One can pray to change oneself, or one can pray to change the world.
Moses, the ultimate leader, beseeched, implored to enter the Land so that he may lead the people in their most challenging time. Moses was denied. The people have to grow up and learn to deal with challenges on their own. But Moses sees and shares the vision. Moses foresees the many difficulties the Jewish people will face, but he also knows that the people will turn raging storms into beacons of light. The miraculous exodus is recounted, as are the Ten Commandments. The immortal Shema is recounted, as are the binding connective tissue of Tefilin and Mezuzah.
Left with no one else to blame, the child erroneously sees himself as the culprit. And this self-loathing and sense of inadequacy further erodes the child’s confidence. It’s not your fault. Don’t allow yourself to be invalidated. You have all the strength necessary to pick up the pieces and rebuild your life.Read More