Updated: Nov 9, 2018
The idea of being a superhero was introduced through comics, TV shows, and movies. As the Baal Shem Tov said, “we can learn a lesson from everything,” so what energy from those “heroes” can we use to uplift this world? Just as the superheroes of fantasy will save the planet from its ultimate doom, our real daily heroes will be found giving a hug to someone who is having a bad day. The same way kryptonite would cripple the “man of steel,” our yetzer hara uses our weaknesses to cripple our sense of right and wrong.
This week we read Tazria-Metzorah, in which we learn Moshe had a kryptonite of his own. As a result of belittling the potential of the Children of Israel, Moshe was stricken with tzaras on his hand. Yet, we learn that Moshe redeemed himself immediately through teshuva, making right on his misdoings, and resulting in his transformation into a true superhero.
Every person has their kryptonite, yet in order to make a difference each of us have the responsibility to fight through it. Every person has the potential to be a superhero. In our generation this could be as simple as helping those around us, and being a good caring friend
It doesn't take much to do a good thing, the right thing, and become a hero - so let's be the heroes the world is waiting for and bring Moshiach!
All the best
Avroham Y Ross