clear expectations 5779


  • Life is a Test
  • August 20, 2019

I’ve heard that in regard to parenting, the communication of clear expectations to children is important; perhaps, as a simplistic formula, in the form of “do’s and don’ts.” In this way, the child may clearly learn what to expect as well in terms of consequences for one’s actions. Another example pertains to tests given by an instructor in an academic setting. If a teacher makes clear 2-3 weeks prior to the test what the students are expected to know, a sense of fairness is conveyed, inasmuch that knowing what will be on the test and what will not be on the test, enables the student to focus on the course material most relevant to the questions.

Also, consider that expectations may create a framework to guide one’s life, especially in consideration of those expectations one sets for oneself: this requires self-discipline, as well as a regimen to a routine in some cases. Yet, as I have mentioned previously, for myself, G-d’s expectations of me are existentialy more important than my own; eventually, fulfilling His expectations in a righteous manner, despite my own expectations that may differ from His, is what will count the most on Yom HaDin (the Day of Judgement). I am thankful that H’Shem has clearly made His expectations known through Torah, in particular, by way of the commandments.

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