LimmudBoston efestival 2020
Seder in a Pick Up Sticks World
Rabbi Marcia Plumb
Congregation Mishkan Tefila
To every thing, there is a season, And a time for
every purpose under heaven.
When there is too little order, the result is chaos. At the other
end of the range, too much order gives rise to obsessiveness
and rigidity. The best in order lies between these extremes.
A Person is Like An
A person is like an
abacus—every bead in
its place, but if the
beads are stuck in
place, they cannot
move or be flexible.
Write in Chat:
Where are you in the continuum? Do you lean
toward too much seder or too little?
Lack of Order is like Being in Darkness
Job (10:21-22) says, “To the land of darkness
and the shadow of death, the land whose
darkness is like blackness, a shadow of death
and without order, whose very light is like
A Lack of Seder Can Leave us Lost
“Lack of order causes confusion, and one
whose mundane matters are without structure
and order will also be confused in their service
--Rabbi Zundel of Salant (Rabbi Yisrael Salanter’s mentor)
Step by Step, Little by
Rewinding to the very beginning of
time, we discover that God decided to
create the world in seven distinct days
(or six days of creation and the seventh
for rest). The Torah tells us, rather than
God creating everything at once, as God
certainly could have done, The Eternal
chose to form our universe by
establishing distinct days through
“First a person should put his home together,
then his town, then the world.”
--Rabbi Yisrael Salanter
us Be in the
All your actions and possessions should
be orderly – each and every one in a set
place and at a set time. Let your thoughts
always be free to deal with that which lies
ahead of you. This is the trait of
Seder/order: allocating a set time for each
and every thought and analysis, freeing
time and space for each and every affair in
the world of action, and demarcating the
bounds of each with set boundaries so
that one not intrude upon the other.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Leflin - Cheshbon HaNefesh – ch 3
Middot that Support Seder
Questions in Small Group
1. What is one seder oriented objective you
2. What is the first small step to achieving it?
3. What middah do you need to accompany
seder to help you ? What help do you need to
take your first step?
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