By Aharon Loschak

Once there was a millionaire who had a collection of live alligators, which he kept in a pool at the back of his mansion.

He decided to throw a huge party, during which he announced, “My dear guests, I have a proposition to everyone here. I will give one million dollars to whoever can swim across this pool full of alligators and emerge unharmed!”

As soon as he finished his last word, they all heard a large splash. A man was in the pool swimming as fast as he could! They cheered him on as he paddled at a furious pace. Astonishingly, he made it to the other side unscathed.

“That was incredible!” exclaimed the millionaire. “Fantastic! I didn’t think it could be done! Well, I must keep my end of the bargain. How would you like me to pay you?”

“Listen,” replied the swimmer, “I don’t want your money. I just want to get my hands on the nitwit who pushed me into that water!”

Sometimes all it takes is for someone or something to give us that push, and only then do we discover that we can actually hack it.
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Have a great Shabbos.

Rabbi Mendel Schusterman

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