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I Can't? Get Out!

Thursday, 4 September, 2014 - 10:00 am

There is a story told of Reb Zusia of Anipoli. Once while trudging down a road, he passed a wagon with its wheels mired in the mud. "Help me push the wagon out", the wagon driver called to Reb Zusia. "I would like to help you", he told the wagon driver, "but I can't"! "You can" replied the wagon driver, "but you don't want to."

Why did Reb Zusia say he cannot be of assistance? I am going to assume that it was based on his calculations that ‘I, Zusia am weak and frail, it’s just not possible for me to push out the wagon’.

Many times, when we hit a pitfall or challenge, it is our own self that is holding us back from success. Therefore, the Torah tells us (I am going to translate it in our context): To win against your challenges, go out of the YOU that is holding you back and the Lord, your G-d, will deliver success into your hands.

Reb Zusia understood what he heard from the wagon driver and he took it to heart. Too often, we feel mired down, unable to generate positive energy, stuck where we are without the strength to go forward. The truth is that we always have the potential for growth and advancement. Every person has a soul which is an actual part of G-d.  Just like there is nothing that can hold G-d back, there is nothing that can hold us back. We just have to have the want (and give an effort) and with G-d’s blessings we will achieve success.

Have a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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