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A Text Message Sent To The Wrong Phone

Wednesday, 9 January, 2013 - 9:43 am

text-message.jpg“Can I buy you coffee?” read the text message I received last Sunday morning. Objectively, not a strange text, but considering it was from the CEO of a major company—someone who had never texted me before—my curiosity was certainly piqued. 

So I responded, “Sure. I’m out of town until Monday, so let’s do it then.” He wrote back immediately and we set up a time for Monday night, December 31st. He made it clear that we needed to talk before the end of the tax year, which just made me more curious. In the back of my mind I wondered if he’d read one of my emails about our building campaign, and due to the new tax laws in Congress, decided to donate a couple of million dollars before the end of the tax year. 

Come Monday evening, my flight landed and I went straight home to change. I texted this gentleman to confirm our appointment. “Should I meet you at Starbucks?” I wrote. But no, he wanted me to come to his house. I headed out, my mind racing. After all, what could he want to discuss that couldn’t be done on the phone or via email? 

I rang the doorbell at 8:00 p.m. as planned, and when he opened the door the gentleman looked surprised. “Rabbi Vigler!” he said, “So nice to see you. What a surprise! What can I do for you?”

“What can you do for me?” I sputtered, “I’m here for the coffee…” 

It turns out he actually meant to text someone else who he desperately needed to see, but the names got mixed up in his phone. He hadn’t realized it was me until I showed up at his door! 

Later that night he phoned me to apologize for the misunderstanding. I suggested that perhaps there was a lesson for us to consider, since we know that everything happens for a purpose. 

Here you are, I said, spending the last day of the financial year running around, desperately trying to set up a last minute meeting with a business acquaintance, and in the middle of all that G-d sends you a rabbi! Maybe He’s trying to tell you that you need a boost of spirituality in your life. More Torah. More mitzvot. 

In this week’s Torah portion we read about the plagues which wreaked havoc upon Egypt. It’s natural to think of the plagues as a punishment for Pharaoh’s treatment of the Jewish people, but that’s actually not the case. G-d sent the plagues so that, "Egypt will know that I am G-d." 

The purpose of the plagues was to change our perceptions of the world we live in. They were brought so we would recognize G-d and the significance of His teachings. For Pharaoh, that meant he eventually obeyed G-d and let the Jewish nation go free. For us, it means recognizing G-d in our lives, and taking the right steps to bring peace and healing to the world. 

It seems G-d used me as a little reminder for my friend the CEO this week, sending me to his doorstep as a messenger, a wakeup call. Let’s all take the opportunity to bring more G-dliness into our lives—we can even discuss it over coffee! 

Comments on: A Text Message Sent To The Wrong Phone

Avi wrote...

Great message Rabbi!


William Winter wrote...

Effy's has good coffee. Just sayin'. And, it has Effy which is the best part.

Hojin wrote...