Sunday, January 29, 2012

Can We Really Run Away?

A thought on this week's portion, Parashat B'Shallach:

As the Israelites were running away from the Egyptians, they caught a glimpse of their foes pursuing them from behind. The Chasidic Rebbe, the Ba'al Shem Tov interprets this verse:

"Often in life, we think we can escape our problems by running away, only to find our problems running after us." (Etz Hayim Commentary)

Turning inward or running away rarely provides an escape. Once we have the strength and freedom we need, it is always best to face our fears directly in order to truly overcome them.

More thoughts from the parasha this upcoming Shabbat!

See you then.