Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Eikev – Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
Ever have one of those days when if it weren’t for bad luck you wouldn’t have any luck at all? Me too. Mystified by why events seem to be spinning out of control, I need something to get me through. Parshas Eikev has the answer for getting life back under control:
“…not by bread alone does man live…” (Deuteronomy/Devarim 8:3)
In this Sabbath’s parsha Moses talks about the reward the Children of Israel will reap if they stay true to the mitzvahs (usually translated commandments), warns them against being seduced by prosperity, and reminds them of their history.
The above verse may be misquoted more than any adage in the English language. Most often it’s used as an affirmation to support the idea a person needs gourmet food. Don’t get me wrong. I love great food! However, if the other half of the quote is included, “not by bread alone does man live, rather by all that emanates from G-d’s mouth does man live,” you can see that the point is another kind of nourishment.
If you want to survive the challenging times in life, look to what the Almighty has said: Scripture, especially the Psalms. For the disorientation of contemporary life and a wounded psyche, G-d provides a balm.
“I raise my eyes on the mountain, whence will come my help? My help is from G-d, Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to falter, your Guardian will not sleep.” (Psalm 121:1-3)
The Almighty is ever attentive to your needs, always available. The Psalms have provided tranquility, sympathy, and cheer for thousands of years.
Don’t wait for distressing times. When was the last time you fed your soul? Genesis affirms the Creator brought the world into being by speaking words. By saying tree, grass, and fish he created them. So everywhere you look, that which came from G-d’s mouth is there to inspire and comfort you. Each day fortify yourself with a little of His ample blessing to the world.
When you are feeling blue or adrift, remember, solace is not in food, or at least food alone. The wonder of creation surrounds you with beauty and the words of Scripture inspire and bring you comfort, that you may live!
How do you use G-d’s bounty to sustain you?
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Every year beginning on Simchas Torah, the cycle of reading the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, ends and begins again. Each Sabbath a portion known as a sedra or parsha is read. It is named after the first significant word or two with which this weekly reading begins.
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