Infinite Worlds of Compassion – Parsha Insights – Ki Tisa

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Kindness and compassion is the root of the Torah and the basis of all of its laws. Man and the Torah are interrelated entities of pure kindness. The very act of creation springs from kindness because HaShem desires to bestow the ultimate goodness on His creations. All of the Torah’s laws governing human relations flow from kindness; and comprise the elements of a healthy and happy community.

For instance, the prohibitions neither to steal nor to hurt another person emanate from pure kindness. As we study and practice the merciful teachings of the holy Torah, the attribute of kindness is internalized in our heart and becomes our very nature.

After the People of Israel fell to the sin of worshipping the golden calf, Moshe prayed for forgiveness. In response, HaShem revealed a new aspect of Torah. Namely, He revealed the infinite and wondrous attributes of Divine Compassion and forgiveness that HaShem bestows upon people after they have sinned. This second dimension of Divine Mercy was revealed in the second set of Tablets of Testimony that HaShem gave to Moshe.

In summation, both aspects of the Torah, i.e., the laws of the Torah before we sinned, and the laws of the Torah after we sinned, are founded upon and share the exact same attribute – pure and unadulterated divine mercy and loving-kindness.

Just as HaShem incorporates forgiveness into a law of the Torah, so too, we aspire to internalize the precious trait of forgiveness into our hearts. Indeed, HaShem forgave us for the ultimate sin of worshipping a golden calf and declaring to it, “This is your G-d, O Yisrael, which brought you up from the land of Egypt.”

May we make the goodly trait of forgiveness a natural part of our personality and forgive others for their flaws and mistakes, just as HaShem mercifully forgives us (based on Da’as Torah of  Rav Yerucham HaLevi of Mir)

Today: Integrate forgiveness into your heart as a mainstay of your personality.

Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Zvi Miller and The Salant Foundation

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