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Finally Free

Wednesday, 27 April, 2011 - 5:10 pm

Finally Free

A person is living a comfortable life, has a wife and children who all get along. But he has a brother he doesn’t speak to. Is he free?

We just finished the holiday of Passover during which we began the process of going free. The Rebbe writes that the definition of freedom is when we are unified all as one; when we have no “unresolved issues” hindering Achdut Yisrael - Jewish unity.

On a personal level, this would mean that we’ve done all we can to resolve any unresolved issues we may have. Although ‘the brother’ may not be willing to speak to me (yet), I have done whatever I can to unlock and keep the door open.

Think….. Are there any unresolved issues that are holding you back?

Imagine ….. How would life be different if the issue was resolved?

Act….. What would you have to do to resolve the issue?

Let me share with you a story I heard from Tom, a friend of mine.

Tom was sixteen years old when his father passed away. While his father was alive he was a good and loving father but was rarely home. The children felt their father’s absence and this caused Tom to feel that he was unable to make progress with certain aspects of his life.

What did Tom do? He wrote a letter to his father detailing all the concerns he had and the reasons why he felt his father was holding him back. He burnt the letter and had the smoke deliver it wherever it needed to go. After doing this, Tom felt like he had made peace with his father and was able to continue on unconstrained.

At first, Tom had an unresolved issue and after writing the letter, he had resolved it in the best way possible. True it didn’t change the reality but the issue was laid to rest. He was free.

Go free and have a wonderful Shabbos.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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