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"The Power of One Holy Neshama: Ki Sisa (2024 Version)

The Lubavitcher Rebbe introduced several "Mivtzo'im" campaigns, many of which revolve around Jewish holidays, promoting acts of kindness like putting on Tefillin, hanging Mezuzahs, lighting Shabbat candles, shaking the Lulav, and more. While I don't often get the chance to participate in such activities, something special happened during the holiday of Sukkos when my friend invited me to join him on his trip to New York City to shake the Lulav and Esrog with any willing participants. It turned out to be an unforgettable experience, and I cherished every moment.

As sunset approached, we made our way to catch the train back home. When we arrived at our intended stop, it was almost sunset, and we were tired after the long day. However, as we ventured halfway down the platform, my friend suddenly realized we were heading in the wrong direction. We promptly started retracing our steps, however, a nearby individual noticed our Lulav and asked if they could use it to fulfill the mitzvah. They explained that time was running out, and they hadn't yet shaken the Lulav that day. Fearing they wouldn't make it home in time, they said a small prayer but were about to give up when we appeared.

The experience we had on the train platform showed me the importance of having faith in Hashem. It taught me that when we trust in Him, problems can be solved and new solutions can arise, even if they come in the form of two "bochurim". This experience taught me a valuable lesson that sometimes when we think we've lost our way, it may actually be divine intervention leading us towards a chance to do a good deed.

Good Shabbos,

All the best

Avroham Y Ross

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