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There is No Despair


In my experience, there are certain things that are more “losable” than others. Cell phones, sunglasses, metrocards and crucial papers are particularly slippery, and, considering that the average person misplaces up to nine items a day, we invest a lot of time looking for these lost objects. More things slide through our fingers than car keys though. We lose our trains of thought, words, chances, friends, and ourselves. Through interpolating the halachic concept of loss with a chassidic approach, we can understand what it means to lose our conscious awareness of our soul, and how to ultimately find it.

According to Torah, acquiring ownership has two aspects. The owner must engage in a physical act of transfer, as well as consent to the object becoming his. The Talmud