This Shabbat:

Friday Candle Lighting: 5:02 PM
 Shabbat Ends: 6:00 PM

Torah Message:

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

“Everything that Hashem has said — we will do and we will obey.” (19:8)

The “Sunday Dollars” are a well-known piece of Jewish folklore. The Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l used to give out thousands of dollar bills to those who came to meet him on Sundays. Once, a young boy and his father came to get a dollar bill from the Rebbe. The Rebbe placed a crisp dollar bill into the hands of the father and then the son. As they were walking away, the Rebbe called them back and asked the young boy if he liked sports. “Sure!” said the young boy. The Rebbe asked him which sport he liked. “Baseball,” was the reply. The Rebbe asked him what team he followed and the boy said, “The Dodgers.” The Rebbe asked him when the last time he saw his team was. “Oh, it was about a month ago, but we didn’t stay to the end. It was the bottom of ninth, with two outs, and the pitcher was up to bat. We were seven runs behind. The pitcher is a weak hitter and it was clear what would happen, so we left and went home. “And what did the players do?” inquired the Rebbe. “Well, I guess they played on till the end of the game.” “They didn’t leave?” asked the Rebbe. “No, well, they couldn’t leave, they are the players. I’m just a supporter.” The Rebbe said, “A Jew always has to be a player, not a supporter.”

You can go through life in two ways: You can be a supporter, and when things aren’t much fun you can quit, or you can go through life as a player and never give up until it’s over, because “Everything Hashem has said, we will do and we will obey.”