In this week’s parsha we explore the benefit of letting things go.

“My horse has the lowest maintenance cost!”

“How do you do it?”

“Horses normally have a balanced diet of barley, apples, carrots, and oats. I gradually took away the barley, apples, and carrots. She now eats only oats, and I’ve trained it to eat one meal instead of that constant nibbling!”

“OMG! I tried the same thing! I even went a step further and trained my horse not to eat at all! But… my horse was just too stubborn, and refused to learn! She died on me!”

While the trainer was looking to lower his costs, the horse needed its food. A horse without food will die.

Sometimes it’s ok to be stubborn, to stick it out, to ignore the calls to adjust to a new reality, to ignore the “trainer.”

Compromising is an important skill. But, our survival is dependent on perseverance!

That’s how we got here despite all odds.

The key question we need to ask ourselves is: what is not up for negotiation? Is everything up for sale? Or are there some things that we deem to be our identity?

This question is not only a nationalistic question but a question we each have to ask ourselves in our personal lives. What will I never give up on?

The key to everything is not compromise. It’s identity.