One of the Jewish virtues is zerizut which is often sold as eagerly, immediately or quickly doing our duties.
There is good news for all laid-back, slow, lazy and lax people. Zerizut doesn’t mean that.
Zerizut is fulfilling our obligations at the best possible time or as soon as a commandment takes effect.
Surely, that means not saying “I know I should it but I’ll do it later” – doing things at the latest time possible. That’s obviously less virtuous than making hay while the sun shines.
But although zerizut then may look like speeding things up, it’s actually not that. It’s rather not letting aversions and not letting stress to comply rule but to see the best time to do things and go for it.
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This Shabbat is also the First of Nissan. That’s the beginning of the month that we make a yearly grateful blessing on blooming fruit trees.
In Jerusalem, presently, the always earliest almond trees are done blooming and olive trees and grape vines have not begun yet, but countless pear, apple, citrus and cherry trees are blossoming abundantly. In case of need: roses are blooming fruit trees too!
The best day to make this blessing seems the first day because one of these days could end up being none of these days. Any delay may lead to the next delay which may lead to another delay and in the end we could miss saying this praise all together. Though, in case of postponement, we could (should) appoint someone to warn us, go make the blessing soon.
However, some rabbis hold that this blessing should not be said on Shabbat. Zerizut then means: the first day after Shabbat. That’s still zerizut as that’s then the best time.
May we all less and less give any good idea the cold shoulder and always show that we gladly will seize every opportunity to handle all challenges reality places before us without delay or postponement so that G-d will answer our request without delay too. And so that we will become relaxed people who are in complete command of our actions.
May we all have a great Nissan, month of Liberation.