Dvar Torah – Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
Dvar Torah #1 – Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
The Torah states: “And you shall keep my statutes and my ordinances, which a person shall do and live by them, I am the Almighty” (Leviticus 18:5).
What lesson for life can we learn from the words “and live by them”?
Rabbi Yeshayahu Hurwitz (author of Shnai Luchos HaBris) comments that when you do good deeds they should be done with life — that is, with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. This makes your whole being come alive.
There is no comparison between doing a good deed with a feeling of being oppressed and forced with doing the same thing with joy and excitement. The life of a person who lives with joy is a life of pleasure and elevation — and one which motivates others. When they see how much enjoyment you have from doing good deeds, they will be motivated to emulate your behaviour.
What does one do if he doesn’t feel enthusiasm? Mesilat Yesharim, The Path of the Just, teaches that the outward act brings the inner appreciation. Act as if you felt enthusiasm and you will feel enthusiasm!
Dvar Torah #2 by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
The Torah states:”My ordinances you shall do, and My statutes you shall observe, to walk with them, I am the Lord, Your God.” (Lev. 18:4).
What does the Torah mean “to walk with them?”
The Ksav Sofer, a famous Hungarian rabbi, commented that the words “to walk with them” mean that a person needs to walk from one level to the next level. That is, a person should constantly strive to grow and elevate himself. Recognize the challenge or obstacle, set yourself to overcome it, make a plan, take action … and take pleasure that you made the effort!