Every man whose heart inspired him came... (Ex. 35:21)

Moshe called upon the people to assist in the construction of the mishkan, the tabernacle. The skills needed for this job included weaving, sewing and building. Despite this, the Jewish people seemed to have no problem in fulfilling their tasks. The backbreaking labor to which the people had been subjected in Egypt did not develop these skills. Where did they acquire the skills necessary?

Deep inside every person there are hidden talents which can be tapped into when one has a real desire to achieve something. The people who stepped forward to work in the mishkan did not know that they had such skills. However, as a result of their burning desire to be of assistance, they found untapped talents and hidden abilities that were used to fulfill their tasks.(1)

Rashi's daughter came home one night crying. Her 7-year-old son asked her, "Mommy, why are you crying?" She replied, "The light of the world just went out; your grandfather Rashi passed away."

The little boy thought for a moment and said, "Mommy, I'm going to re-ignite that light!" This little boy grew up to become known as Rabbeinu Tam, the most famous of the Tosafists!

Sometime a person may feel that he is inadequate, thinking, "I am just not cut out for this," or "I don't have the brains..." He may well be lacking something else - the desire to succeed. If someone has a strong will to accomplish something, he will achieve it. We have the ability to break beyond our limits and achieve the seemingly impossible - if there is a will.

NOTE

1. Ramban.