The story of Chana and her seven sons.
It's a story that is so hard to understand.
How did a mother watch all her children, one after the next, get killed?
Was she proud that they stood up for what was right?
That they didn't give in?
Did she wish one of them would have succumbed?
Will we ever know?
I want to focus on a different part of this story for a minute.
When the last child, the youngest of all seven, stood before the king and was asked to bow down, he refused. Just like all his brothers.
The king had mercy on this little innocent child. He decided to give him a little opening, a chance to remain alive. He threw his ring to the ground and asked the child if he would pick up the ring. Although this would mean bowing down to the idol, since that wouldn't be the little boy's intention, it would be fine...right? He would just be bending down to pick up the ring of the king. Wouldn't that be okay?
His life would be spared. He would be able to continue living! Should he do it? Would he do it?
The child, this pure, little innocent child did not give in. He did not grab on to his last hope for life. He saw a loophole-an opportunity to do something just a teeny bit wrong but a little right at the same time. And he didn't give in.
How many times in life are we open to loopholes? How many times do we see a way out and we run?
Can we remain strong? Stick to our convictions? Stick to what's right and do it even when it's hard?
Just something to think about...and a powerful lesson to take from a little child who gave up his life so as not to do the wrong thing...even when there was such an easy way out.
Such rock-solid emunah he must have had to be able to withstand a split-second test.
I am jealous of his mother.
Not for what she had to go through...but for the chinuch she gave her children so they were able to withstand such an incredible test. Each and every one of them was able to overcome it.
May you be able to stay strong and do what is right...even when there's a way to escape...even when no one will know.
Because Hashem Above always knows. He sees the deepest parts of your heart...that no one else will know about. He understands your challenges and your struggles.
May you always be able to stick to doing what is right.