DId you ever play the game of “Life?” It was one of my favorites as a child. Not sure why I liked it so much. It was a road map of what life would be like. Each player is given a car in the beginning of the game and basically goes on the journey of life. Start off with a job by spinning a number and landing on whatever number the wheel takes you too. Then you are off to get married and add a spouse to your car, followed by kids and so on. Throughout the journey, you receive bonuses at work, have additional children, pay fines, move, take iill, etc. Sound familiar?
Purim is just a few short days away. It is one of the Holiest days, if not THE Holiest day of our year. This holiness is achieved thru Simcha, happiness.
From the moment we are born, we are lead on the journey of life. In the beginning we are a passenger in the back seat. Then we grow up a little and graduate to the front passenger seat., until finally we are old enough to get behind the wheel and drive ourselves.
There are many, many roads, some traveled more than others. There are smooth roads, roads with pot holes, unpaved roads, and then there is, the “Golden Road.”
There is the road that leads you to the right Yeshiva or Seminary. The road that leads you to your Zivug (soul mate) in life. The road of Parnasa (livelihood). The road to parenthood. The road to good health.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could download an app on our phone or enter in Google maps the roads I listed above and follow the directions given. There wouldn’t be such a struggle anymore. We wouldn’t be driving around for hours lost. We would not only be given the destination, but an exact time (with traffic) of the time we would arrive. That map actually does exist, it is called “Torah,” but it requires a labor of commitment to learn and study the directions.
I have always been a competitive sports player. I like to win the game! However, over the years, I have learned that it’s not s about winning the game, but, how to enjoy playing the game, especially, with the players around you.
The same is true in real life. We cannot live it alone. We all need each other to survive, to unite and to help each other travel on this journey we call “life.”
Let us try and relive the days of Mordechai and Esther this Purim, by uniting with one another in prayer, peace and happiness. Let us work together to help one another get thru some of the most difficult roads and let us rejoice with one another in the happiest of times.
Ari, the kids and I, are so grateful thus far, for all the love and support we have received from all over the world, from close ones and from strangers. This Purim we will be celebrating the Simcha (happiness) you have all brought into our lives during THE most treacherous journey of what we call the “game” of LIFE.