October 6, 2008

The Dangerous Undertow of life

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 12:09 am

This Rosh Hashanah I was blessed with two Israeli surfers and lifeguards. One had stated he saved over 100 victims in the water and I saw this surprise orchim as an opportunity to learn something for the new year. Here is what I learned…

When a person is swimming in the ocean, they naturally tend to go where there are less waves near the shores. What they don’t realize is that this lack of wave moment is due to a possible undertow which pushes the water backwards. In just a few seconds in shallow water, one can be pushed way out of shore. Panicking they start to swim against the current which tires them quickly and then in a panic, they run of out air. If they just understood that just 10meters to their side the current would push them to shore and they could swim calmly, they would arrive back safely. Instead, they drown in their own troubles for absolutely no reason.
This same mentality is how many of us try to rescue ourselves from trouble. Instead of calmly finding a solution in a different way, we swim against the current and drown in our sorrow.
Now the surfer also has issues he must contend with. He has to understand his strength and abilities and pick a board that is appropriate to his style. Then while surfing through the waters, he must maintain a balance and an understanding of the flowing waves. A good surfer doesn’t fight the waves but gracefully flows with them knowing when to turn. In life, we must have an understanding of our own personal nature. What is balance to a surfer depends on his height, weight and board. We too must know ourselves well enough to take the waves of life and flow with them. Instead of fearing the oncoming waves, we must be prepared for them and then we might even enjoy them. This was my divar Torah to them on Yom Tov and I am sharing it with you. I have taken their phone numbers and have been invited to go surfing with them. Since I am a horrible swimmer and have never surfed, I have a professional lifeguard and surfer to make sure I return safely back to you all. Leshana Tova and have a great year of surfing!
I don’t have much time this year to post so I will try to post more quality postings and it will be a bit less frequent. If donations come in more often, that will immediately change but right now i have to swim 10 meters out so I don’t sink with the site that is not getting enough support from viewers.


  1. interesting guests…

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — October 6, 2008 @ 6:41 am

  2. Well they were young guys not really religious but traditional. It was nice to practice my hebrew skills. We had a third guest whom I met through the website and they brought them as a suprise. Here in Tzfat, whenever you invite one or five you should expect 3 or 8 to show up… Tourists, can’t live with them, can’t live without them…

    Comment by Reb Moshe — October 6, 2008 @ 7:55 am

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