Go Out and Learn
By Moshe Katz
Israeli Krav International

April 12, 2015, Israel

Recently we read once again the Passover/Pesach Hagada, the "Telling".

These days most people like "new and exciting". The old is for the past. But we believe that the old contains the new. By properly studying the old we understand our current situation much better.

The Hagada tells us צא ולמד

Which means "Go out and learn".

So here again we read the same exact words that Jews have read every Pesach for the past 2,000 years (at least) and yet we find new meaning that is relevant to our daily lives.

Go OUT and learn. I put the emphasis on the word out. I have read these words every year since I was old enough to read but suddenly this year I "felt" a new meaning.

Go OUT; if you want to learn something new, if you truly want to change your life, you have to go out.

To use a modern English phrase and concept, you need to get out of your comfort zone.

Lets face it. As adults, even as teenagers, we have a comfort zone. We are comfortable but not always happy. We are not retired, we still have plenty of life left in us. We are not content with what we have; we want more.

My dear friend Hal is over 70 years young, going strong. He has more questions about Krav Maga than most of the younger instructors. Why? He wants to know more, he wants to understand more, he wants to progress more for himself and for his students. He is always reaching out of his comfort zone.

We put down our glass of wine, we uncover the matzoth (the unleavened hard bread) and recited Go out and learn, what did Lavan the Aramean try to do to Jacob our father?

The old story is repeated once again, just as it was in Israel over 2,000 years ago, in Babylon, in Persia, in Yemen and in the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, Go out and learn, what did they intend to do to us?

You want a change? you want different results? Go OUT.

The Jewish genius Albert Einstein (1879-1955, Germany-USA) said, "the definition of insanity is doing the same over and over again and expecting different result".

If we want different results we must take different actions. We must go out and learn new things.

So we get robbed, we get attacked, we get violated. So we are upset, we make vows, "I will fortify my home. I will learn Krav Maga" but then our anger subsides and we go back to "business as usual".

Why? because human nature it to slide back to the familiar. There is a reason it is called the comfort zone, because it is so familiar and comfortable. But if you want a change, you must be the one to change, act different, try something new. Put your fears aside and dare to be different.

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