There comes a time in the life of email users when the inbox
is too full. I reach that point regularly. Often, a half hour of surface
tidying relieves enough of the bloated file to continue working. Sometimes,
such as this week, that isn’t enough.
This time, I made the painful, and perhaps callous, decision
to delete not only the easy-to-get-rid-of outdated notices and previously
overlooked junk mail from my business account, but also to banish the personal
notes to which I had hoped to respond. Some of them are particularly gracious
comments about our Ancient Jewish Wisdom TV show, our books and CDs or my
Musings. I do appreciate hearing from people and love to write a quick remark
back. Other letters ask for advice or pose a question. A few of them are
clearly from people in pain. When I am on top of my game, I jot a quick reply
or ask my assistant to do so—if only to suggest resending the question to the
‘Ask the Rabbi’ column or to let the person know she is in our prayers.
However, too often, the emails pile up and by the time I get
to them, a year or more has passed. They may have simply come at the wrong
time, during a frantic week of travel or when a new grandchild appeared
demanding attention. Sometimes, they are simply overlooked, sandwiched between
articles I should read or reminders of tasks that need doing.
We are in the weeks leading to Passover and I am thrilled
that many of our children and grandchildren will be coming home to celebrate
with us. However, it also means hours of work. I don’t mean to offend, but the
Thanksgiving issue of women’s and cooking magazines that feature people
agonizing over one large meal serve as a source of comic relief to Jewish women
who regularly make Sabbath and holiday meals.
Pounds of Potatoes for a picture of our Passover three years ago.)
So, I am hitting the delete button on emails past and giving
notice that for the next few weeks my family obligations are taking center
stage. I am practicing what I preach.
While I love working on producing our books and audio CDs, taping our Ancient
Jewish Wisdom TV show and staying in touch with you, God and family come first.
It is my joy and privilege as Passover nears, to emphasize that.