Dec 1, 2019

Raize Guttman 12-01-19 (03 Kislev 5780)

Parsha Chayei Sarah - Chapter 24 - Verse 27

Eliezer is amazed about the good fortune of finding Rivka and the first thing he does is to thank Hashem. He thanks Hashem by saying he had both chesed (kindness) and emet(truth). Raize brings down lesson from Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. The word ahava (love) is an emotion inside a person. The way a person expresses love is through his actions. Those actions are called chesed. Because the feeling of love that a person has for someone can sometimes blind him, those actions can be dangerous. Therefore, sometimes when you love someone so much you do what you think is chesed, but it may not be a true chesed. True chesed is what is truly good for that person. We must always have chesed v'emet (kindness & truth).

Hashem’s chesed may not always look like emet, but he knows what is good for the soul. It does not always feel nice, and its truth can be harsh. Even if we don’t think something is good for us, and may think this is the worst thing that can happen, it is not. It is what is best for you and your soul. Hashem's truth is the truth.

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