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Parshat Vayechi

By: Asher Miller (9th Grade)

In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Vayechi, Yakov asked his son, Yosef, to promise him that he would be buried in Israel and not in Egypt. Joseph immediately said: “I will personally do as you have said.”

Yosef told Yakov that he will do as he said, taking full responsibility upon himself, and guaranteeing that the request will be completed. When one takes personal responsibility for a task instead of asking somebody else to do it, it links the task’s completion to one’s own self-esteem.

So next time you are asked to take on a particular task, don’t send it off to someone else. Be like Yosef and say, “I will personally take this task upon myself to finish it and do a very good job.” It will make you feel happy and satisfied with a job well done.

Shabbat Shalom!

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