Keeping Hashem in Mind by Michael Winner/10/21/2021 Without going into the gory details, I just made a small change in occupations.Six kids in my son's eighth-grade class (my son included) were kicked out of the afternoon class for not having enough control over the mouths. Nothing really bad, and frankly, I have yet to receive many examples, but … I'm not really mad at him, since this happens every single year with the exact same teacher, teaching the exact same style, teaching at the exact same time. So, instead of recognizing the underlying problem and fixing it, the school closes their eyes and the kids suffer.I'm not a fan of seeing these kids (who ARE good kids and are NOT doing bad things) doing nothing all afternoon. So, I opened up a one-hour afternoon "kollel" called Kollel Reuven (my Hebrew name) HaTzaddik. Out of the six, four agreed to join. I put my learning program aside and I'm now learning Hilchos Shabbos full time. I have a program set up that I believe will work with AD(H)D kids, so I'm trying it on them. The only problem is: I'm not a teacher. I have no clue what I'm doing (though I did learn the material many years before). And … I hate kids 😊Thankfully, it's going very well. They know me already, and in our society there is an automatic "honor" given to people older than you (until you deserve to lose it), so I have control. Since they're Israeli, they can understand the material faster, since they don't have translation issues (as I do), and they DO want to learn. They simply need something more tuned to their personalities and a "rebbe" who's more tuned to their needs. Until the school gives them this rebbe, I'm filling it. Oh, and they call me "HaRav" and speak to me in third-person, so that's all worth it!It's a bit stressful, since I have to be ahead of them and know more things better than they do, but we're enjoying ourselves so far, and I hope it continues."He said, "My Lord, please, if I have found favor in your eyes, please do not pass by your servant" (Bereishis 18:3).One of the famous explanations of this pasuk is that Avraham was in the middle of talking to Hashem when he saw three strangers approach. Instead of "walking out" of the conversation, he asks Hashem to wait while he attends to these strangers' needs. From this we learn the importance of treating those in need, it even supersedes a conversation with Hashem Himself!The Tur, however, asks a question on this explanation. We see in the previous pasuk that Avraham not only saw these strangers, but already ran to greet them. If so, why is he asking NOW to wait? He should have first asked Hashem to wait and THEN run to greet these strangers!He answers that when Avraham first saw these men and turned his attention to them (by beginning to run to them), he immediately felt the Divine Presence leaving him. He then immediately "turned back" to speak to Hashem and ask him not to leave, so he could see to the needs of his guests.From here we learn the importance of constantly being in connection with Hashem throughout the day. Obviously, this is a difficult thing, but it is part of what a Jew is: living with Hashem in every moment. For when one turns his attention to other things, Hashem does the same.While it is difficult to be "in touch" throughout the entire day, there are little things that one can do to help increase it. I've mentioned it before in the name of Rav Pincus. Speak to Hashem throughout the day. Before going to work, ask Him for a safe trip or a successful day. Before going shopping, ask that it should go quickly and painlessly. If you're going to IKEA with your wife, ask that a giant asteroid should hit the planet killing all life as we know it within seconds … you know … everyday things like this. The more we involve Hashem in our lives, the more He directly participates in it.