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Lessons from a Struggling Coal Train - Vayeishev

I must say that this week was particularly challenging for me. I felt comparable to an analogy about a coal train traveling cross-country for a long time. As I noticed my fuel dwindling, I sensed that the engine was losing steam, and there was nowhere to replenish it. I wondered how to keep the train moving when the coal was scarce. People were counting on this train, and I began to worry that maybe my goals were too lofty. What if I ran out of fuel before reaching my destination?

While reading this week's parsha, I often reflect on Yosef's difficult journey to Egypt. One notable aspect of this journey was Yosef's willingness to be imprisoned rather than commit an immoral act. He remained steadfast in his faith and did not falter. I don’t know what was going through his mind, but no matter what, he overcame a tough challenge, and that inspired me.

This week has been a challenging experience for me to keep pushing forward. However, I somehow found the strength to continue for just one more minute and then another, and so on. Although I may feel drained, I am motivated by how much progress I have made by not giving up. If you can relate to this message in any way, I want you to know that I am cheering you on. One foot in front of the other, you can do it!

Good Shabbos

All the best

Avroham Y Ross

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