Friday, April 3, 2009

Parshas Tzav

For the men out there who do Daf Yomi: Noticed anything interesting on Friday? This weeks Parsha is צו, and guess what the daf-page number, for Friday was? That’s right צו.


I always love saying “Please”, “Thank You” and “Your welcome”. It’s so much fun to be polite, it gives you a good feeling inside. I remember once watching a full house episode where Stephanie was a young girl, probably 6 or 7 years old. One of the adults had said thank you to another person for something, and Stephanie chimes in and says “Your Welcome”. They all turn to her wondering why she’s saying “Your welcome”, and she tells them “when someone says “Thank You” your supposed to say “Your welcome”. So even though the person didn’t say “Thank You” to her, she still answered back, I found it to be adorable!

I tried to find the video on youtube, I couldn’t find it, but I found another cute one with Michelle and “Politeness Week”

Something to say:

If he shall offer it for a thanksgiving offering (7:12)

The accepted definition of the word Toda, thanksgiving, is gratitude and appreciation. When someone asays thank you, he is saying, “I appreciate what you did for me.” Rabbi Yitzchak Kotzker notes that the word Toda also expresses the concept of admission and confession. When one confesses to another, he is in effect conveying a message of agreement with the other party’s view.

The idea that connects the two approaches to the meaning of the word lies in the depths of human nature. man’s instinct is to be independent, aspiring, and eager to show that he is capable of taking care of himself. When he expresses his appreciation to another person, however, he is acknowledging-confessing, so to speak- that he needs others.

So by saying “Thank you” besides for showing your appreciating and thanking the person, you are also showing that you need the other person and can’t do everything on your own.


Lion of Zion said...

nu, so does this mean that you secretly do daf yomi?

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

lol, no I don't do Daf Yomi, although I learned some Gemara in my class in college, but that was cause I was forced to, but I did enjoy it.

My father mentioned this about the page number and Parsha, so that's how I know.

shorty said...

One of the helpful marital tips I have read (and follow) is to thank your partner - for taking out the garbage, for doing the dishes or picking up the quart of milk? Why? To show appreciation and gratitude. To show you don't EXPECT it, you APPRECIATE it. The partner doing the helpful act feels appreciated and not minimized

Leora said...

Sometimes I sing the Barney song in my head ("Please and thank you, that's the magic words") when I think about certain volunteer situations that have gone sour.

Wonderful way to have a positive, insightful post about the parsha. I've been kind of turned off by the karbanot. Thank you for finding a relevant, uplifting twist.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

that's very good advice there, and that also helps the other person continue to do more for you. It's very true, people want to be appreciated and not taken for granted.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

That's cute to think of that song, but so long as it helps, and yea it doesn't feel to good when people don't see all that you've done for them and appreciate it.

Thanx! yea, I didn't really want to talk about karbanos either. your welcome!

Ink Stained Hands said...

That's very interesting..

It's also the idea of "borei nefashos rabos v'chesronan" -- that G-d creates us lacking in certain ways so we can reach out and ask others for help. It's what makes relationships stronger because when you reach out for help and admit you can't do everything on your own, you're strengthening your connection with the other person. That's how the world was meant to be, that you depend on other people for a lot of things. Obviously there has to be a healthy balance, but the idea is that when you really need help, you shouldn't feel embarrassed or reluctant to ask for it.

That's the thing with kids.. whether they're your own or you're babysitting them, they rely on you, which is a good feeling.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

very true, I haven't thought about the borei nefashos part, although I do remember once hearing that explanation.

yea, people helping eachother is what makes the world go round.

yea, I love the feeling!

Post a Comment

Click the "Subscribe" link to get e-mail follow up on comments.