Sunday, February 09, 2020

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You Shall Be Holy

   by Reb Gutman Locks   


     We are commanded to be holy. What does this mean? Obviously, we cannot be commanded to do something that we cannot do. What do we do to become holy? How can we possibly attain such a lofty level?

     The fact is, only Hashem is holy, and whatever points toward His ways, be it a Sefer Torah, a Sage, tefillin…, we call holy, and whatever points away from His ways, we call unholy.

     Tanna deVei Eliyahu Rabba explains it clearly; "I call upon Heaven and earth to testify that whether Jew or Gentile, man or woman, manservant or maidservant, only according to a person's deeds does the spirit of holiness rest upon him."

     Our degree of holiness is measured by our deeds. We are judged by what we do with the precious opportunity we have while we are here in this world. Then, when we leave this world, we leave all of our physical possessions behind, but we take all of our deeds with us.



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