Rabbi Zelig Pliskin’s writings are a combination of ancient Biblical wisdom and modern day personal development. While some of his 20 books are geared to a Jewish readership, many are applicable to anyone and everyone who simply desires to have a happier, more fulfilled and peaceful life.
His smaller books with titles such as, Kindness, Patience, Happiness, Serenity and Self-Confidence provide both methodology and real-life stories and examples designed to help the reader accomplish those specific goals.
We spent many hours in formal, valuable learning sessions. However, it was during an outside walk that I got to see the essence and character of the man, and why I so admire him.
While engaged in conversation, Rabbi Pliskin stubbed his toe. He stubbed it badly. Upon seeing his facial expression I knew he’d really hurt himself.
Almost immediately, however, he embraced the experience.
“This is good” he said, his face still contorted with pain. “It’s excellent practice for me to learn how to…” and he went on to explain what he would practice. His face seemed to transform back into a countenance of serenity.
The reason I ended his statement with an ellipses rather than sharing exactly what he was going to practice is because — being that this was a long time ago — I don’t actually remember what it was.
And, as you know, that wasn’t the most important part, anyway.
The huge lesson for me was seeing his authentic nature playing itself out in total congruency. Much of his teaching focuses upon the lessons we are constantly being taught by our Creator — often through our dealings with others. Or even, as it turns out, through a rock upon which we might badly stub our toe.
Seeing him immediately go into learning mode — despite the excruciating physical pain he was experiencing — provided me with one more hero to model when similar “ouchies”, be they physical, mental or spiritual would occur to me. I can’t tell you how often throughout the years since I’ve benefited from his example that day.
Yes, there are those who teach one thing and do another. There are also those who both practice what they preach…and preach what they practice.
Any examples of people like Rabbi Pliskin who come to mind for you?
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