מחיל אל חיל - Keep Growing - Yizkor 5781

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…The Torah famously commands: “Halachta bidrachav”— “You shall walk in G-d’s ways”.  This means, say the sagas, that you should emulate the characteristics that G-d Himself displays. “Just as G-d is kind, so you should be kind. As He is merciful, so you should be merciful.”

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, interpretation of this command beautifully.[i] He asks, we already have commandments in the Torah to be compassionate? What is the command “to walk in G-d ways” adding?  Why the redundancy?

This mitzvah ‘walk,’ commands us, to constantly be on the move. Do not be become intellectually and Jewishly sluggish. Every mitzvah should make you grow and advance…

G-d did not create us to reach one level and then stop. Where ever your 8 or 80 years old you should constantly be learning, improving your skills and getting better at what you do….

[i] See, Likkutei Sichot, Vol. IV, p. 1130.

 

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