Posted by: gruvenreuven | August 6, 2009

Eikev: What’s the Deal with Deal?

DealIn this week’s Torah Reading, Parsha Eikev, Moshe instructs B’nei Yisroel:

Devarim 10:12 – And now, Israel, what does Hashem your G-d require of You?, Only to fear Hashem your G-d, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve Hashem your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul.

To Fear Hashem…

There is a story in the Talmud in Tractate Berachos which related the blessing Rabbi Yohanan Ben Zakai gave his students on his death bed. “May you fear Hashem like your fear of mortals.” Of course his students felt Jipped at the blessing they received. That was until Rabbi Yohanan explained to them that fearing Hashem is no small undertaking.

It’s like this moshel (parable):
A guy is taking a taxi to the next town. As the Taxi is passing an apple orchard, the passenger instructs the driver to pull over for a minute. He tells the taxi driver “I’m gonna pick a few apples for us for the ride. Honk if someone is looking”. The passenger gets about 5 feet into the orchard when he hears the taxi Honking. Quickly he runs back. Seeing that there is no one around, he goes back into the Apple orchard. Again he hears the Taxi driver honking the horn, and again he runs back only to see no one around. This scene plays out a few more times until the frustrated passenger/thief yells to the Taxi driver “Fool! Why are you Honking? Who is looking?”. The Taxi Driver simply points to Hashem above.

When we do something wrong we fear that folks around us will see, yet we don’t truly Fear Hashem, who doesn’t miss a trick.

If you think that’s an easy concept to grasp, it’s not. Even the most learned amongst us have problems with this concept. Take a look at the Rabbis recently arrested in Deal NJ. Would they have allegedly acted in such an unlawful and despicable manner if they truly understood this week’s message in Parsha Eikev?



  1. I agree with the fear of Hashem.

    I am less prone to jump to comdemning any conduct that I don’t know for sure has been “unlawful or despicable” until proven guilty. The media attention of our century has seemingly made a lot of us forget to give the benefit of the doubt and to judge our fellows even when we are not their judges.

  2. Point well taken…

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