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  • Writer's pictureJodi Samuels

Happiness is Living a Life with Purpose

We have been hosting hundreds of people for Shabbat and holiday meals each month for the last 20 years. Over Rosh Hashana and the preceding Shabbat, we decided to go to Tel Aviv as there is a huge demand for people to host the many singles and a shortage of people who are able to host them for Shabbat and holiday meals. One night a guest asked if I knew all the people at the table. He was astounded when I said I only knew one person. This promoted the usual question “Why do you do this?”

Sometimes in the midst of shopping, schlepping, cooking and stressing about the last minute sign ups, I will look at Gavin my partner in crime and say “Remind me why we do this?”

I am committed to connecting Jews, bringing them closer to their heritage and stopping assimilation. While there are thousands of causes to support and many levels of involvement that one can participate at – volunteer some time at organizations or send a monthly check. Instead I chose to take on the responsibility at a higher level by having my own organization. To keep a small organization afloat requires a huge amount of mesirat nefesh – commitment, financial responsibility and hundreds of unpaid work hours. The Rosh Yeshiva of Aish HaTorah, Reb Noach Weinberg Z”L, always said that people who want to change the world start their own organizations.

This past Shabbat I was walking with Temira, my 11 year old daughter, and she too asked me why I do this. I explained to her why I was passionate about what I do. Even though you put in so much effort and often the results are small I know that in my own way I am contributing to the world to make it a better place. I explained how living a life with purpose makes one happy.

My bracha to all the moms out there is that you find your purpose and inspire your children to lead a meaningful life.

Originally published: September 20, 2015


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