Shabbat comes in 9.06 pm: goes out 10.27 pm
My kids are getting better at doing what they are told: “clean your room now; clear the table; take in the laundry.” But they are not good at having a job and getting it done, day after day without reminders.
Perhaps I can learn from the parasha: The Levites were singled out to transport the Tabernacle. The Levites comprised three clans: the Gershonites, the Merarites, the Kohatites.
The Kohatites were responsible for transporting the most sacred objects in the Tabernacle. The responsibilities of the Gershonites and Merarites are detailed at the beginning of parashat Naso. The Gershonites were assigned the duty of transporting the Tabernacle curtains, and the Merarites were assigned the duty of transporting the Tabernacle structure.
I always try to get a different kid to clear the table — to make it seem fair. But I wonder if the rotating nature of my requests make it LESS likely for the kids to do the job on their own. Perhaps clarity and consistency of the Levite tasks made it easier for them to be executed.
Rabbi Paul Arberman