When you are stuck in a rut, it is hard to believe that you will ever get out. It is hard to see past the fog of the present and to believe in the promise of the future. Yet it is precisely that belief that can lift you out faster.

On Passover, women are obligated to drink four cups of wine, just like men are (even though it is a time-bound commandment, which women are generally not obligated in), since they too were redeemed from Egypt. The sages teach that not only were the women part of the miracle, but that they were actually the cause of the miracle, as our sages say: “In the merit of the righteous women our fathers were redeemed from Egypt.”

What was the catalyst for the miracle of redemption? The belief that the Jewish women had that they would indeed be freed.

Thoughtstream: Today, I will strengthen my belief that God can do miracles—both for me personally and for the Jewish people as a whole.

(Adapted from Torat Menachem 5743, vol. III, pg. 1479.)