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The hit on the shoulder - Devarim

Thursday, 23 July, 2020 - 7:23 am

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In Jerusalem lived a very cheerful Jew named Nachum Margaliyot. He was always happy, despite leading a difficult life and losing two daughters. When he was asked how he can always be happy, he answered with a parable: “When you walk on the street and suddenly feel a hit on your shoulder, you turn around to see who did it. If it is a stranger, you will naturally get angry. But if you realize it is someone you love, you will understand that the hit was friendly and you will not get upset, even if it was painful. It is the same with me. I indeed received very painful hits, but every time I look back, I understand they came from a loving G-d. This is how I can continue to be cheerful, nevertheless. »

When you love G-d and you know that He loves you too, you interpret everything that happens to you as something positive for you.

In this week’s Parasha, Moses, before passing away, rebukes the people of Israel. Among other things, he reminds them that they complained that G-d took them out of Egypt because He hated them, to kill them in the desert. Their outlook was so distorted that even though they saw open miracles, they interpreted it as hatred.

Everything depends on “who hits us on the shoulder”. Let us wear the correct lenses to look at the reality and interpret it positively. Let us search for the hidden good in everything that happens to us.

Shabbat Shalom,


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