Shekalim: Only Part

Feb 27th, 2011 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Portion of the Week
“Who measured the waters in His palm, gauged the Heavens with a span, measured in a huge vessel (Bashalish) the dust of the earth, and weighed mountains with a scale and hills with a balance (Isaiah 40:12)?”

The Hebrew for “huge vessel,” is, “Bashalish,” meaning, only a third: A person does only a third, or part of what he can and should. We can think, speak, and act, yet, many, those who are “the dust of the earth,” do not invest all they do with all three. God responds in a “weighed measure,” and the person will only see one third of the potential results of his Service of God.

(Be’eir Mayim Chaim – Vaeira)

The Half Shekel, or, in our context, the partly measured, is a question we must ask ourselves: Are we fully invested in what we do with thought, speech and action?

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