In this week’s parsha we talk about overcoming life’s obstacles.
The celebrated Israeli military leader and politician, Moshe Dayan, was once stopped by a police officer for a speeding violation.
“You, Dayan?” said the officer in surprise when he saw who he had stopped. “Come on, you should be more of a role model!”
Responded Dayan, “Look, I have only one eye. Do you want me to keep it on the speedometer, or on the road?”
If we are always looking at the speedometer, we’ll crash. If our nation always played by the rules of the game, we would have been gone long ago. It doesn’t make sense that we’re still around. All the odds were and are against us. But who said it has to make sense?
This is the message we must take from the holiday of Passover; we are not bound by any rules. We have within us the capability to jump–to pass over, any and every obstacle that stands in our way.
True, the obstacles seem impossible to overcome, the rules have predicted that the game is over. It doesn’t matter. We have the ability to pass it all over.
You know why? Because we are not a mere number that is judged by statistics. We have been entrusted with Hashem’s Torah. The creator of the world has got to know something that we don’t–he obviously feels that we are going to stick around, otherwise he would have entrusted someone else!
The next time you hear someone predicting something terrible, even if it seems like it makes sense, just turn around and say, “Hey, it actually makes more sense that we can and will prevail!”