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Exercise Equipment

Friday, 5 June, 2020 - 2:05 pm

I can’t do exercise as I don’t have the exercise equipment!

Many times, when we go on our spiritual path, we want to change yet feel we don’t have all the prerequisites required. So, change goes on the back burner.

We read in this week’s Torah portion that the Jews were in the wilderness where nothing grows. To go to the promised land, you need to have humility. One needs to be like a desert where your ego can’t grow.

Despite that being the ideal, we need to try to get to the promised land even before we are perfectly humble.

I was meeting with a personal trainer and he told me: “We will use whatever you have in the house, no need to get new equipment. However, you will still need to do the work required to help your health”.

Similarly, we need to use our strengths, even before we are perfect, and connect to Hashem with those strengths.

The story is told about Rabbi Laibel Kaplan OBM. As a young yeshiva student, he went into the Lubavitcher Rebbe for a private audience and asked: “how should I deal with my ego?” (He probably expected a full pathway in divine service.) The Rebbe simply answered: “zolst hoben mit vos”. Be the type of person who has what to be proud about. Use your pride as a motivator.

Use what you have and enhance your spirituality.

Do you need to be humble?
YES

Should you wait till your humble to grow spiritually?
NO

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