A Rebbi’s Proverb


If you always assume the one sitting next to you is the Messiah waiting for some simple human kindness–

You will soon come to weigh your words and watch your hands. 

And if the Messiah chooses not to be revealed in your time–

It will not matter.  

Danny Siegel (adapted from a Yiddish proverb). Kol Haneshamah: Prayers for a House of Mourning at 91.  (The Reconstructionist Press, Elkins Park, PA. 2001).