Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday Morning Kavvanah, 2/10/2011 - The Inner Dialogue

At about 5:30 AM, my 20-month-old son was wide awake, although we were trying not to be.

Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, he sang a fragment of a song that he knows from the weekly Tot Shabbat service led here at Temple Israel by Morah Ronnie Katz. It was as if we were suddenly let in on whatever was going on in his mind at the moment.

It was to me a reminder that we all have inner dialogues, and that when we approach others for any reason - to request a favor, to ask a question, or merely to chat - we are surely interrupting their inner dialogues. And that applies to people as well as to God.

It is a good principle to remember: during holy moments, or when interacting with others, consider where, emotionally, the other party is before initiating a conversation. And give everybody kaf zekhut, the benefit of the doubt.

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