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Spiritual Lessons from Tunnel Diggers

Spiritual Lessons from Tunnel Diggers

Photo Credit: Wissam Nassar/Flash90

We can learn a lot from these Palestinian men, who are re-digging this smuggling tunnel, after the Egyptian army had brought in bulldozers that caved them all under.

One of the primary lessons of the founder of Chassidism, the Baal Shem Tov was to learn a lesson from everything you encounter in life. Here’s what he said we should learn from a thief:

He works quietly.

He is ready to put himself in danger to get what he wants.

He works fast.

If he is stopped once, he comes back the next night.

He is ready to drop all his gains and run off at an instant.

I have no doubt the Baal Shem Tov would have learned many spiritual lessons from these Arab tunnel diggers.

They work hard.

They take enormous risks.

They’re prepared to watch their work be ruined by an impervious force and then go right back and start it all over again.
(Source to some of the above: Rabbi Shishler’s blog)

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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  1. LoL … Excellent – EXCELLENT! The hallmark of a true Optimist: every cloud has a silver lining – therefore, never give up!

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