I hope you enjoyed Purim.
The Purim story reminds us that G-d is involved in Jewish history.
In the survival of the Jewish People.
And in our personal lives.
Even when it’s not obvious.
Most of us have probably had experiences where something happens to us.
We wonder “why”.
And it turns out for the best.
… I recently had some car problems.
The automatic locks and lights stopped working.
And you couldn’t even put the lights on manually.
The “old fashioned way”.
It wasn’t the end of the world.
But I did find myself seeing it as a big deal.
And asking myself, “Why would a loving G-d let my lights die?
I’ve been pretty good lately”!
… Then came Shabbat.
The time to forget about my problems.
I came home from synagogue Friday night looking forward to a great Shabbat meal.
Including the special whole wheat challah that I ordered.
And my wife says to me, “Moshe. Have you seen the challah”?
I say, “The challah”?
Then it hit me.
I left it in the car!
Doesn’t sound like a big problem?
It’s not so simple.
Because not only is driving a car a problem on Shabbat.
So is opening a car door!
Because the light goes on!
So I thought “We can kiss that challah goodbye”!
… Your lights don’t work!
There I was, wondering “why”?
And G-d was making sure I would have challah for Shabbat!
… Yesterday I got on my treadmill for my daily jog.
It was dead!
And to top it off?
Someone had just offered us a “top of the line” treadmill.
We said, “No thanks, we have a great one”!
Was it frustrating?
But I looked at it differently.
I wasn’t going to ask that “why question” again!
It was easier to deal with. I figured it will hopefully be for the best.
… And while I was philosophizing?
My wife figured out the problem. And fixed it!
And it’s even better than it was before!