Parashat Ki Tetze (When you go out)
This section of the Torah has several rules. Towards the end of the Parasha, we find the following statement:
You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have.
I remember as a kid going with my parents to the convenience store to buy groceries. I always admired and watched the person who sliced at the deli. He always knew exactly how many slices it took for each half pound of every different meat. He was a master.
I asked my dad: How does he know with that precision? How is he so exact? I remember my dad's answer: That is his job...
Our job this time of the year is to put things on a scale, be honest with ourselves, and do a Cheshvon hanefesh, a real balance of our actions, a balance of our spirits. Mistakes can be big or small. Our job is to be fair.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak