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The Plan Amidst The Pain

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28.11.2021

After synagogue today, there was a kiddush sponsored by Rabbi Shalom Holzkenner in honor of his birthday. After a few L’Chaims wishing him well, he gets up to say a few words, and one of the things he says is that now in his older age, he’s learned that: “Nothing in life is free!”

At that point, one of the other men in the shul, also with a few L’Chaims in him, yells out that “Life is free!” The rabbi gives a good chuckle and says you must not be married, and starts laughing with everyone good and hard. Truly, he reiterates, nothing is free. And he harks back to his days as a stockbroker when he sold “lots of ‘free’ stuff” and he gives me a knuckle bump. Clearly, the message is that everyone buys at their own risk and pays the price for thinking that they’re getting something for nothing.

It reminded me of the Torah portion of the week, Vayeshev, where Joseph paid a heavy price including being thrown in the pit and then sold by his brothers into........

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