Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

Don't Beat Yourself Up

Rabbi Jay M. Stein on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

And the Lord shall send panic against them... (Deuteronomy 7:20)

The Lord your God will deliver them up to you, throwing them into utter panic...  (7:23)

When I was in high school I played varsity tennis.  I wasn't the best but I had tremendous heart. I would not give up on a ball.  There were opponents who were better than me, yet I could find a way to win and it usually included them making "unforced errors."

I would hit one more ball back and they would make a silly mistake.  A ball they could have put away without another thought became hard for them to hit. They would begin to doubt themselves and they would panic.  Rarely did I beat my rival.  More often they beat themselves.

The same is true in life.  We get down on ourselves.  We beat ourselves up.  Our enemies don't need to beat us because we get there first.  The next time a negative thought enters you mind, check to see if there is basis for it.  Otherwise you are not your best self.


Sharon and I look forward to celebrating with you this Shabbat at our Auf Ruf.  We feel so blessed to be part of this loving community.