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How Many Chances Would You Give?

Your friend borrowed and smashed your car. Would you lend it to him again?

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Visitor Comments: 25

(19) Rav Gav, May 22, 2017 9:26 PM

For the sake of clarity

Although I think I have seen some messages here that have explained quite clearly what the message of the video was, I just want to quickly reiterate. I am not suggesting that anyone here lend their car again, nor am I suggesting that you ever lend your car! It's an analogy. The point is, look at what Hashem does for us. We need to open our eyes and realize that Hashem loves us so much, he's willing to give, and give and give. Even though we at times go against Him, He continues to give. Think about it like this, if you were G-d, would you give you another chance? I see from many of the messages here, that we probably wouldn't! Yet, look at the patience Hashem has for us! That should be inspiring, and motivate us to live up to who Hashem knows we can be. Hope this was somewhat helpful. I appreciate all comments though, keep them coming! Have a wonderful shavuos!

Anonymous, June 25, 2017 1:20 PM

To Rav Gav

I think Hashem has more patience and understanding about my mistakes than I have! I was raised in a very secular Jewish home, and have slowly been climbing the ladder of religious observance for the last decade and a half. In June 2016 I began reciting Modeh Ani each morning from my beautifully transliterated Artscroll Hebrew Siddur. (I also started learning Hebrew 3 years ago.) If HE can cut me some slack, then maybe I should do the same for myself. Thank you for sharing this video.

(18) Barbara, May 19, 2017 7:43 PM

This is great

First, always good to see you. Second, this is a keeper and one to pass to others. Hashem gives us many chances, we just need to keep reaching.

(17) Sharon, May 17, 2017 8:59 AM

not the best analogy

There's no logic to a friend repeatedly lending a car to someone who takes no responsibility. If we were talking about a father-son relationship we'd better understand the father's unconditional love, but even there, he'd want the son to take responsibility.
And, yes G-d gives us our life each day, but unfortunately, not everyone sees it as a gift. Also there are plenty of evil people who G-d knows will not turn their ways. G-d allows them to live for some reason, but not necessarily because he expects them to do good in the world.
I'd say thanking G-d for returning our soul each day is designed to remind us of our potential to do good and to see life as a gift.

(16) Gail Stern, May 16, 2017 9:08 PM

Always enjoy your videos and their meanings!!!

Met you in Israel this past March. You taught us a class at Aish Hatorah!!! Love listening to you!!!

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