September 13, 2019 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm #1786481
Ki Seitzei: Work Right
We know that Hashem is said to abide by the laws of the Torah. If so, asks the Chida, how can Hashem not give us reward for the mitzvos in this world? In this week’s parsha we are commanded to pay workers at the end of each day!
He explains that there is an exception to this rule. An אומן who accepts an item to be worked on is קונה בשבח כלי. For example, a silversmith who improves someone’s precious items is not considered merely to be working for his employer. He is creating an item of value, and this added value currently belongs to the worker. Only when the אומן gives back the finished product is he paid for it.
So too, we should not just be doing mitzvos as a job that we are required to do. Rather, we should be doing them in order to improve ourselves, by learning and internalizing the lesson of each and every mitzva. When we do this, we actually improve the neshama that we have been entrusted with. Therefore, Hashem will only give us our reward when we return the finished product to Him.
לעילוי נשמת ר׳ חיים דוב בן ר׳ בןציון שלוםSeptember 15, 2019 9:23 am at 9:23 am #1786704
Mitzvos given through Moishe Rabbenu, a shaluach, there is no baal tolin, but for emunah (אנכי) given directly through Hashem baal tolin applies, so the rewards for it are given this world as explained by the Sefer Peninim Yikorim in the begining of Parshas R’eh.September 20, 2019 7:55 am at 7:55 am #1788330
Ki Savo: Don’t Deny It
When one brings his ביכורים to the Beis HaMikdosh, one is required to recite a long list of all the good that Hashem has done for us as a nation. Rashi explains that this is so we shouldn’t be כפוי טובה, deniers of the good that Hashem has given us. But why does Rashi say this as a double negative, don’t deny, instead of just saying the simpler phrase הכרת הטוב, recognize the good?
Many suggest that in truth, we can never fully acknowledge everything Hashem has done for us. Literally everything we have is a gift from Hashem: we could never make a list of His gifts that is close to complete. All we can do is not deny how much Hashem has given us.
As we approach Rosh Hashanah, we should be careful not to think only of the all the things that we’d like to ask of Hashem. We must also recognize, or at least not deny, how much Hashem has given to us, and how much we really owe Him.
לעילוי נשמת ר׳ חיים דוב בן בןציון שלוםSeptember 20, 2019 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm #1788396
Zugger613, we say in Nishmas אין אנו מספיקים להודות לך we are unable to praise You for the millions of goods that You have bestowed on me.September 20, 2019 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm #1788411
To explain why we cannot thank Hashem for all the good He does for us, the Dubner Magid in Parshas Pinchos gives a nice mashal. בדין הוא שיטול שכרו he deserves his just rewards. There was a wholesaler who took in a young man to help him out. They agreed that he gets no salary but room and board. Once they were in the middle of their Purim sudah when a retail person arrived wanting to be served. The wholesaler told him to come tomorrow because he is the middle of the sudah. The young man volunteered to serve him. and they made nice profit from it. When it came to pay others, he asked him what do I owe you? The young man told him, didn’t we agree that I only get room and board? He tells him I thought that room and board meant something to you, but here you sacrificed it for my needs, so I have to pay you something worthy to you.
The fact that we are living a healthy life is a constant reward from Hashem, but by Pinchos sacrificing his life for the sake of Hashem he showed that Hashem was more important than his life and therefore he deserves his just rewards.
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