Did you manage to get everything done?

Thursday, 21 April, 2016 - 2:22 pm


Dear Friends,


How were Pesach preparations? Did you manage to get everything done?

If you did manage to do everything possible for Pesach, this post is not for you, and I hereby wish you a happy and kosher Pesach.

But if, like me, you didn’t get quite everything done, if there are some things that you didn’t find the time for, if you feel that perhaps you could have done more but didn’t, or if your parental conscience is working overtime because of your children who worked overtime, here is a true and very meaningful story:

The Mashpi’a (spiritual advisor), Rabbi Shlomo Chaim Kesselman z”l, was one of the most special Chabad Chassidim of the previous generation. He built up people. Those who were influenced by him – and who are already marrying off their grandchildren – still speak about him with longing and admiration.

Once, a group of students came to his house for a sudden Hitva’adut (meeting). He was willing to sit with them, prevail upon them and give them spiritual counsel, but his wife was not so ready. She came in, frantic, and said: “I have nothing at home. There’s almost nothing to serve them. What should I do?”

He answered her, and his answer made the entire Hitva’adut worthwhile:

“What you have, give fully. No one is demanding what you don’t have.”

There are those who would say that that is an educational message; others will say that it is an important principle in life. I just want to say one thing: it is a true point! It is the Truth. What we have – we should give, but what we don’t have – no one is demanding from us.

Each one of us has something different in his or her pantry. There are those who have great financial ability; others have great personal warmth; still others are good at planning and organizing, and then there are those people who know how to improvise and find solutions to problems. No one has all these qualities together.

So, a moment before the holiday, we should remember: what we have, we should give. But what we don’t have – no one is demanding from us.


Wishing you Shabbat Shalom and a happy and kosher Pesach,


Rabbi Zalmen Wishedski

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