Hope you’re having a great day.
If you would see me now?
You would say, “What happened to your finger?”
Because it’s all bandaged up.
… It was caught in a heavy door!
And I know you just said…
That must really hurt! Sorry! Feel better soon!”
It was extremely painful!
I’ve been trying to come up with a profound reason that this happened to me.
And have not been successful.
(Could it be because I wasn’t careful enough? I guess so!)
So I started to think about how I can use this experience to grow.
And I remembered a story I have heard many times.
It’s about the world famous Rabbi Moshe Feinstein.
He was one of the greatest authorities on Jewish law in the 20th century.
… Once a student was giving him a ride to his Yeshiva.
And as the Rabbi got into the car?
The driver closed the door…
On the Rabbi’s finger!
And unlike me?
Rabbi Feinstein was silent. Not a sound.
And when he got out of the car and entered the Yeshiva?
He ran over to the sink to put his finger under cold water.
And then got in touch with a doctor.
… Not only did Rabbi Feinstein spend his entire life studying Torah.
He worked constantly on internalizing the teachings of the Torah!
And was able to control what for anyone else would be an automatic response.
He didn’t cry out in pain because he knew how bad the driver would feel!
I was always amazed by this story.
But after seeing what it feels like?
… While it’s not realistic to expect to reach Rabbi Feinstein’s level?
I hope to be inspired by his example.
So next time something “hurts”?
And I’m about to let someone “have it”?
I hope to think of Rabbi Feinstein!
… Before I go, Saturday night is Purim!
And I would like to celebrate with you!
Please join me at CTN’s unique Purim celebration.
(At the CTN Center 2832West Touhy, 8:30 P.M.)
If you enjoy my Torah Minutes, you will love our explanatory Megillah reading!
Hope to see you!
All the best,
Rabbi Moshe Katz
2832W. Touhy Avenue
P 773. 761. 0400 ext. 201
F 773. 761. 9262