Singing through your troubles.

Friday, 7 October, 2022 - 7:10 am

Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end. - John Lennon

Have you ever struggled with a situation and afterwards saw that it was good? Lost a job which was a catalyst to a job you love? Lost a relationship which helped you get to closer, higher quality relationships?

This week's Torah portion is referred to as the song of Haazinu. A song whose lyrics start like a beautiful poem, moves into an ominous depiction of the future, talking about all the troubles that will befall the Jewish people, and concludes with that Hashem will take care of His people and take revenge on their enemies. His children should follow the Torah and Hashem will bring them back home to the Holy Land.

Moses is talking about the circle of life; each step leads to the next step, until complete redemption. We (will) see how every difficulty and every suffering was just a nudge to get us back on track and continue to move towards redemption.

We never want to have pain and pray that no one else ever must experience any pain, challenges, addiction, or troubles. Yet, I have heard from many people about their challenges:

• After years of being clean, I can appreciate how my substance abuse led me to the good life I have today.
• After losing my job, I can appreciate how my job loss led me to the good job I have today.
• After losing my health, I can appreciate how that led me to the healthy life I have today.

As the saying goes "If you want to know how bad it is, read the newspapers. If you want to know how good it is, study history.” In the end it's always good and if it's not good it's not the end.

This is one of the messages that Moses is telling us. There is a designer to this world with a plan, a mission, and a purpose. There are challenges, perceived and real. Each challenge is another step toward redemption. If we can recognize that (not easy!) we would be able to sing through our troubles.

We pray that we are all blessed with an amazing year of revealed good where what we see is not challenges but the good at the end.

Have a good Shabbos and an amazing joyous Sukkos.


P.S. My father recently wrote a book called Why God Why - How to believe in heaven when it hurts like hell about life's challenges. You can learn more and purchase your copy by clicking here.

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