The Midrash tells the story of an elderly man who was observed planting fig trees at the age of 100.
“Surely you don't expect to live to see the fruits of your labor?” questioned passersby.
“Have not my ancestors worked for me? Why then should I not work for the future generation in the same spirit of selflessness?” the man replied.
With so much going on in the world, we often feel powerless to make any real lasting change. How can our small actions make any significant difference? How can my good deeds help bring about the Redemption when our ancestors who were unarguably on a higher spiritual level and did many more mitzvahs did not see the Redemption happen during their lives?
But if we keep at it, even if we don't see immediate results, we are paving the way for the future, just as our ancestors did before us. Goodness lasts forever, and our deeds are accumulative. They all go into the same pile, building upon one another, higher and higher, until, together, we reach the ultimate crescendo.
on behalf of the Chabad.org Editorial Team
At 100 years of age, no one is planning for their future. Whatever they are doing creatively is for instant gratification, and for the eventual benefit of subsequent generations. Those generations have the responsibility of nurturing what has been started, if they wish to see it mature into a productive tree or productive human being.
Outside influences are always there. With a tree it could be devastating storms etc..With a human being it could be drugs, choice of friends etc.. The challenge is to recover from those occurrences, and to become functional.
It is human nature to nurture. But that has to stop when adulthood is reached in order to let our saplings and infants mature to healthy productive individuals.
Women are included in this process.
The analogy being imperfect is beyond my comprehension.
Monroe Twp, NJ, U
Petach Tikva, Israel
If we accept as fact that G-d is infinite with infinite powers, and that all his attributes are instilled within us, then just as G-d is always ready to do whatever he has to do, (outside of the realm of free choice), then we too will be ready for "the final crescendo" as described by you.
Hope that this makes sense, and answers your question.
Monroe Twp, NJ
This is what how I wanted to say it.
Just a question. If God's infinite goodness and potential never ends and it is in us Btsalmo ubdmuto, in His Lkeness and Image, could there ever be "the final crescendo" or perfectly designed moments for each of us, perfect challenges at higher and higher frequencies that we are ready for.
Arnie Aaron Gerstein
If you were to ask your question in simpler terminology, I would think about an appropriate response.
G-d's infinite goodness etc. is within us all, and therefore our capacity to do good is endless.
Once I understand your question better, I would gladly expand on that answer.
Monroe Twp, NJ
March . England