The Only Shabbat
My friend was looking for a Shidduch for his daughter. He heard of a wonderful young man who was studying in a Yeshiva in Connecticut, and spoke to the young man’s teachers. He wasn’t satisfied with the reports, which were all effusive in praise, so he decided to drive four hours to the Yeshiva to speak with the Rosh HaYeshiva.
The Rosh HaYeshiva was impressed that someone made drove four hours just to speak to him in person rather than over the phone.
“Rabbi, this is my only child. She is my life. I had to drive to speak with you because I couldn’t do less my my only child.”
The Rosh HaYeshiva thought for a moment, and then said, “Although the young man is wonderful, I must admit, now that I see how important this is to you, that you can find someone better for your daughter!”
“Rabbi, my wife and eleven children thank you for your honesty!”
“Hold on a second! Eleven children! I thought you said that she was an only child.”
“When I am making a life decision that will affect her, I think of her as an only child!”
The Rosh Hayeshiva smiled and sighed, “I wish all parents, including me, approached such situations in the same way.”
My friend was being honest. Whenever he is involved with something beyond the daily issues of his children, he deals with a child as if he or she was his only child.
The Holy Kobriner described Shabbat with the Vizhnitzer: “He treats each Shabbat as if it was the only Shabbat ever!”
May we all be privileged to see each Shabbat as the only Shabbat in history. Because each Shabbat is the only one of its kind.
Rav Chaim Vital says that the Ari Hakodesh approached each prayer, each blessing, and each Mitzvah in his life as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. May the same be said of us!
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