August 30, 2007

Little tiptoes

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 2:57 am

I heard some little tiptoes and then suddenly a door open. Being 3 in the morning, I figured, either it was a hungry intruder or a little kid grabbing something to eat. As I got closer to the kitchen, I heard the breaking of a plastic seal. I knew this couldn’t be a healthy snack he was after. As I entered the room, I saw a little creature, that being my 4 year old snatching a pudding from the fridge. At first, my reaction was too grab it away, which I did but then I gave it another thought. Any child who went to so much trouble to snatch himself a little nighttime snack, must be quite eager for these few minutes of satisfaction of the pallet. I gave him back the pudding and patted his head. He walked away in the darkness…

Was it really the pudding he was after or was the little chitter chatter of footsteps there to draw my attention. Pudding will only give him a few minutes of comfort but the fact that I let him have it, will be a lasting comfort for hours, maybe days.

I pray to Hashem, our Father in Heaven that when He sees His children reach for a pudding or something materialistic, He realizes that we are only really reaching to Him. In this, even the materialism of the world, He should not abandon us but comfort us and provide us with our physical needs. In those physical needs, may we find Him and His salvation. May Hashem remove the difficulties of parnasa from His people.


  1. That was so beautiful. I am posting a link to this on my blog.
    Thank you for pausing and opening your eyes, and especially for sharing with us.

    Comment by Yael Nehama — August 30, 2007 @ 5:54 am

  2. Yeah, but he went for a beer next! haha (joking)

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 30, 2007 @ 6:09 am

  3. You are a riot!

    Comment by Yael Nehama — August 30, 2007 @ 6:11 am

  4. See that, you gave him the pudding and it was all down hill from there. 😉

    Comment by Yael Nehama — August 30, 2007 @ 6:12 am

  5. Its hard to exress what i have to say after reading this i re-read it about 20 or more times. what we can learn from childrin simple lessons that have us thinking for years. yet at the same time u ganed something as well. phraphs ur son was as u said looking for att . mabey bc uve been busey with ur other son he wants to feel like hes getting att 2. or he just might want a snack late at night. yet be looking for some comfert as well. or phrhps theres a lesson u wre supossed to learn. i could go on forever but u get my point.

    this post was just amzing almost made me cry. the lesson the thought theres so much here…………

    Comment by breslevgirl — August 30, 2007 @ 8:16 am

  6. RebMoshe : “May Hashem remove the difficulties of parnasa from His people.”

    AMEIN! v’AMEIN! 🙂

    RebMoshe said: “Yeah, but he went for a beer next! haha (joking)”
    Sounds like a chip off the ole block

    I also agree with Breslevgirl that he was seeking emotional sustenance as well as physical delights. Desiring attention from a parent who’s preoccupied with a sibbling is completely natural. Think of how often we see Hashem paying attention to a fellow Jew and we think, “Hashem do you love me too?”

    We’re not so much consumed by envy, but rather we want to be certain we’re not forgotten. You’re very wise to be able to read past the surface (you have much Binah).

    Comment by Ralph Michael — August 30, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

  7. No.

    Its Hashkachu Prutis.

    Omein and Shkoyech.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — August 31, 2007 @ 8:39 am

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