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Why Me?

Thursday, 14 October, 2010 - 12:00 pm

The Chilean Miners - a story that has gripped the media. Imagine living 700 feet below ground for months. The first question that a miner may have asked is Why Me? What did I do to deserve this! I am a good person, I do good deeds and I do what I can to support my community and my family. Why me?

Same story thousands of years ago (and this weeks Torah portion): “and the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you……I will bless you, and I will aggrandize your name………And it came to pass when Abram came to Egypt………and the woman (Sarah) was taken to the house of Pharaoh’”. Genesis 12:1-12:15.

Abraham should have asked Why Me?

The answer may be in the very beginning of the next chapter, Chapter 13: “And Abram came up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that was his, and Lot with him, to the south. And Abram was very heavy with cattle, with silver, and with gold”.

Was his going down to Egypt a catalyst for him to become wealthy? Was Sarah being taken the vehicle for this wealth?

Back to the miners in Chile: Jose Henriquez, 55, served as a stand-in religious leader for the miners by leading a prayer group. I don’t know Jose, but maybe for him being in the mine was the catalyst to becoming a religious leader. He’s been in mining for 33 years, but now he may be a religious leader.

I’ll end off with a quote from a letter of the Rebbe “If an individual experiences a particularly difficult or trying situation, it may be assumed that Hashem has given him extraordinary powers to overcome that extraordinary difficulty. The individual concerned is probably unaware of his real inner strength. The trial may therefore be designed for the sole purpose of bringing out in the individual his hidden strength, which, after overcoming his crisis, can be added henceforth to the arsenal of his revealed capacities, in order to utilize both for infinitely greater achievements for the benefit of himself, and others.”

So why me? Maybe the answer is for me to grow whether financially like Abram, religiously like Jose or to reveal an inner strength as the Rebbe said.

Have a wonderful Shabbos.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

To see my brothers blog on the chile story click here

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