What was so special about Noach that his parents said “zeh yenachameinu mimaaseiu”, what did they see that no one else did?
When Noach was born, his parents looked at him and said, zeh yenachameinu mimaaseiu, this one is going to relieve us from our work. Why’d they say that? They looked at him and said, “he looks just like his mother, and I bet he’s going to relieve us of all our work.” Where’d they see that?
Rav Yehuda Hachasid explains that what they saw was what everybody else saw. This child was born with a handicap. While everyone else so far was born with our hands connected together, like a web, Noach was born with fingers that were separated. And while everyone else was astonished at his handicap, his parents said, “wow, look at what he can achieve with those fingers. I’m sure he’ll revolutionize the way we work.” And sure enough, Noach invented the plow out of necessity because he couldn’t plow with his hands. And that was used for generations to come.
So often we think we have a handicap and we say, “if only we didn’t have that shortcoming, if only I had a little more of something else, then maybe I’d have the success that I really should have.” And we have to realize that what’s in our hands and the tools that we are given are exactly what we need to achieve success.
And not only that but so often that shortcoming or that handicap that we perceive we have, is precisely what we need in order to be the best version of ourselves possible.
So don’t think about those shortcomings, look at those shortcomings and look at what you can achieve because of the tools that you were given.
Wishing you all a fantastic Shabbos.
Avraham Kohn produces marketing videos for companies and organizations, helping them make money.