Thursday, May 02, 2019

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   by Reb Gutman Locks


     "You shall be holy."[i] How can we possibly fulfill this commandment? The reality is only Hashem is holy, so then how can we be commanded to become holy?

      We become holy by doing holy things, by fulfilling the mitzvahs. We elevate the world by using it for holy purposes, and by doing this we ourselves become holy. The blessings say, "…Who has made us holy with His commandments." When we fulfill a mitzvah, we become holy.

     But what about the rest of the things in the world, the other things that do not appear as mitzvahs, like a cookie? How can we elevate a cookie? We find the best cookie we can, and we put it away for Shabbos. Then, when we make Kiddush we find it delightful, and when we delight in Shabbos Hashem says, "I will make you ride upon the high places of the earth.[ii]

     We can do this with all our needs. Make a blessing on something, thank G-d for it, share it with others, on and on, when we look for ways to elevate a physical object, we find more and more ways to enjoy a holy life.

[i] Leviticus 20:7

[ii] Isaiah 58:13-14


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