Friday, November 18, 2016

Vayera - Jewish Chesed

Shalllooommm sweeeetest friends!!:-)

A huuuuugeeeeee mazel tov to my most beloved friend HaRav He-Chossid Ha-Tzadik Rav Yehoshua Weinberg Shlita of the Field Of Bergen [but soon we hope "of Yerushalayim"] and his very dear Rebbetzin on the birth of their daughter. May she grow up together with her brother and כן ירבו to bring LIMITLESS nachas and simcha to their holy parents!! A special mazel tov to the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc. etc. May her light shine brightly forever!! 

How apropos that she is born in the parsha of ויאמר איה שרה אשתך ויאמר הנה באהל - We learn of the tzniyus of Sarah Imeinu and are certain that the sweet baby will follow in her path [although we find few tents anymore among our people outside of camping trips. The Druze still live in tents but "Druze ain't Jews"].

This dvar Torah should be in the zchus of my most beloved friend R' Aharon Yisrael ben R' Moshe Mordechai and his special family for bracha and hatzlacha bichol maaseh yideihem!!!

And lirfuas HaRav Avraham Yosef ben Moshe Chaim, Sara Leah bas Rivka, R' Yehoshua Meir ben Rochel Sarah, Elchanan ben Yehudis, R' Nosson Chaim ben Zelda and ALLLLLLL cholei yisrael.

We read in parshas Vayera of the chesed of Avraham Avinu. Why is it that we learn of this chesed AFTER his Bris Milah? Chesed is a universal attribute which applies to Gentiles equally as much as it applies to Jews!!


Q: Why were gentiles invented? A: Somebody has to pay retail. 

Q: What do you call a Jewish knight? A: Sir Cumsiced. 

On the sixth day God turned to the Malach Gavriel and said, "Today I am going to create a land called Israel. It will be a land of outstanding natural beauty. It will have rolling hills and mountains full of goats and eagles, a beautiful, sparkling, clear ocean full of sea life and high cliffs overlooking white sandy beaches." God continued, "And I shall make the land rich in oil to allow the inhabitants to prosper. I shall call these inhabitants "Jews" and they shall be known as the most friendly people on the earth." 

"But," asked Gabriel, "Don't you think you're being too generous to these Jews?" 

"Not really," replied God, "just wait and see the neighbors I am going to give them." 


The answer may be that there is a big difference between "universal" chesed and "Torah" chesed. There are actually MANY differences. We don't perform chesed because it makes us feel good [even though it does] but because it is the will of Hashem and the right thing to do. We don't do chesed expecting anything in return but because it is our obligation and responsibility. We don't do chesed only to people who we like and feel connected to but to everyone. We don't only do chesed when we are asked or when we see somebody or something lacking but we SEEK OUT chesed. We don't pamper ourselves when in pain and relish the opportunity to focus on our own pain and lick our own wounds but feel a need to help others despite our personal pain. And the list goes on and on. Chazal say that Gentiles were given מצות גלמיות - Mitzvos without form, which simply means that their mitzvos don't have the myriad of details that our mitzvos have. On a deeper level it means that that their mitzvos don't change things in Shomayim as our mitzvos do [עיין שפת אמת תרנ"ד]. 

That is why it was critical to teach us about Avraham's chesed only AFTER his Bris. Chesed performed after entering the covenant are of a completely different order than chesed done before. Delving deeply into the chesed of Avraham [which we didn't do in this essay] will reveal much of what was mentioned in the previous paragraph. He didn't just perform a chesed in the universal sense but in a particularly Jewish way. 

May we all become seekers of chesed with love and care for everyone created bi-tzelem Elokim!! 

A Shabbos of bliss to all of my sweetest friends,

Me 