What prevents us from reaching out to others? Often there are myriads of excuses that flood the conscious and subconscious when there’s a need for help: I don’t have the time, the money, the strength, the resources. There’s one excuse we don’t often hear: “I don’t have the will.”

After the Torah was given to us at Sinai, G-d asked us to build a home for Him, the portable Tabernacle sanctuary, and ultimately the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The specifications for this home included large quantities of precious metals and many other rare, fine materials. Considering the difficulty in amassing this stock, it’s surprising to find that the donations to the Tabernacle funds were so overwhelming that Moses had to ask them to stop giving. Every fundraiser should be blessed with such problems!

“Have them set aside a donation for Me, from every person whose heart is generous you shall take My donation.” (Exodus 25:2) Why is the contribution first referred to as “a donation” and then rephrased as “My donation”? These donors were those whose “hearts were generous” but they didn’t have the means to fulfill their desire. “Since your heart is generous, you’re willing but not able,” G-d says, “your ‘donation’ will become ‘My donation’ — I will bless you with the means to fulfill your heart’s desire.” The willingness will be the conduit for G-d’s blessing, His gift. (Based on R’ Yonasan Eibishitz & Shelah HaKadosh)

Having the will to help others is key. If the need is real, one that G-d has called us to, the only true excuse is “I don’t have the will.” Once we truly desire to reach out, G-d will give us the means to fulfill our calling, way beyond expectation.

Good Shabbos!
Rabbi Mordechai Dixler

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