Everyone wants to receive a 100 on a test. A 98? Also works, no? This week’s parasha has a few themes of 100 and 98. It is said (Devarim 10:!2) וְעַתָּה יִשְׂרָאֵל מָה יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ שֹׁאֵל מֵעִמָּךְ, and now, Israel, what does HaShem ask of you, only to fear. The Baal HaTurim writes as follows: מה בא”ת ב”ש י”ץ ששואל ממך ק’ ברכות בכל יום ויום ויש בפסוק ק’ אותיות (ע’ מנחות מג) וכן ממך עולה ק’., the word מה in א”ת ב”ש is י”ץ, which equals 100, as HaShem request of you 100 blessings every day. The verse contains 100 letters and the word ממך (In Micha 6:8) equals 100.
It is noteworthy that it is said earlier (Ibid 7:15) וְהֵסִיר יְהוָה מִמְּךָ כָּל חֹלִי , and HaShem will remove from you all sickness. We can interpret this verse as follows: HaShem will remove כָּל חֹלִי, which equals 98, if you “מִמְּךָ,” recite 100 daily blessings. The 98 alludes to the 98 curses in the Tochacha, the rebuke in Parshas Ki Savo. How do we avoid punishments and curses? When we recite 100 daily blessings and find a way to praise HaShem even in the bad times, then we can be guaranteed to earn a 100 on the test.
Have a 100% delightful Shabbos!