Friday, March 22, 2013

Keep the Fire Burning

You want to keep the midnight oil running, but you can't always do it yourself. You need your team to work with you and be there so you are not a one man show.

Except when you want to be a one man show.

Even the one man, needs time to relax, sleep, get over being sick, watch something on TV or even eat once in a while. Unless you have planned for all of this, you will not get very far in business. If you have a 24 hour business, you need someone, somewhere, getting work done all day and all night.

And so it is in this week's parsha. A Cohen's work is never done and there are always sacrifices and offerings going on, back then. These days there are more and more ways to do business 24x7x365. We see this from 6:6 where it says:

6. A continuous fire shall burn upon the altar; it shall not go out.   ו. אֵשׁ תָּמִיד תּוּקַד עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ לֹא תִכְבֶּה:

This fire was always on because there were always transactions getting completed. As long as the fire was still alight, business could run it's course. If the fire were to stop, then there would be nothing left. The parallel to the business world is everywhere and it all started back then.

If you have enough sales leads, you will keep your business afloat. If you have enough clients in need of help, the fire keeps burning. Once you get big enough, then your fire takes on a different form, one that is much harder to squelch but also harder to maintain unless you have planned accordingly.
Parsha Tzav in the book of Vayikra 6:1 - 8:36
It is said that the Torah or Bible could be interpreted in over 70 ways. More likely these days 100's of ways. In light of this idea, I am writing some posts that bring a business sense to what we can learn on a weekly basis. Enjoy, Shabbat Shalom

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