Free Will? - Va'etchanan


This afternoon after a week long of practice I went to take my driving test in order to get a license. Imagine the shock when instead of the wait for 15 minutes to take the test like originally planned, it took two hours! The thought that got me through it was that Hashem runs the world. I can make any and all the plans in the world but none of them will come true without Hashem!


This week's parsha is Parshat Vaetchanan. In Parshas Vaetchanan Moshe had a plan to enter the land of Israel. After all the hard work he put in, (bringing the yidden out of Egypt, the forty years in the desert and so on). Shouldn't the reward for this be that he can enter the land of Israel? Comparable to the driving exam. If a person puts in more than a certain amount of hours, automatically they should be there to get a license. But life doesn't work that way. 

Throughout the year a person can come up with billions of plans. Someone can decide something is amazing, while Hashem who sees the essence knows it isn't. If you need to experience something in an atmosphere that wasn't planned, then just know Hashem will put you someplace for that experience and when you aren't needed there anymore, he will make it that you leave after that specific experience is over. The lesson to take from this is as follows. A person's life may change at any second, but don't get depressed and roll with the flow. Hopefully with more people living strongly, Hashem will see we are putting effort into transforming the world and will bring mashiach!

Have a happy healthy shabbos! All the best! Avroham Y Ross