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"I don't know if I could take this much longer." Ephraim complained, "It seems like every time I try to attend class I have a conflicting appointment at work. If I plan to learn in the morning before I leave the synagogue, a buyer calls up and requests an early-morning appointment. If I plan to get home early and attend an evening class, someone will call up and request a late day or evening meeting and I'm forced to cancel my class."
"You probably never considered why Hashem gave the Torah to his people on a mountain", Zevulun replied.
"I certainly did", Ephraim objected, "Hashem chose Mount Sinai, because it was a low mountain to teach us that in order to learn his holy book, one must first acquire the trait of humility."
"If that is the only reason", his friend answered softly, "then he should have given it in a plain or even a valley. Hashem wanted to teach that growth in spirituality is not a smooth road. One has to expect difficulties; there will always be mountains in the way."

The modern world we live in is one of convenience. We yearn for things to be instant and simple. We have easy open cans, cruise control driving, and wireless voice controlled dialing. Marketing specialists always raise the simplicity and ease-of-use of their client’s product. They know all too well that everyone wants things to be simple. People who trained for sports will tell you that pushing beyond the limits of one's capabilities is what moves the bar further up and makes what was once difficult easier to achieve in the future. That is the way, Hashem has planned our spiritual growth as well. A person must expect difficulties and must overcome them. There are no smooth roads and no easy rides in the path to success. Be prepared for difficulty, and you'll be more suited to overcome them.

CONSIDER THIS FOR A MINUTE
During the course of a day most people conduct themselves without much thought or evaluation of what they are doing…however, at the time one is praying a person should at least feel that he is standing before Hashem and speaking to Him.
[miPikudecha Etbonan, p. 111]
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