Give a Little Push
This weeks Torah portion tells us that “…and the fire… shall be kept burning in it... and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning (Vayikra/Leviticus 6:5)”
The Talmud points out that although there was a fire which descended from heaven, nonetheless a ‘human input’ was required to keep the fire burning.
We could ask a question on this and indeed on the entire process of ‘avodah’, of Divine service which took place in the Temple and takes place in our everyday lives: what does G-d need our work for? Surely He could do everything Himself?
The Talmud relates a story of Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa who saw a huge stone which he wanted to bring to the Temple. The stone was too big for him to move by himself and he could not afford to hire labourers to help him to move it. He saw a vision in which G-d told him: Push it with your little finger. Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa pushed the stone and he saw angels who helped him to move it to the Temple.
What is this story teaching us? We frequently find ourselves facing overwhelming challenges. It is worthwhile to remember that all G-d is asking from us is that we push with our little finger. We have the ability to tap into the infinite, we just have to ‘open the door’ and do our best. When we do, we will find ourselves succeeding beyond our wildest dreams. With the help from Above, we are able to accomplish far more than we ever could by ourselves.
However, we have to make that first move, even if it is only a little push, to tap into the infinite, to bring down the Divine blessings into our everyday lives.