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    One of the most
    famous passages in
    Rashi’s commentary to
    the Humash is found in
    the beginning of

    Parashat Hayeh-Sarah.
    The Torah tells us that Sarah Imenu
    lived 127 years, and then repeats,
    “these were the years of Sarah’s
    life.” Rashi explains that the Torah
    repeated this to teach us that “they
    were all equally good.” All of Sarah’s
    years were “equally good.”
    The explanation of Rashi’s comment
    is well-known. Sarah went through a
    lot of hardship during her life. She and
    Avraham moved from place to
    place. She could not bear children
    until she was very old. She dealt with
    famine. Twice she was abducted by
    kings. Nevertheless, all her years were
    “equally good.” She had so much
    strength, and so much faith in Hashem,
    that she handled everything calmly
    and with composure, and felt that

    everything in her life was good.
    However, in the very next pasuk,
    Rashi makes another comment, which
    seems to contradict this depiction of
    Rashi writes that Sarah died as a
    result of akedat Yitzhak. The Satan
    came and told Sarah that her husband
    bound her son on an altar and
    slaughtered him as a sacrifice. When
    Sarah heard this, she went into shock,
    and her soul departed.
    We must ask, if Sarah was so strong,
    and capable of handling even the most
    difficult situations, then why did she
    fall apart now, after hearing about the
    akedah? Why was she able to remain
    composed during every difficult test
    she went through during her life, but
    not this one?
    The answer might be that Sarah could
    not handle the news of her son being
    slaughtered because her son was not
    actually slaughtered. What killed

    Sarah was not the
    akedah itself, but
    h e r
    imagination. She
    thought Avraham
    killed Yitzhak,
    when in fact he
    did not. She could
    handle everything
    that happened to
    her, but not that which she mistakenly
    thought happened to her.
    This teaches us something very
    powerful. So often, what breaks us is
    not the reality, but our perception of
    the reality. The situation itself, even
    when it’s difficult and challenging,
    can be handled. We get into trouble
    when we overthink, when we start
    imagining things about the situation
    which get us anxious, angry,
    aggravated or distraught.
    When we face a challenging situation,
    we need to tell ourselves: “I got this!!”
    We have to believe in ourselves, we

    need to trust that we can pass tests,
    that we can deal with adversity, we
    can overcome challenges. The
    problems start when we begin
    imagining things and reaching
    conclusions about what’s going on,
    making the situation seem so much
    worse, so much more serious, and so
    much more difficult than it really is.
    As long as we are dealing with what’s
    really happening, instead of dealing
    with our misguided perception of
    what’s happening, we got this, because
    Hashem is always with us, and assures
    us that we can pass every test He sends
    our way.