Bored at a Meeting? Make a Kiddush Hashem

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How to distract yourself during boring meetings depends on ever-shifting expectations of corporate etiquette. The ubiquity of handheld devices has made it easier – and in many places, more acceptable – to show less than undivided attention to the speaker. Old-timers will call this rude; younger people will call it multitasking. Whatever you call it, the Torah always prescribes a better way to do it – even if you happen to be sitting at an Israeli cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke earlier today at a Yom Yerushalayim gathering at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva. Arutz-Sheva reported a delightful snippet of his remarks:

Netanyahu started by recalling how the government ministers sit during their meetings and browse through letters and other reports. He noted, however, that one minister browses through the Tanach and sometimes the Talmud. That minister, said Netanyahu, is Justice Minister Ya’akov Ne’eman, who was sitting on the dais to the right of him.

“For Ne’eman, public service is holy work,” said Netanyahu, “and as such, from time to time he shares with me something new that he’s found.”

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3 Responses

  1. Michoel says:

    Halevai I could bring a pocket shas to a meeting and make a kiddus Hashem by doing that. Actually this sheds a bit more light on the maalos of living in Eretz Yisrael.

    Agav, not to be a grump…, it would seem that ministers are not being paid to go through paperwork OR to look at a sefer. A kiddush Hashem is doing what is correct, not what makes people think well of frum Jews. If m’meilah they think well of frum Jews, that is magdil the kiddush Hashem. I’m sure we all agree. Just nitpicking. Good Yom Tov

  2. mycroft says:

    Remember the same Neeman who was the head of the Neeman Commission-agree or disagree with his viewpoint but the personal attacks on him were outrageous.

  3. cvmay says:

    It is an annual event at Yeshivat Mercaz Harav to invite the Prime Minister (Melech-King) of the State of Israel to address the kehilla on Yom Yerushalayim. I fondly recall when PM Yitzchak Shamir spoke at the Yeshiva and the respect that was given to him and by him.