Sunday, June 07, 2015


Giving G-d a Gift

​   by  Reb Gutman Locks

Giving G-d a Gift


     When your love for G-d grows so much that you think, "I'd like to give G-d a gift," well then you have a real problem. The problem is that Hashem is the Ruler of the entire Creation. Everything already belongs to Him. So what can you give to G-d?

     It turns out that, "Everything is in the hand of Heaven except for the fear of Heaven." Ah, then there is one thing that you can give to G-d. You can do teshuvah (repentance) and the fear (awe) of G-d that comes from your doing teshuvah will be your gift to G-d. But wait a minute. You already did teshuvah. That's why you want to give G-d a gift in the first place. So you're stuck! There is nothing you can give to G-d because G-d already has everything. Nuts!

     But wait a minute, there is one thing, and one thing only in the entire creation that G-d doesn't already have, and you can give it to Him if you want. You can go find someone who hasn't done teshuvah yet, and you can bring him or her to teshuvah with love and joy, and when that person does a mitzvah you can look up to Heaven and say, "Here, this is for You. I love You, and I want to make You smile."



Anonymous said...

Is teshuva just saying 'sorry' and meaning it, or does it also involve a whole change of a lifestyle and mindset?

Gutman said...

Saying you are sorry just shows that you realize you were doing something wrong. You have to change your ways, too. And if need be, repay the damage you caused. If it doesn't bring you joy, you didn't do it right.

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