Forethoughts and Afterthoughts.
Commentary on the weekly Torah reading.
In memory of Father, Yosef Ben Zelig.
March 25th 1911 - May 2nd 2008
In memory of Mother, Nechama Bas Tzvi Hirsh.
June 9th 1925 - April 16th 2003
In memory of Uncle, Moshe Binyamin Ben Tzvi Hirsh.
December 12 1929 - February 2nd 2010
In Loving Memory of Moreinu Horav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, Rosh HaYeshiva Ner Yisroel
Chukas (Numbers 19-22)
Va'eschanan (Deuteronomy 3-7)
6:25 And it will be charity to us when we take care to do before Hashem our G-D all of this commandment, just as He commanded.
How does fulfilling a commandment become a charity?
The Ramban commentary explains that this refers to the reward we will receive. Just like a servant is not entitled to reward from his master, we should not expect any reward for fulfilling G-D's commandments. But G-D will definitely reward us and this deserves our gratitude.
The Shiras Dovid commentary takes this a step further.
One does not always have the resources or opportunity to fulfill all of the commandments. We must therefore not lose sight of the need to be grateful to G-D whenever we have these opportunities and capability.
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