Aug 30, 2020

Raize Guttman 08-30-20 (10 Elul 5780)

Parsha Toldot - Chapter 26 - Verses 6 - 12
Preparation in Elul

There was famine in the land, people were starving. That is why Yitzhak went down to Gerar in the first place. Yet, only after everyone knew that Rivka was his wife, did he decide that he was going to start working the field. Why ask the commentaries? Because Yitzhak knew that all blessing for a man comes through his wife. This is an important Jewish principle. Until it was known to everyone that Rivka was his wife he did nothing to bring the blessing onto himself.

And then it goes on to say that Yitzhak made calculations as to how much he was going to reap before he even started. Rashi says the purpose for this was so he could give miser. He wanted to give tithes immediately so he could help as many people as he could. One of the greatest ways to receive Hashem’s blessing is to give it away. This was the first thing on Yitzhak's mind, he wanted to give charity.

This leads us right into Elul. Before Rosh Hashanah, we want to have the most connected relationship with Hashem. The best way to build that relationship is by saying "I thank you Hashem", "I love you Hashem" and "I appreciate everything you do for me Hashem". Walk around for 30 days and keep thanking Hashem, and you will feel a real, strong relationship with Hashem. Remember ani le dodi ve dodi li, starts with Ani, with I, with you making the first step.


Mazal Tov to Raize on the birth of her grandaughter Yael Bracha!

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