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2012-03-29

What Does G-d Really Think Of Me?

When He thinks of me, what does He think of?

Questions we usually bump into at one point or another.

Yes, sometimes we really would like to know. If I got a glimpse of this, I might feel safer in this world.

The Beis Ya'akov of Ishbitz lets us know that G-d looks into how much heart and soul we put into each action. In other words, if you want to know what you look like up in the heavens, all you have to do is ask yourself the following. How much of your ‘kishkes’ were present when you put on tefillin, lit the Shabbos candles or uttered a simple prayer? With how much of your heart and soul do you listen to someone's pain or share their happiness with them?

Welcome to the world of the first Jew, Avraham Avinu.

The Beis Ya'akov explains that for Avraham Avinu, there was no difference between the first test- leaving his birthplace, to the last one- taking his son up to the altar. One Hundred Percent of Avraham Avinu showed up to any opportunity that was given to him when serving G-d.

When being commanded to offer his son Yitzchak as a sacrifice, Hashem uses the words 'Veha'alehu Sham Le'olah,' elevate him up (on the altar) as an OLAH (sacrifice). What is so special about the Olah offering?

In our Parsha, we learn that the entire sacrifice of the Olah was burnt on the altar, nothing of it was left behind. This is the test of all tests. Is every fiber of our being present in the moment of holiness?

You never know, saying the blessing over bread might be as powerful as donating a million dollars to charity…

Good Shabbos

Shlomo Katz 


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