We have a direct connection to Hashem, and we need to remember not to put our hopes in the middleman when we can go directly to the boss!
With the advent of Uber and Airbnb to the world, we’ve been introduced to a new concept of cutting out the middleman. If somebody needs a ride and I got a car, come, let’s go. We don’t need to involve a taxi company. Or if you need a place to crash and I’ve got a place for you to stay, let’s go, there’s no need to involve a hotel. This concept of cutting out the middleman became something that people are very drawn to. And Rav Pam points out that a similar idea was introduced to us a long time before this.
When Rochel was dying for a child, literally, she said, “im ayin meisa anochi,” if I don’t have a child it’s as if I’m dead, and she begged Yaakov to pray for her. And Yaakov said, don’t beg me, talk to the Boss and daven to Hashem.
And the Ramban points out that at that point Rochel changed her direction. Instead of relying on Yaakov, the middleman, she went straight to Hashem and she davened and pleaded for children. And before Yosef is born, the pasuk says “vayishma eileha Kim Elokim,” that Hashem listened to her direct prayers, that she was relying directly on Hashem, and in that merit, she ultimately had children.
So often we rely on that middleman. It could be a doctor, a friend, an employer, a politician. We put our hopes in them and we think that they’re going to be our salvation. They’re going to be the ones to help us. And we have to always keep in mind that we have access directly to the source, cut out the middleman, go straight to Hashem, and you don’t need to jump into an Uber in order to get there. Sit down, open a Tehilim and you have direct access to the source that can give you all the help you need and all the salvation you’re waiting for. It’s so easy, so accessible and so important.
Have an awesome Shabbos.
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