You're as Great as the Challenge
King David was one of these leaders with such a “great soul”. He required this depth of spiritual character since he was the first of the line of kings which will ultimately give birth to "King Mashiach".
But accompanying this greatness is "another side". In simplistic terms, this means that with a spiritual greatness also comes a parallel great “evil inclination”. As the story of King David unfolds, we see the development of a king whose descendants will bring us the final salvation. King David overcame every mighty challenge, which resulted in his starting an everlasting dynasty to lead the Jewish People.
Let us travel back in history for a moment to examine key events in the formation of our nation, and their meaning for us today as we too face our own challenges in life.
The Ten Plagues: The Jewish People in Egypt did not have the privilege of today's Jewish education. No Hebrew schools, no yeshivot. Thus, the Ten Plagues, as well as being a punishment to the Egyptians, also served as a method of “schooling” the Jewish People. It helped them gain proper recognition and understanding of
One must be in awe of that “small” fifth that left Egypt. They were “great souls” who chose to follow
We see in this verse praise from
The challenge of the Exodus was the beginning of our national challenge, and no other nation had faced this challenge, nor will they ever face it. Meeting this challenge and “winning” by following the way of
The Exodus was a one-time event. But this one-time challenge was soon followed by a new, ongoing challenge that has been with us until this very day: The challenge of the Jewish People and the Torah. The Jewish People and the Torah are the reasons for Creation. If the Jewish People adhere to the Torah, the reason for Creation is fulfilled.
And besides our national challenge, there is the “individual” challenge”. Each and every one of us has his "specially tailored" challenge.
There are many challenges in our lives to see if we will follow what
And moving one step closer to the final goal of “bringing” Mashiach, may it be speedily in our days. Amen.