Monday, 16 January 2012

It's not the job that counts, but WHO gave it.

by GYE, Zemiros Shabbos (See all authors)

The Rebbe Avrohom of Slonim zy"a, the Yesod Ha'avoda, in Toras Avos writes that the primary shortcoming of Korach was that he sought great levels in avodas Hashem, which is why he desired the kehuna gedola. A person should feel that the even the seemingly minor avoda is something for which he is not truly deserving or worthy.

Moshe said to Korach "Rav lachem", you are constantly seeking the highest levels, rav. "Hame'at mikem" is your current avoda paltry in your eyes?

"VeAharon ma hu", Aharon feels unworthy and undeserving of the avoda he does.

 

Elaboration on the above piece:

The above is a big Yesod in Avodas Hashem, and especially for those who deal with this struggle. It's not WHAT our job is that counts, it's our recognition of WHO GAVE US the job. If we recognize that the king himself gave us this task, then even the most menial job should make us rejoice.

I once saw a National Geographic documentary about Airforce 1 - the president's personal jumbo jet. And the man in charge of cleaning the president's bathroom told over with pride, "very few people realize that this is the hand that cleans the president's restroom, right here...".

We who struggle in these areas should rejoice that we have been chosen to CLEAN THE KING'S PERSONAL BATHROOM!

See this nice post from "Mechzek" for more elaboration on this idea, with regards to Aharon Hakohen cleaning the Menorah each day.