Thursday, July 8, 2010

How G-d Loves Us...

The Baal Shem Tov, explaining how great the love of G-d is for every Jew, gave the following example:

There was a Jew called Reb Yaakov, and he knew the entire Talmud by heart including the commentaries. He also used to learn verbatim without having to refer to the text. Learning this way demanded deep concentration, more so than if one was reading from a text. Once, in the middle of learning a large and difficult piece, Reb Yaakov was approached by one of his small children who told him something wise. Reb Yaakov was so excited by what the child said that he interrupted his learning. This is what can be achieved by a small child.

"So too," said the Baal Shem Tov, "G-d is busy all day. However, when a Jew prays and his request comes before the A-lmighty, G-d interrupts whatever He is doing and listens to the request of the Jew."

When G-d wanted to create man, the angels asked G-d why He needs them, what for?

When a Jew gets up in the morning, and he runs to pray, and then is busy the whole day but manages to tear himself away and go to shul for Minchah, and between Minchah and Maariv he listens to some Torah and then comes home and relates waht he learned to his family.

When this happens, the A-lmighty calls together the angels, along with the man whom He has created, and says to them: "You angels have no living to make, no wife and children, no problems, no taxes to pay. This man has a living to make and is dealing with the pressures of the exile, and yet see how he conducts himself.

Thinking deeply about how G-d is so proud of every good deed we do should in itself have a great effect on us.