Once again Shabbat is upon us. This past week, Hanukkah week, has been filled with a mixture of Light and darkness, of giving and taking away. As we enter into the Shabbat, let us lay aside every thought that would cause us to be worried or troubled. Let us focus on the Eternal and His magnificent love for his people. In the Light of His presence, all will take on a proper perspective. We will exit the Shabbat refreshed and renewed with new vision and new strength.
Shabbat Shalom all.
Who Has the Answer?
retold by Doug Lipman
Some Hasidim of the Maggid of Mezheritz came to him. "Rebbe, we are puzzled. It says in the Talmud that we must thank God as much for the bad days, as for the good. How can that be? What would our gratitude mean, if we gave it equally for the good and the bad?"
The Maggid replied, "Go to Anapol. Reb Zusya will have an answer for you."
The Hasidim undertook the journey. Arriving in Anapol, they inquired for Reb Zusya. At last, they came to the poorest street of the city. There, crowded between two small houses, they found a tiny shack, sagging with age.
When they entered, they saw Reb Zusya sitting at a bare table, reading a volume by the light of the only small window. "Welcome, strangers!" he said. "Please pardon me for not getting up; I have hurt my leg. Would you like food? I have some bread. And there is water!"
"No. We have come only to ask you a question. The Maggid of Mezheritz told us you might help us understand: Why do our sages tell us to thank God as much for the bad days as for the good?"
Reb Zusya laughed. "Me? I have no idea why the Maggid sent you to me." He shook his head in puzzlement. "You see, I have never had a bad day. Every day God has given to me has been filled with miracles."
May we have the ability to think likewise.