Monday, April 23, 2007

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JIBs - Deciding What's Worthy

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

I mentioned previously that I'm one of the volunteers running this year's Jewish & Israeli Blog Awards.

In which the preliminary round of voting starts tonight, and Mystical Paths was nominated for:

Best All Around - Overall
Best All Around - Large Blog
Best in Class - Jewish Religious Blog
Best in Class - Pro-Israel Advocacy Blog

Since I'm involved in running the awards, I think it would be inappropriate for me to recommend voting for anyone. But Reb. Nati would be really excited to see Mystical Paths do well. Personally, I voted for Lazer Beams for Best Overall, for Best Religious, and for Blog That Made a Difference.

So, being a blogger who's skilled at the technical side of web sites, I've been quite busy with the site work related to the awards program. I was discussing this with Reb. Nati (actually, brushing him off as he was trying to discuss some thoughts with me), who raised an interesting question... How do we balance competing priorities? Or rather, how do we recognize when a seemingly good deed, such as getting involved in a community activity, is really the efforts of the Yetzer Hara in getting us away from where we should be focused (our regular learning, our family, our children, etc.)? When is doing a community mitzvah actually an averah?

The thought gave me a lot of pause. When is throwing your heart and soul into an effort literally throwing your heart and soul away?

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