“And he (Pharaoh) said “Tomorrow”. And he (Moshe) said “Like your word! So that you will know that there is one like Hashem our God.”

In this week’s parsha, Moshe asks Pharaoh when he would like him to remove the plague of the frogs. The answer? “L’machar”, “tomorrow”. The Gemara relates that when R’ Yehoshua ben Levi asked Eliyahu Hanavi when he would arrive to bear the news of Moshiach’s imminent arrival, he answered “Hayom!”, today! “Im bikolo Tishma’u,” “If only they will listen to Hashem’s voice.”

When it becomes clear to a Jew that the time has come to finally put a stop to the plague of negativity, cynicism, shallowness, melancholy, and apathy wreaking havoc on one’s spiritual existence, he must have the courage to shout not “limachar”, Pharaoh’s cynical “tomorrow” but rather “Hayom!”, Eliyahu’s exuberant “today!” Every moment of life is the most precious gift, a blank canvas waiting to be filled with glorious colors and artistic formations. There is nothing holding us back but the “avodah kasha-kushia” (see Likutei Moharan Tinyana 46) of own self-doubt and lack of confidence in what we can accomplish and the greatness we can attain. Chazal teach that “Haba l’taheir, mesayin oso”, the moment we make the decision to begin the path toward true spiritual elevation, we gain the heavenly assistance necessary to pull through. The main thing is to remember that the words “I’ll start tomorrow” is a Pharaoh phrase, entirely antithetical to our holy tradition. The Jew’s vocabulary of growth contains only one word: “Hayom!”, “I will begin today.”

May we find the strength, hope, and self-confidence to spring toward a life of joy, faith, simplicity, and connection with Hashem “b’chipazon” (See Tzidkas Hatzaddik #1), with the alacrity and vibrancy unique to our holy nation.

Don’t wait for tomorrow. Start living your spiritual dreams today!

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R’ Yaakov Klein is the founder of the Lost Princess Initiative, an author, musician, and lecturer devoted to sharing the inner light of Torah through his books, music, and lectures.

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