Passing Phrase -

Kol Hatchalot Kashot

Literally and idiomatically: Every beginning is difficult

I can really relate to this phrase. “Hatchalah,” the beginning (Shmot Rabba 1) comes from the infinitive “Lehatchil” or to begin. “Matchilim” for example means beginners. “Ani matchil lilmod nehigah” - I am beginning to learn to drive.” The phrase itself (Tosefot Taanit 10b) refers to a truism for most of us. Once we have started, it’s much easier, but to begin anything, whether a new job, project, or relationship, it ain’t easy. My wife had been after me to re-caulk the shower. Just the idea of getting into that cramped corner and bending over on my knees was enough for me to knowingly stall. I ended up buying some salted cashews and a good beer, promising myself that as soon as I finished, I’d sit in front of the TV and reward myself. It’s true, “Kol Hatchalot Kashot,” but the thought of the cold beer and munchies was enough to get me started.

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