Eikev: In Name, Without Reality

Aug 19th, 2011 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Portion of the Week, Prayer, Spiritual Growth
The Name Without the Reality

A student who does not study the appointed themes is not a real student.

A mourner who feels no grief when condoling with the bereaved is not a real mourner.

An old servant who neither tidies things away nor chatters about family affairs is not a real old servant.

A host who escorts a guest no further than the door is not a real host.

A cook without an apron or knife and chopping block is not a real cook.

A teacher who does not correct his pupil’s exercises and studies is not a real teacher.

Underlings who not squabble and curse are not real underlings.

Li Shang-yin (858 C.E. – China)

How can we make sure that what we do and whom we are is real?

“It will be that if you hearken to My commandments that I command you today, to love God, your Lord, and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 11:13) The love must turn into action – service. We must reify each and every idea we learn by making them part of our service of God. We cannot allow our powerful experiences and insights to remain A Name Without Reality.

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