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Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

The Torah refers to the ultimate in spirituality: “…to love the Lord, your G-d, and to walk in His ways all the days…” (Deut. 19:9)

What does it mean to “walk in His ways”? Why does the Torah stress “all the days”?

The Sages explain that walking in G-d’s ways means that we must emulate Him by bestowing kindness and being compassionate. Some people mistakenly think that if they do someone a favour, especially a major one, that they have fulfilled their obligation to do chesed (kindness) for the next few weeks. Therefore, says Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagan, the Torah stresses that the obligation of chesed is all the days. Every single day of our lives we must go out of our way to do someone a favour. This is how we can be like the Almighty!

It is a matter of focus and thinking ahead. Make it your policy to hold the door for someone. Let a car wanting to enter from a side street the opportunity to enter in front of you. Before you leave your home in the morning, put a coin for tzedakah in a pushka (a charity box). It is so easy, if you plan in advance.

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