"It is appropriate for a Jewish person to fulfill his desire and commitment in regard of holy things and turn potential into actual." (Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Likutey Moharan I, 66)
Comment: G-d loves us so much He gave us a large number of commandments to follow, which are all opportunities for us to show our love for Him. However, in some cases, doing a specific commandment is difficult (lack of time, money ...)
When we really want to make a mitzvah (commandment), but certain conditions prevent us to do it, halakha (Jewish law) is clear: we are nevertheless considered as having met our obligations. In fact, when something is out of our reach, we can not be blamed for not having done it.
However, knowing that our obligations are considered fulfilled shouldn't satisfy us completely. The most important would still have been to do the mitzvah itself. This can be compared to a father who is thirsty and asks his son to bring him a glass of water. When he opens the tap and sees that there is no water in the house, the son has fulfilled his obligations. What else can he do? Nevertheless, the son is not satisfied: he would have loved so much to be the one who would have brought the glass of water to his father!
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