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B’har:Take Him at His Word

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A Promise

We are commanded in this week’s Parsha to take a Sabbatical, every seven years, from farming and gardening. The Torah explains that there are weekly Sabbaticals and annual Sabbaticals and that in observing this Sabbatical we honor G-d as creator of the world.
“If you don’t plant, what will you eat,” the Torah rhetorically asks? G-d then answers His own question and makes a solemn promise that the crop of the sixth year will be prolific and yield a double gain.
The Torah goes on to assure us, that the same applies to all of G-d’s commandments. If we observe them we will be blessed with an abundance of spiritual and material wealth.

That we can Trust

Let us imagine, for a moment, that you purchased a new car. You read the fine print and discovered it is warrantied for five years only if you maintain the car diligently with regular tune-ups and oil changes. Would you, in your right mind, intentionally miss a scheduled maintenance check?
Imagine that you worked for Microsoft and were called to a meeting by Bill Gates. He informs all employees that Microsoft will be merging with IBM and together they are launching a product that is guaranteed to revolutionize Internet access, IPO’s are now offered to all employees. Would you not accept?
When your boss makes a promise there are times when it pays to take him at his world.
In this Parsha we receive a guarantee from the boss of all bosses! Of course we should take Him at his word.

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