I had the usual anxieties when I was younger Making good grades Keeping my parents happy So there were elements of my personality that were drawn to being a rabbi I thought it would give me a platform to guide people and make them happy Pleasing people in exchange for adoration was a very convenient arrangement for me But I forgot that if you’re in a position to please people you’re also in a position to disappoint In many ways the rabbi is a symbol People see you as a symbol of how God thinks Or feels towards them Or acts toward them And that’s a lot of pressure There’s pressure to be fully present for everyone—even at the supermarket or Sunday soccer games You always want to give comfort Or a thoughtful response Or at the very least your undivided attention And that can be exhausting Especially in the age of the iPhone I had a wild dream one night that all eight hundred families at my synagogue were lined up outside my office And everyone needed me at the exact same time Meme

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