Torah Thought
Parashat Re'eh

September 2, 2016

Devarim 13:18. And nothing that is doomed to destruction shall cling to your hand, so that the Lord may return from His fierce wrath, and grant you compassion, and be compassionate with you, and multiply you, as He swore to your forefathers. 

Some time ago we were having dinner at a charitable event . At our table were people we had just met. They were aware that I was a rabbi and among them a man turned the talk to that he did not believe God acted in the world. I held my hands up chest high and open in front of me and asked him to do the same. He did. I said, "this is what God's hands look like." Whether he believed in God's hands mattered but it matters more that he believe in his own hands. 

With our hands we can be builders, bringing blessing or we can be destroyers,dissolvers; and the difference comes from if we put our hands to things that suit who we are or don’t suit us. The blessing or the dissolution derive from actions we take based on if we do or do not understand who we are and what we should be doing.

We want to be in the right line of work for us and doing that work in the right way. We want to be relating to the right people for us and to be relating with them in the right way. 

Our hands matter. They are images of our Creator’s hands. When we allow our hands to do what is ours to do, then all blessings flow. 

Jonathan Yosef Magidovitch

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