Shavua tov to all....
Over the last couple of weeks, two pieces of advice that I have given out have come back to me with thanks. I share those pieces of advice with you.
The first is from a colleague. Please bear in mind that traditional Jewish law does not permit driving on Shabbat. As such, many rabbis live within walking distance of their congregations. Even for my colleagues who do not live within walking distance, most want to be in their communities. They are therefore not far from their congregations.
With that proximity in mind, I have always gone home for lunch. It puts a break in my day. It gets me outside, as I never drive to the office.
I gave that piece of advice to a colleague, a new rabbi in her first pulpit. She goes home. She sees her family. She eats. Word has traveled back to me that this has been helpful for her.
The second piece of advice is to the married folks out there. It has been to splurge for the king-size bed. Extra real estate is useful during...uhhh...marital closeness. As well, young children are known for midnight invasions. Hopefully, those invasions do not take place during marital closeness.
One of my former students, now on her second child, thanked me for that advice today.
Room size notwithstanding, I pass on that recommendation to all of you.
Have a great evening everyone.