirable trait. Deep down inside even the tardiest will admit that keeping others waiting is rude.

Like most things in life, however, it is not a matter of only black and white. There are some shades of gray. If one is a slave to time one might fall into traps that are definitely negative. Some people reach unhealthy blood pressure levels because someone he or she expected is not where he or she promised at an appointed time. Others argue with a spouse over tardiness that amounts to only a few minutes. Children develop negative images of themselves because a prompt parent has repeatedly said, "You're ALWAYS late!" People have gotten into automobile accidents when rushing to beat the clock.

Today when you are aggravated by another's tardiness -stop. Don't blow your cool. Weigh the few moments of lateness against the negative effects of "losing it." Chill out a little and after taking a deep breath -beat the clock, don't let the clock beat you into an unpleasant or even unhealthy situation. It only takes a minute to become a master of time rather than a slave to it.

DID YOU KNOW THAT

If one comes out of a rest room or bathhouse or if one cut their fingernails or toenails, he or she should wash a Netillat Yadayim. Unlike other washings, a cup is not necessary and it is not necessary to repeat the washing three times on each hand. One rinsing for each hand under a faucet is sufficient. In these situations, if one hears a Kaddish or Kedushah or even a beracha [blessing] one should answer even though one as not yet washed.

[Source Yalkut Yosef, Vol 1, p16/7, Halakha 20,21]


Text Copyright © 2003 Rabbi Raymond Beyda and Torah.org.


 






ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

Our Future Lies in Chevron
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

Lech Lecha: Avraham "Our Father"
Shlomo Katz - 5766

Case Closed
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Universal Responsibility
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Avram Lifted Up His Hand...So That You Not Say
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

Out of This World
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

ArtScroll

Don't Doubt My G-d
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5775

Avraham's Strange Reaction
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

The Ordeal of Departure
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Beginning & End of the Journey
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Lech Lecha
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Emunah: Keeping the Faith
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

> Worthy of the Brocha!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Bris Milah: Mark of Distinction
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

That's Tzedaka!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Environmental Hazard
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information