Earlier today, I went to visit a holocaust museum. While I was there, I saw a video about a younger boy and an older man walking in a cold forest. While they were walking, the young boy got cold and asked the older man what to do when he got cold. The older man told the boy that he stomps when his feet get cold, and they warm up. When his hands get cold, he rubs them together to keep them warm. The boy was pleased with the answer, but he wanted to know how to warm up his heart. The older man took off his coat and put it on the boy, saying that the heart is most important and needs the most warmth. Sometimes the heart doesn’t require physical heat, but an act of kindness warms you with the feeling of being loved.
During this shabbos, we will be wrapping up the Torah in preparation for Simcha’s Torah. In this Parsha, Moshe gave a mega blessing of success to each tribe. As we review the many parshiyos, seeing the Torah’s many inspiring moments or highlights is cool. As I thought about the Torah, I took a moment to reflect on my highlights from this year. I thought about the many times when I was able to share and become inspired. I then thought about when I didn’t feel I had what to say or was uninspired for whatever reason. It is among the worst feelings to have a desire to share with others and become inspired but not have the ability to do so.
Earlier tonight, I was reminded that life is limited. I realized that if I spend all my time figuring out if I am inspired or not, I will have wasted all the opportunities. How do you become inspired when you aren’t? What makes you share with others when you don’t have anything to communicate? I don’t yet have an answer for what to do when you are uninspired, but I found a solution for sharing. As explained in the video, a heart stays warm through the kindness and love of others. If you have a desire to share, do an act of kindness for someone else, help them feel loved, make their heart feel warm. With the Ahavas Yisrael that this creates, we can break all the final boundaries and march into Yerushaliam with the coming of Moshiach.
All the best
Avroham Y Ross