November 13, 2006

strength/weekness/strength

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 3:19 am

When a person sees that they have slowed down on an important mitzvah or Jewish act, they have to immediately take it back before it becomes too hard too. One of the most difficult tests is rekindling a light that went out long ago. When a candle first goes out, if you light it right away, it will light quickly. Even quicker then when you first lit it originally. This is not the case though after the wick has gone out for a long time. It is simply more difficult to rekindle. The same is true for us Jews. We jump on something when it is new too us but then we just watch the candle go out, thinking… we will rekindle it in a few months or years. Then we find that it is simple too difficult to go back to the beginning again.

My friends, if you have latched onto anything good and holy. Don’t let it go!

Tears and repentance are important but only after we wipe away those tears are we able to begin again. If a person acts on something purely from emotion… like the wet wick that is hard to light… It might be more difficult to get the fire going properly but if you light the wick when it is dry, based on fear of Hashem and happiness, it will light right away again. So at first, you might need to cry but then after, brush those tears away and do the right thing because it is right, not based on your fluctuating emotions. As the Rabbi’s have told us, you must serve Hashem with both love and fear. Fear alone isn’t enough nor love alone.

2 Comments

  1. thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — November 13, 2006 @ 3:50 am

  2. Hey!…Man i love reading your blog, interesting posts ! it was a great Tuesday

    Comment by I Love U — October 10, 2007 @ 1:08 am

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