Ups & Downs by Michael Winner/12/21/2023 "I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up" (Bereishis 46:4).The Kedushas Levi notes that the word "bring you up" is doubled when written in the Torah, being it's written twice in Hebrew. He explains the reasoning as follows:When a student is not so bright, his teacher needs to condense his teachings in a way the student will grasp the material. When the student is bright however, the teacher has no need to.When Yaakov was living in Eretz Yisroel, he had the ability to grasp things easily. His service to Hashem was clear. However, he was afraid that by living in Egypt, with all the surrounding impurities, his ability to serve Hashem will dimmish greatly. In response to this, Hashem promises him that He will "go down" with Yaakov. Being that Hashem will "condense" his teachings, so Yaakov will be able to understand. When Yaakov (technically, his children) will eventually return to Eretz Yisroel, both he and Hashem (hence the double language) will return to the higher level of service. Yaakov will be on a higher level to understand, and Hashem will also "teach" on a higher level for Yaakov to understand.From here, I believe, we learn an important lesson that can be applied to our everyday lives.There are times, where life gets hectic. It could be for good things, children being born, weddings to plan, etc. and it could be for not-so-good things. Either way, life is constantly throwing curveballs at us. And when such curveballs are thrown, it's very easy to get depressed about one's spiritual life because as you are dealing with the curveball, you have no time to focus on the spiritual.For example, let's take some guy working an eight-hour day, and going to learn gemara every night for two hours. Life is good. Then something happens. I don't know … something big happens at work where he needs to spend a bit more time, and his daughter gets engaged. Now he's dealing with two big things, which take his time away. Now, for a month's time, he simply cannot make it to go learn. It gets easy to get depressed about this. He's so busy with "this world," he cannot put his focus on "that world."So, it's good to be prepared. In cases like this, he needs to understand that gemara is perhaps out of the question for now. He doesn't have the time or the headspace. However, mishnayos are smaller and easier "to digest" during such turbulent times. Perhaps putting focus there during smaller bits of time that he has free, is a good plan to execute.I did that this summer, when all the kids were home for three weeks (and we don't have camps here). I knew that between them and work, there is no way to keep a normal learning schedule. So, I understand that gemara and halacha wer off the table temporarily, and I kept a small mishnayos in one pocket and a small chumash in the other. So, when I had time here and there, like on the bus, I had a schedule to keep.It's important to remember that it's Hashem throwing the curveballs at us, and it's up to us to change our stance accordingly. If He is putting us in a situation where it's impossible to maintain our normal spiritual life, then we adapt to it and focus on maintaining our non-normal spiritual life.With that, I wish you all a wonderful and quiet Shabbos!