Torah Portion: Tetzevah
February 16, 2019 | 11/Adar Alef/5779
Learning Torah and doing mitzvos is not a matter of perfunctory performance of religious rituals; rather it is a matter of engaging in a real and true relationship with the Almighty. There is a verse in Shir Ha’Shirim (3:11) that says, “Go out and see, oh daughters of Tziyon, the king Shlomo (in this context, a reference to Hashem) [adorned] in the crown with which His mother crowned Him on the day of His wedding and on the day of the gladness of His heart.” The Gemara in Maseches Taanis (26b) explains that “the day of his wedding” is referring to the day that Hashem gave us the Torah at Har Sinai. So, we see that the entering into the covenant of Torah between Hashem and the Jewish People was like the relationship that is formed between husband and wife through the bonds of marriage.
Rabbi Yehoshua suggested that she pour some of her most precious wine into gold containers. She did this, and a few days later discovered (to her horror) that the wine had spoiled.
For example, if a girl grows up constantly hearing compliments about her beautiful facial features, will she perhaps be a bit less motivated to develop other, inner aspects of her personality?
“What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth” — Jewish Proverb
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