The Messiah Wouldn’t Care

Lately I have been really into staying clean and organized. 

I think that, naturally, I’m a very clean and organized person, but somewhere down the line, things have changed, or perhaps shifted into a different direction.

It might have been the rebellious girl in me that wanted to show those who wanted me to be clean and organized, when I was a teenager, that I was going to be messy if they didn’t stop bothering me. 

But, the instinct in me knows that, in order for me to live a more liberated life, I have to keep things in order. 

(Anyway, I think I’m wandering off the real subject.)    

The point is, I really wanted to talk about how I was throwing this clutter away, but while I was doing that, I came across a picture of a well-respected Rabbi. 

(It wasn’t really a picture, more like a flyer.)

Regardless, this well-respected Rabbi is also known to be highly advanced in his spirituality. 

I found myself contemplating whether or not I should throw his picture away.

I mean, this wasn’t just any Rabbi, this is a strong figure in the Orthodox Jewish community.

“What if he’s watching me from up there throwing his picture away?” I thought.

But, then I responded to myself, “Anat, this is how clutter becomes clutter, because we give everything value, and we don’t let it go.” 

While it made me uncomfortable, I decided to throw the picture away anyway, along with other flyers that just caused my room to look like a mess. 

Fast forward to after cleaning everything up…I got into bed, and tried to go to sleep, but found I couldn’t because thoughts kept coming into my mind saying, “What if this Rabbi is the Messiah?”

“What if I get punished for throwing the picture away?”

Eventually, after I had it with myself because I couldn’t snap out of it, I said, “Well, if he is the Messiah, he wouldn’t care.”

“He wouldn’t care that I threw his picture away.”

“He would care more about real problems, not about this freakin’ picture.”

Then I started thinking to myself, “What would the Messiah really care about?”

I think the Messiah would care more about how we treat our fellow Jews.

He would care about being a helping hand.

He would care about the environment, and about the poor cats who are freezing outside. 

I just really had to let this out because it was sort of bothering me. 

I’m going back to throwing more clutter away. 

See you later.

About the Author
Anat Ghelber was born in Israel and moved to Texas when she was 13. She experienced anti-Semitism in public schools there. She moved to New York City when she was 20, and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. She started submitting articles to the Jewish Voice two years ago. In her free time enjoys writing poems. She's also a certified Yoga teacher with 200 hours of training who teaches in a donation-based studio called Yoga to the People in New York City.
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