I hope that everyone is having a good week. Its been a bit of a long week, but Baruch Hashem we are all doing great. I just wanted to share a quick teaching on this weeks Parsha.
The Torah says " You shall worship Hashem, your G-d, and he shall bless your bread and your water, and I shall remove illness from your midst." (23:25). There are many lessons that Chazal learn out from this passuk ,but I would like to focus on an idea i saw from Rav Zalamn Sorotzkin. Explains Rav Sorotzkin that with these few and simple words of " And he shall bless your bread and your water" the Torah is teaching us a tremendous and fundamental life lesson.
Hashem was telling Binai Yisroel, that at that point in time they had received everything they needed directly from Him. Their food came from Heaven, their water from a rock that traveled along side them on their journey, and alll of their physical needs were being provided to them by Hashem. However that was all about to change. When the jewish people were to enter into Eretz Yisroel there would be a transformation. Says the pasuk you will start to eat "your bread" and "drink your water", out of dough that you bake and wells that you dig. When that happens its all to easy to lose focus on who is really providing for us. When we view our gains, possessions and accomplishments as "ours", and not as gifts from Hashem then we have strayed from the truth. The Torah is reminding us that there is nothing more in the world that Hashem wants to do, then give us blessings. And he will bless us, however we cant forget where the blessing is coming from. Hashem is saying to Binai Yisroel, that even when you enter into Eretz Yisroel and the physical reality changes so that now your bread, becomes "your bread" , bread that you worked for, I will continue to bless you. But you must always remember where your bread really comes from. You must always remember that I am the ultimate and only provider.
Sometimes I find that we lose the proper perspective. Unfortunately, we view our accomplishments as "our accomplishments" and fail to recognize the true source of our success. I am not in any way saying, that we should not be proud of the goals we achieve, and not strive to reach greater heights. What I am suggesting, is that when we reach our goals, and achieve what it is that we have set out to do, we must recognize that all our successes comes from Hashem. This recognition of Its all From Hashem (ayin Emunah Magnets) will not only provide us with Blessing from Hashem, but it will allow us to reach heights and achieve goals we never dreamed possible.
Dear Friends this is something we can all do, in our own way. It can be done by thanking Hashem for something big or something small. It can be stopping for one minute during our busy work day and recognizing that Hashem is our provider and everything that happens to me is because of Him. Or at the end of the day, we can just close our eyes in a quiet room, open up our hearts and say "Hashem Thank You". Thank you for everything, because i know it all comes from you.
Wishing everyone a GUT SHABBOS AND AND GUT PURIM
With much love