Come to Bat
Rabbi Raymond Beyda
COME TO BAT
Do you gamble? Some people say that they don't--but they do "bet"
against themselves everyday. Out of fear of failure many people avoid
taking on challenges and grabbing the opportunities to accomplish great
things. They crush their self-image into a small compact size and say "I
can't" even when there is potential that they really ''can''. In order to
succeed in life a person must feel that they can succeed. Rabbi Berel
Wein says "The defense mechanism of self-denigration cripples us from
taking advantage of the opportunities that life constantly presents. A
person must choose the right way for oneself and not the easy non-
The truth is there are many things, goals, ideals, and challenges
that are beyond our reach. Yes, there are things one really cannot do.
It's o.k. to say I can't when one of those situations arise. The danger
is when "I can't" becomes an attitude rather than a response to a single
set of circumstances. A poor attitude and view of life is what we must
Today when you are confronted with a difficult challenge--stop. Ask
yourself "Can I do it?" If your answer is negative then think again "Do
I want to forfeit the game or wouldn't I rather play and maybe, just
maybe, I might win.'' It only takes a minute but you will learn that
although not everyone can climb to the top of the mountain no one should
willingly choose to stay at the bottom of the hill. Success!
DID YOU KNOW THAT the commandment to recite the Shema Yisrael is a positive commandment which has time constraints and therefore women should be exempt.
However, since the concept of acceptance of the sovereignty of G-d is also
required of women they are required to say the Shema Yisrael everyday at
anytime that they can.
Text Copyright © 2004 Rabbi Raymond Beyda and Torah.org.