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You can make a difference!

Thursday, 2 November, 2017 - 12:21 pm

Sometimes, people think: I am just one person and the world is conspiring against me. Can I be the one to change the world? Who am I?

The answer is YOU can make a difference!

A few thousand years ago, there was this boy born to his parents when they were already quite old. His parents were very well respected in the community yet the local bully made fun of him at his own bar mitzvah! The bully claimed to be able to crush the boy with his fingers. The bully attempted to prove that the young kid would never fulfill his parents dream for him to be a force that can change the world. The bully would say: “Me, I am already grown, I am strong and I will change the world to fit my view of what humanity should look like!”

What happened? Little Isaac grew up, and his descendants were the most influential group in history, namely, the Jewish people! As a people, the Jews have been changing the world by doing Torah and Mitzvot, one mitzvah at a time. The bully, Og the giant, was eventually killed by Moses, a descendant of the Bar Mitzvah boy, and Og’s mark on the world has been long forgotten.

So remember, your actions can make a difference regardless of how small or young you may be. And of course, do not let the bullies or the nay-sayers get you down!

Have an amazing Shabbos!

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

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