Kindness Hacks from Parshat Tetzaveh
The Torah lists in detail the beautiful garments that the priests had to wear when working in the Tabernacle. As the priests had a unique and important position amongst the Jewish nation, it was imperative that they dressed in a way that impressed upon them the importance of their position and mission.
A persons clothing can have an affect on the way the person feels. A pyjama day can leave one feeling relaxed, perhaps even lethargic, whereas someone in black tie attire will carry themselves very differently.
This concept of exterior affecting our interior is not limited to clothes.
The Sefer Hachinuch explains that a person’s attitude is influenced by his actions.
A story is told of a man who asked the Chofetz Chaim for some advice regarding working in a bank. The Chofetz Chaim advised that if he was to work there he should work in the department that gives out the money, rather than the department that takes it in. Someone who repeatedly takes will be effected by the act of taking, but on the contrary a person spending all day giving can become more of a giver.
This is the extent that our actions can effect who we are on the inside!
Understanding this leads us to a life changing revelation.
To change who we are on the inside, we should change what we do on the outside!
The way to become a giver is to desire to change, and then to act.
Give, give and give some more!
Lilui nishmas Tzvi ben Shimon Halevi
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility