Pearls of Rashi: Parshas Behar-Bechukosai II

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This week’s Torah portion, Bechukosai, begins by telling us that we must[1] “follow Hashem’s statutes, observe His commandments and perform them….” Rashi tells us that “following His statutes refers to toiling in Torah study.” In other words, we must both toil in Torah study and fulfill all of the Mitzvos.

The Torah goes on to say that as a reward for this, Hashem[2] “will give your rains in their time, the Land will yield its produce, and the tree of the field will give forth its fruit….”

In other words, Hashem promises us physical rewards; He will provide us with rain, produce, fruit, and all of our physical needs. Some commentators ask about this; why should spiritual work, toiling in Torah study and being stringent in Mitzvah observance, be repaid with physical benefits? We know that Hashem always pays “measure for measure.”

We can explain this as follows. Regarding Torah, we say that[3] “it is our life and the length of our days.” This does not only mean that Torah adds an extra facet to the life of a Jew. It is not merely a part, albeit a significant factor, of the Jew’s life. Instead, Torah is the very essence of his life.

This fact is not only expressed in the spiritual life of a Jew; instead, it influences all of the physical and bodily aspects of a Jew’s life.

From this, it is clear that we cannot say that the only reward for Torah study is attaining high spiritual levels and achieving incredible levels of comprehending Hashem. This would not demonstrate the fact that Torah study encompasses every aspect of a Jew’s life. The reward is a natural result of the action one performed. If the only reward was spiritual, it would mean that Torah is only a part of his spiritual life. The fact that the reward is physical, “I will give the rain of your land at its time …,[4]” demonstrates that Torah permeates every aspect of our life.

Through each of us seeing to it that Torah and Mitzvos permeate our entire life, may we merit the coming of Moshiach now.

I wish one and all a Good Shabbos! May we all receive the Torah with joy and internalize it within ourselves!

Rabbi Shmuel Mendelsohn

Adapted from Likkutei Sichos Volume 17, Page 313

מוקדש לזכות כ”ק אדמו”ר נשיא דורנו מליובאוויטש

The Soldiers of Tzivos Hashem Chaim and Aiden Oded שיחיו Morris
Rabbi & Mrs. Menachem M. and Chaya Mushka שיחיו Morris

חיילי “צבאות השם” חיים ועדן עודד שיחיו מאריס
נדפס ע”י הוריהם
הרה”ת ר’ מנחם מענדל וזוגתו מרת חי’ מושקא שיחיו מאריס


[1]. Our Parshah, Vayikroh 26:3.

[2]. Our Parshah, Vayikroh 26:4.

[3]. See the Siddur, Evening Service.

[4]. Parshas Aikev, Devorim 11:13.

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