A lesson from a handyman…writes Rabbi Michoel Gourarie

September 8, 2017 by Rabbi Michoel Gourarie
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This Shabbos, the 18th day of the month of Elul marks the anniversary of the birth of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Chassidic movement.

Rabbi Michoel Gourarie

Among his famous teachings was the following:

Nothing happens by chance and everything has a purpose. Therefore, everything that we see or hear can teach us a lesson for our own journey of personal growth and Divine service. 

Once as the Baal Shem tov and his disciples were discussing this very topic there was a loud knock on the window. It was the local handyman, who (looking for work) cried out; “anything to fix, anything to fix?”

Somewhat annoyed at the distraction they dismissed him explaining that there was nothing that needed repairing.  The handyman persisted and proclaimed:

“Are you certain? I am sure that if you look hard you will find something that needs fixing.”

At that moment, the Baal Shem Tov turned to his students and explained that what just took place proved the theory they were discussing. In our own lives, there is always room for some improvement. Even when we think we are doing alright, if we look hard  we will find something in our personality that can do with some fixing.

We are currently approaching the new year. This is a time of reflection and commitment to the next step in our personal growth.  Whether it is in our character, relationships or spiritual growth, if we look hard we will find something to fix.

Rabbi Gourarie is director of BINA

 

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