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A Wall-to-Wall Wake-Up Call

Shalvi Weissman

She'd done many mitzvos in her life. But had she ever done one that purely and entirely for the sake of Heaven? One day, she got her chance.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I walked home that night with many memories, stories, and thoughts, but mostly I was left wondering if I had ever in my life done something totally and completely for the sake of Heaven. Like any good Jew, I had done my fair share of good deeds, but there was always something in it for me — positive attention from others, or some other personal benefit.

Most mitzvahs are, and should be, enjoyable. But was there anything? Anything, however small, that I didn't enjoy or benefit from, but did anyway? Something that could show that even the mitzvos I did enjoy were truly for the sake of Heaven and not just because it makes me feel good? I searched my mind and heart and didn't find anything. Maybe someday I would.

About a year later I got my chance.

 

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