Erev Shabbos Kodesh Behar-Bechukosai Inspiration 5775

In this week’s parasha we learn about the precept that the Jewish People are servants of HaShem and not servants to servants. Essentially, the charge at Sinai was that we should become servants of HaShem, as it is said (Shemos 3:12) בְּהוֹצִיאֲךָ אֶת הָעָם מִמִּצְרַיִם תַּעַבְדוּן אֶת הָאֱלֹהִים עַל הָהָר הַזֶּה, when you take the people out of Egypt, you will serve G-d on this mountain. Yet, perhaps we can strive higher.

In the Rosh HaShanah prayers we beseech HaShem אם כבנים, אם כעבדים. אם כבנים, רחמנו כרחם אב על בנים. ואם כעבדים,עינינו לך תלויות, עד שתחננו ותוציא לאור משפטנו, איום, קדוש, whether as children [of G-d] or as servants. If as children, be merciful with us as the mercy of a father for children. If as servants, our eyes [look toward and] depend upon You, until You be gracious to us and release our verdict [clear and pure] as light, O Awesome and Holy One. The Sfas Emes interprets this supplication to mean that if we are like servants, then our eyes are turned towards Him, until He favors us like sons.

We can suggest that although at Sinai we became servants of HaShem, we should not suffice with that level of service. A servant knows who His master is and serves Him accordingly. A son does everything he can to please his father.

At the end of Behar we are reminded that we are HaShem’s servants. In the beginning of Bechukosai HaShem enjoins us to toil in Torah. For one to truly experience the meaning of toiling in Torah, one has to feel like a son to his father. When one feels HaShem’s love and endearment, he will use every minute to toil in Torah or support those who study Torah.

Have a Shabbos filled with love and endearment for HaShem and His Torah.

Good Shabbos and Good Chodesh!

Rabbi Adler

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