They are making you fall down so that they can raise you up
Continuing the series of translations of Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s words from the You will succeed! book. Click HERE to buy the book in Hebrew.
The Pesicha Rebbe brought up the idea that whenever a person experiences a setback, it’s all the time just a ‘down’ that’s going to enable an ‘up’.
He’s already spoken lashon hara (evil speech), he’s already become materialistic – davka now, he can rise up from level to level.
When he’s learning and praying, he’ll develop more arrogance. I learnt well, I prayed well, I got up for chatzot, no-one else is as good as me, I’m the only one that matters.
This is only natural. It’s impossible to stop it.
So, what does Hashem do?
He trips a person up, makes him a metzora (leper), makes him fail in [the test of speaking] lashon hara, or makes him fail by thinking that he can’t get up for chatzot anymore, or do hitbodedut (personal prayer) any more.
He trips him up, and now he can start to rise up again, anew.
Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Pesicha says that when you start to rise up again, remember what you were before. When you are elevated, remember your lowliness.
Why do they make a person fall down?
Only in order that now, he can be lifted up for real.