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Moving Quickly versus Slowly

22.11.18

Question

Hi Rabbi Tatz! I am really loving your book Living Inspired. I just read the chapter on the importance of leaving Egypt quickly and with alacrity and it was so interesting as you never hear speed up. You hear advice to slow down, to savor moments and make your life seem longer, Fuller, richer. Perhaps this slowing down can sometimes increase kavana. How do we reconcile these 2 temporal choices we need to make every moment of every day? Thx!

Answer

To the Questioner, 

Unfortunately we  could not forward your question to Rabbi Tatz at this time, nor is the book "Living Inspired" available to us at the present moment to check your question. 

Nonetheless, we will try to offer an answer to your question that may be satisfactory, and is true in its own right. 

It is a well known tenet, that a major goal of Jewish life is "Balance". 

Source: See the Rambam, Hilchot Deyot 2:1.

Therefore, it follows that the balance to maintain in life is to always be moving forward at a pace which is doable and allows for clarity of mind; not to move too fast and irrationally, yet also not to move too slow and miss out on any opportunities for spiritual growth which pass by us. 

It comes out that each person must constantly pace himself according to the situation he's in: If slowing down will deter him and make him miss a tremendous spiritual opportunity for growth, then he needs to move quicker, even with great alacrity - as is evidenced from the Exodus from Egypt;

however, if the fast consistent pace of life is what's causing him to miss the spiritual growing opportunities he has in life  - because he's too externally focused and not in touch with his own real feelings - then his worship of Hashem requires that in such a situation he slow down and try to sense the fullness, richness and the depth which is in our lives. 

With Blessings,
Rav Nachum

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