“And dust shall you eat all the days of your life (3:14)

Dust is readily available, so this seems to be more like a blessing than a curse. However, in truth a trouble-free existence is not the type of life Hashem intends for us.

Rav Sternbuch recalls a bochur who asked the Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Schneider, for a brocho before his wedding. Rav Schneider asked him what blessing he wanted, and the young man replied: “that everything should go smoothly in life”.  Rav Schneider responded that that was no brachah, and he blessed him instead that when he would be faced with difficulties, he would overcome them successfully.


Something attained effortlessly has little value, and it is only by surmounting difficulties that a person becomes elevated and realizes his potential.

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