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Parashat Eikev – I own it


“Dad, why can’t you tell me the answer? I will score 100 and win the prize!”

“Son, I’m gifting you the greatest price, ‘The feeling of owning something.’ When you are forced to think and come up with an answer it becomes your answer, you own it!”

When we receive something, we lack ownership. We lack that deep attachment to what we received. It happens to be ours, but we feel like it belongs to the giver.

Creating something comes through investing ourselves into it. We belong. It’s ours. We feel extremely attached to it. It becomes our baby.

That’s why G-d’s greatest gift to mankind is creating an imperfect world, where we are given the ability to create! We are given the satisfaction of being owners of a good dead! How amazing!

Imagine that everything had been created perfect. We wouldn’t appreciate good for what it is! Only because we ‘created’ it and we own it, can we appreciate what we have!

We has basically become partners with G-d, he needs us to finish the job! Now, that is tremendous responsibility that comes with an awesome feeling of satisfaction!

So next time you come across an opportunity to do a good dead, don’t hesitate; after all, you are a partner in this thing called the universe, you have partial ownership, so you’ve got to live up to it!

Shabat Shalom 

Rabbi Mendy