Carrots, not sticks!

Thursday, 14 July, 2022 - 6:50 pm

Wednesday morning, before sunrise, I brought Zeesy and her beloved counselor Shana to the Bozeman Airport to send them off to Camp Simcha, a camp for children with special needs, where Zeesy will spend two weeks being wined and dined with boundless joy and fun. I approached the Delta agents, who know me well, and told them that Zeesy was off to a special needs camp, and it would be super nice, if they have the seats, to upgrade her and Shana to business. 30 minutes later Shana sent me a picture of them both sitting up front with smiles from ear to ear.

In this week’s Torah portion, Balak, we read about haters coming together to spew negativity against the Jews. Yes, Balaam didn’t succeed, because as a prophet he had no choice but to follow G-d’s will, but he certainly tried to use his G-d given powers to bring down a nation that he disliked. I think it’s so unfortunate to live in this beautiful world and spend time, precious time, messing with G-d’s other children and belittling them in any way. Each human being is considered G-d’s only child, perhaps His special needs child, and it’s a gift to be like those Delta agents and see that specialness and do something about it.

On Tuesday my buddy in New York was having an issue with the building department in his village. Before he brought in the big guns, the threats and attorney letters, I told him to try the carrot before the stick. He called me later that evening and was delighted to share that he met with the head of the building department, and it went super well. He couldn’t believe it; he always thought you must be the tough cookie, but it turns out that a bit of Mentchlechkait, humanity, goes a long way. The Torah reminds us that almost everyone appreciates blessings and good words and almost no one likes a Balaam or Balak who spend their life mistreating G-d’s children.

Don’t be Balaam; be a Delta agent! 

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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