Friday, April 03, 2009

More Than Just Four Questions

Rebbe Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev once asked why we are limited to just four questions in the Haggada since he could think of an infinite number of questions that he would like to ask the Ribbono shel Olam; namely, why is He keeping us in Golus for so long?

There are times we seek an answer and pursue it with vigilance and avid determination and are still unable to resolve our question. We may even bring our question to someone much wiser than ourselves for insight only to be told that the answer may be on a different plane than our question; that it is an act of kindness why we remain waiting with question in hand.

Do we have the humility and emuna to accept these delays to "our" schedule, or do we react as a small child who throws a temper tantrum in the car even as he is being driven to a place that he eagerly desires to go?

When instant gratification is too slow, how do we react when we are still holding on to our questions months and sometimes years later?


At April 3, 2009 at 10:25:00 AM EDT, Blogger Neil Harris said...

Your comparison to a child's tantrum is great. I wish there was an easy answer, except that we must remember that we are Maminim Bnei Maminim, believer and the children of believers.


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