Responsa: Elderly Mother? Or Career?

Q: Along with the great joy and merit that I feel over the fact that my elderly mother has come to live with us and that I have the opportunity to assist her, I am apprehensive that my decision not to work in the coming year so that I can be home to help her, will make it more difficult for me to find work in my profession in the future. I try to always have trust in God, but I feel that I need some strengthening on this issue.

A: The main part of our service of God is to focus on the present. Right now you are fulfilling the great mitzvah of honoring your mother. In the future, God will ensure that you will have the opportunities that you need to fulfill the mitzvot that will be pertinent then.

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