There are two poignant ancient Jewish parables that have particular resonance in modern times.
The first is the story of a bird during the days of the creation of the world. This particular bird was created without wings and, when it looked around at other birds soaring in the heavens, it implored its Creator to allow it to fly. That night, while the bird was asleep, God affixed wings to its body. When the bird awoke and saw two new appendages to its body, it said to God, “God, I asked you to make me fly, not to make me heavier.” God replied, “Little bird, just flap them and you will see that you will fly. That which you perceive as a burden is exactly what will allow you to soar.” [Read more…]