The boys played with the compass and tried to get the arrow to point in a direction other than north. Each took a turn holding it in different parts of the room and in various positions, but the needle persisted in turning back to “N” on the compass face. Then one of the boys came close to an appliance that worked with a motor and the needle started spinning out of control. Even when he moved away a little distance, the needle didn’t return to north but instead pointed in another direction. Unable to understand the change, the boys approached Grandpa, who usually was able to explain anything the boys couldn’t comprehend.
“Hmm,” Grandpa said, studying the compass, “to understand why the compass went out of control, you’ll have to know how the device ‘knows’ which direction is north. Hashem created the planet Earth with magnetic fields — invisible forces that draw metallic objects towards them. The strongest field is at the North Pole and therefore, when the compass is clear from interference, it’ll always point in the direction of the strongest magnetic field. The reason why it started spinning is that the motor of the appliance created interference and ‘confused’ your compass.”
“Wow, Grandpa,” the boys exclaimed, “you’re so smart! You know everything.”
The Jewish neshamah is a pure soul that is naturally drawn towards Hashem’s truth and His Torah. However, if there’s “interference” in the field between Hashem and the Jew, the neshamah will lose sight of the direction which leads to truth and happiness. The interference may be the wrong group of friends. The blockage may be caused by reading material or entertainment venues. The world is full of “static” that can interfere with one’s moral compass. Move away from the bad influence and you’ll be back on the right track “automatically.”
One More Second: Another Thought for the Day
When a person feels discouraged and gives up hope, it is because he feels that there is no way in which his situation can improve. But in spiritual matters and character growth, a person always has the ability to change and grow; hence discouragement is always out of place. (Torat Yitzchak, p. 8)