Take the road less traveled!

Why didn’t the Jews take the straight path from Egypt to Israel?

In this week’s Torah portion (Beshalach) God takes the Jews out of Egypt in a roundabout way. This was to avoid an immediate war which may have led the Jews to regret leaving Egypt.

 

Sometimes, the shortest distance between two points is not a straight line

This is a valuable lesson for all of us. We often encounter situations that seem too daunting for us to handle. This leads us to procrastinate or give up altogether. Other times, we jump into a situation too fast without contemplating the possible obstacles we may face and end up causing more trouble than good.

 

Less traveled road

The solution

Break your responsibilities into smaller, more manageable tasks. This will allow you to build up confidence with each step and more easily handle the harder portions while completing the entire project stress-free. Before beginning, it is worthwhile to imagine what could go wrong. This way you could brainstorm and troubleshoot with less pressure than if the obstacle occurred in the heat of the moment.

 

Ariel Mintz, MD

Founder and President at Refuat Hanefesh
Dr. Ariel Mintz grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After spending two years learning in Israel, at Derech Eitz Chaim and Shaalivim, he earned his BA in Psychology at Yeshiva Univesity in New York. He went on to obtain his MD at Oakland University William Beaumont School of medicine. He is currently a licensed physician working to complete his training in General Psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. After that, he hopes to subspecialize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has a supportive and talented wife and two wonderful children. He is very passionate about destigmatizing mental illness in the Jewish community and bringing comfort to those who are suffering. Ariel can be reached at [email protected].

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