Who gets the credit?

Wednesday, 28 July, 2021 - 3:07 pm

When we talk about new inventions today such as in the field of technology, we can ask, are they truly new inventions or are they updated from information that already exists? In other words, are we just building on the wisdom of previous generations?   

Any honest person will admit that many of today’s inventions are revisions of what we already know. We are taking something old, making it better, faster, more usable, and perhaps more importantly, applying it to greater uses. 

Which brings us to the question: Who really gets the credit? The original inventor who didn’t do much with their invention, yet it is they who started the process, or the one who finished and applied the idea to reality and now we have something usable? 

In this week’s Torah portion, we learn that Moses taught the Jewish people about the importance of getting a mitzvah “done.” He told them that if they start a job, “finish it!” Moses himself felt bad when he was not able to finish a job that he started, such as bringing Joseph’s coffin into Israel, or even entering Israel himself. 

What did Moses do? Should you not start something if you know you cannot finish? No. you start anyway, but the next generation has to know that they have to do everything in their power to complete the job, even if they are just midgets on the shoulders of a giant. 

Moses did everything in his power to prepare the Jews to enter the land of Israel, so that they could go in.  

It is the same with us today. There are jobs that are in our power to complete, and there are jobs that we can only start. The main thing is that we should not procrastinate—we should get the job done. 

Shabbat Shalom,

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