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You can do it!

Thursday, 27 April, 2017 - 12:43 pm

How many times have people told you that you can't? You can't open that store, that business, succeed at that job or there is no chance you can make it in this economy, market etc.

How many times have we told ourselves we can't? I can't lose weight, eat healthy or let go of that addiction etc.

Today I am here to tell you that YOU CAN! 

I always found it interesting that if you write the names of the Torah portions following Passover without punctuation, it is literally translated as: born leper after death holy said - (Tazria, Metzora, Acharei Mos, Kedoshim, Emor).

While there are many interpretations as to why this is so (one being after someone passes - don't try to comfort the mourner, just speak holiness), I would like to share one that resonates strongly with me.

When one is born, alive in this world, and wants to change and better the world, you need to be prepared to be called a leper. 

After death, once you are gone and cannot make a difference, everyone will claim that you were "the holy one" and did so much good.

When can we make a difference? NOW while we are alive. What kind of difference can you make? If you are willing to ‘buck the trends’, you can do anything. Furthermore, do not worry what the others will say, as after 120 years only the good is remembered and talked about.

How do I know? Moshiach, the ultimate change maker, is called a leper!

Let us join the lepers’ convention and change the world, one idea, one mitzvah, one thing out of your comfort zone at a time. Regardless of the naysayers (internal and external), you CAN do it!

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

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