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Parshat Eikev - Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:12 - 11:25

“This shall be your reward…”

by Shmuel ben Shlomi

In the opening phrases of this week’s parsha Moshe informs the Israelites that there is reward for observing HaShem’s ordinances. The reward for obeying the commandments is meant as encouragement for the people.

Just as a parent will always love, cherish, watch over and protect their children regardless of their following the directions and rules they have set for them within their household, so too HaShem remains faithful and loving to His people, His children of Israel, even in disobedience — however, if a child follows the rules set by the parent their road to a brighter and generally more fulfilled life is something awaiting that child.

Disregarding that direction will most often lead to a life of hardship, want and a sense of aloneness, at least until that child RETURNS to the teachings of their parent - usually once they are adults out in the world [SEE: Proverbs (Mishle) 22:6]. So, too in our relationship with HaShem, our Eternal Heavenly Father; following His statues, his ordinances — while bringing Him the joy of seeing His children prosper and their lives being enriched, also blesses them as well.

We have no need to obey any of HaShem’s statues. But, we do have a need for manifested love, safekeeping, prosperity, and having all our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs provided for. This is one of the main reasons we were created by HaShem. He needs to provide for us and we in turn need His provision to its utmost capacity which is fully realized in the obedience to His Torah. It benefits Him, us and the world we inhabit.

I cannot think of a better partnership between Creator and created; between a Father and His children.

Until next time. Shabbat Shalom!

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