Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Your Prescription

Rabbi Raymond Beyda

YOUR PRESCRIPTION

Most people would agree that envy is a negative trait. Yes, there is a special admiration for the scholarship that some are fortunate to achieve in their spiritual pursuits that arouses healthy competitive jealousy--"kin- at sofrim"-- but that is the exception not the rule in the world of envy. Most people are like horses. When a horse drinks it pounds its foot. Rabbi Meir of Parmishlan explained that the horse sees its own reflection in the water and thinks there is another horse drinking what he himself will need and so the horse stomps its foot to chase away his competitor and to insure that the river will have enough water to quench his thirst. Really silly isn't he? The river certainly has enough water for him and thousands of others like him.

Well, G-d has plenty of everything for everyone. What one person has, has no bearing on what another is lacking. His distribution system is so perfect that He gives everyone exactly what HE OR SHE need to do HIS OR HER special job in His army. Michtav M'Eliyahu compares this to eyeglasses. Just as eyeglasses made for someone else are not suitable for you, so too all the other "things"--the material tools--supplied by our Creator are made to suit each individual's prescription. Resheet Hochma says that when a person envies another's beauty, strength, or wealth they are demonstrating a lack of acceptance of what the Almighty decided THEY should have.

Today, when that demon hits you and he tells you that "It's not fair" -- stop! Consider that you don't want to wear eyeglasses made to someone else's specific prescription. Then remember that the "eye doctor" on high is the best suited to give everyone what he or she needs to be truly successful and truly happy. It only takes a minute but it will contribute greatly to your satisfaction quotient for years to come.


Text Copyright © 2004 Rabbi Raymond Beyda and Torah.org.


 

ARTICLES ON BALAK:

View Complete List

A 'Well' Learned Lesson
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5759

Conspiracies and Lost Opportunities
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5758

You Can't Pick Your Cards...
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Bilam: A Perfect Tzadik?
Shlomo Katz - 5761

The Sin of "Not Getting It"
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5767

The Red Heifer Reality
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

ArtScroll

Wrinkles!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Victory is With-in-Reach
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Without Cover!
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

> Donkey Talk
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

Putting the Cart Before the Horse
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

Friendly Enemies
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A Purifying Proccess
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5762

Uncommon Courtesy
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5766

A Different Kind Of Friend
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

The Segulot of Mitzvot
Shlomo Katz - 5772



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information