Zerizut

פרשת וירא
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Written by:
Rabbi Yehuda Chanales
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פרשת וירא

“As soon as he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them… Abraham rushed into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Quick, three seah of choice flour! Knead and make cakes!” Then Abraham ran to the herd, took a calf, tender and choice and gave it to a servant-boy, who hastened to prepare it.”

וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים נִצָּבִים עָלָיו וַיַּרְא וַיָּרׇץ לִקְרָאתָם מִפֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אָרְצָה׃ …וַיְמַהֵר אַבְרָהָם הָאֹהֱלָה אֶל־שָׂרָה וַיֹּאמֶר מַהֲרִי שְׁלֹשׁ סְאִים קֶמַח סֹלֶת לוּשִׁי וַעֲשִׂי עֻגוֹת׃וְאֶל־הַבָּקָר רָץ אַבְרָהָם וַיִּקַּח בֶּן־בָּקָר רַךְ וָטוֹב וַיִּתֵּן אֶל־הַנַּעַר וַיְמַהֵר לַעֲשׂוֹת אֹתוֹ׃

The psukim highlight Avraham doing everything quickly. Based on this, Chazal look at Avraham as the source for the rule- “זריזין מקדימין למצות”- teaching us that we should act with enthusiasm when we engage in mitzvot. 

Consider: What’s the difference between doing something quickly and doing it with enthusiasm? How would someone watching Avraham know that he’s not just trying to “get it over with”?

Personal Reflection

  1. What are some activities that you do with זריזות? What is common about the activities on your list? Why do you think they are on your “high זריזות list”? If someone observed you in these activities, what would they see?
  2. What are some activities that you do with no or with low levels of זריזות? What is common about the activities on this list? Why do you think they are on your “no/low זריזות list”? If someone observed you in these activities, what would they see?
  3. What, if anything, would you like to be more זריז in? What is holding you back? What could happen if you started doing that thing with more זריזות?

Notes to the teacher

  • This is the place to make suggestions to the teacher of different ways they may choose to facilitate this limmud
  • Or particular grade levels or sensitivities to take into account
  • Or anything else you think is important for the teacher to know

עבודת המורה

  • This is the place to raise some questions that make sure the teacher tests the limmud on themselves or others
  • Could be a general question like - which part of the limmud resonated most for you? Which question was the hardest for you to answer?
  • Or questions anticipating students’ responses- What do you think students will say for X or Y? To what extent are you open to being surprised?
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