For Your Shabbos Table: Made For You Before You Order



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    For Your Shabbos Table: Made For You Before You Order

    From the desk of Rabbi Sholom Schapiro, Shliach in Manhattan: Imagine: you arrive at your favorite restaurant. You request them to prepare a unique dinner for you, in fact, it is a new recipe that you created. You start telling the chef your request and yet before you finish explaining, the waiters bring out your dream dish. You think, this is impossible, when could have they prepared it, I haven’t even finished my request? • Click to Read

    Imagine: you arrive at your favorite restaurant. You request them to prepare a unique dinner for you, in fact, it is a new recipe that you created. You start telling the chef your request and yet before you finish explaining, the waiters bring out your dream dish. You think, this is impossible, when could have they prepared it, I haven’t even finished my request?

    Once, the Baal Shem Tov and his student Rabbi Mendel of Be’er were traveling together in the forest. Rabbi Mendel became unbearably thirsty, but they did not have any water to drink.

    Seeing his discomfort, the Baal Shem Tov asked Rabbi Mendel: “Do you believe that G-d can provide water for you right here and right now?”

    Rabbi Mendel was swift to respond in the affirmative. Suddenly a peasant appeared nearby carrying two buckets of water over his shoulders. They asked him for some water, made a blessing and drank. Then, Rabbi Mendel asked the water carrier how he came to be wandering in the forest with buckets of water. He responded that for several days now he has been looking for his horses that had gotten lost in the forest.

    The Baal Shem Tov explained, “G-d prearranged this individual to be carrying water in the forest, so that at the very moment that you displayed trust in G-d, the water would be readily available.”

    In this week’s Torah portion we read how Abraham sent his servant Eliezer to Aram to find a wife for his son Yitzchak. Avraham instructs Eliezer to find a girl that is from the family of Avraham.

    Upon arriving in Aram, Eliezer prayed to G-d, asking for for a sign to determine which girl to choose for Yitzchak. “The girl that will agree to draw water for me and will also offer water for my camels – she is the girl who is fit to marry Yitzchak.”

    Before Eliezer finished his prayer, Rivkah arrived at the well. Eliezer asked her for a drink and she offered water for his camels as well. Even before verifying that the girl was related to Avraham, Eliezer gave her gifts – for he was sure that she was the one.

    In this story, we see how G-d orchestrated that Rivkah should set out for the well before Eliezer had begun his prayer, so that the answer would be present as soon as Eliezer displayed his trust in G-d. For when one truly believes that G-d will provide all his needs, he merits to have those blessings fulfilled immediately.

    When we face moments of adversity in life, we may lose hope and trust in G-d. It is important to remember that G-d has already set the stage for the remedy. Our job is to believe and trust in G-d, and when we do so, we find that the solution has already been laid out, waiting for the catalyst of our trust to bring it to reality.

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