Have you ever aspired to run a marathon? Every year, thousands of people participate in dozens of marathons to raise money for charity, or to test their endurance. Only a select few will finish in the top spots at the end of the track. What motivates people to run when they know they will, most likely, finish at the back of the pack?
Rabbi Yitzchak Shochet, Rabbi of London’s Mill Hill Synagogue explains this phenomena as it relates to the marathon of Jewish life. Winning doesn’t necessarily mean finishing first. Often it just means finishing, and staying the course.