In this week’s parshah, following the revelation at Har Sinai, when the people of Israel committed themselves to upholding the Torah and received the Ten Commandments, Hashem proceeds to communicate to Moshe Rabbeinu the rest of the mitzvos of the Torah. The Ramban explains that the monetary laws of this parshah were taught immediately following the giving of the Torah on Har Sinai. Why was this so?

Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l explains that from here we learn that our following the Torah’s laws on money matters is a declaration of emunah/faith in Hashem, and transgressing them is a form of k’firah, a denial of Hashem’s existence. Rabbi Moshe Gruenstein explains that if a Jew truly believes that all his money and possessions come from Hashem, and that same Hashem who gave all this to him can take it back, he will never be tempted to take even a penny that’s not rightfully his. The Talmud teaches us (Shabbos 31a) that, after 120 years, when a person will stand in front of the heavenly court, he is asked six questions. The first question is: Did you conduct your business dealings with emunah, which in this context means faithfully and with integrity. However, the word emunah also means faith in Hashem. Meaning, did your behavior with money reflect the notion that you believe in a Hashem who has decreed how much money you are supposed to earn and that you will not gain a penny more than whatever Hashem decreed. (sefer: Living the Parshah)

In T’hilim, David HaMelech declared: “The kindnesses of Hashem I shall sing forever (Chasdei Hashem olam ashirah). To generation after generation, I shall make known Your faithfulness, with my mouth. For I said, ‘Forever will it be built with kindness (olam chesed yibaneh); as the heavens, with which You will establish Your faithfulness.’”

Chazal teach us that chesed was in existence before the Torah and that the act of Creation was in itself Hashem’s ultimate act of Kindness. The B’eir Mayim Chayim explains that the authentic sign of g’milus chasadim (lovingkindness) is that one runs after the unfortunate and dispirited [to help them].

Giving tz’dakah is a mitzvah of great importance and carries consequences when a person is thoughtless. The Midrash explains that when a poor person asks for help, Hashem stands to his right side: “Ki Yaamod Liy’min Evyon” (T’hilim 109:31). If one does not do chesed with the beggar, he should beware: “Ashrei maskil el dal; b’yom raah y’malteihu Hashem–Praiseworthy is he who takes the needy into account, on the day of evil, Hashem will deliver him (41:2).” Tz’dakah protects, tz’dakah engenders material success, tz’dakah saves.

With Hashem’s help, may we pursue lives that represent the highest level of true g’milus chasadim! Amen!

List of People Who Need a R’fuah Sh’leimah

(a complete recovery)

Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.


Yeshayahu Yosef ben Zari

Rachamim ben Sa’eda Mazal

Alter Shmuel ben Chavah Leah

Meir Yaakov ben Esther

Yehudah ben Dinah

Chaim Avraham ben Shifrah Zisel

Yosef ben Basya

Yehudah Yudel ben Miriam Gittel

Yisachar Dov ben Chayah Brachah

Refael Aharon ben Devorah

Meshulam David ben Alta Hendel

Moshe ben Chasiya

Rafael Avraham ben Ivonne

Tinok ben Tzivia

Gideon ben Ludmilla

Yishai ben Moriasha Tovah

Yosef ben Miriam

Rafael Moshe Yehudah ben Feiga Necha

Yerachmiel Daniel ben Tovah Basha

Chaim Meir Binyamin ben Chanah Sarah

Pinchas ben Feiga Dinah

Yitzchak Mordechai ben Rose Nizha

Chaim Menachem ben Leah

Yechiel HaLevi ben Rachel

Moshe Shmuel ben Freida

Sariel Yosef Yitzchak ben Bat-Chen

Lev David ben Chanah

Nisan ben Rachel

Yehudah Uriel ben Yafah

Isaac ben Esther

Tzvi ben Miriam Rachel

Shlomo ben Rachel Dinah


Rivkah Fruma bas Leah Baila

Irina Ester Chayah bas Yafah

Yafah bas Basanda

Chayah Sheva bas Sheina Reizel

Hadassah bas Hennah Rivkah

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Hinda Zalma bas Sarah

Esther Hadasah bas Devorah

Sarah bas Ilanah

Rechamah bas Feiga Rivkah

Tinokes bas Efrat Tehilah

Efrat Tehila bas Nina

Chayah Esther Yirat bas Feige Dinah

Tziporah Yeta bas Yehudis

Rachel bas Hinda Reizel

Efrat bas Sonia

Gila Glikel bas Feige

Chayah Rachel bas Yafah

Bilyura bas Shurah Shoshanah

Naomi Leah bas Nena

Sarah bas Chanah

Rinah Basya bas Shifrah Rus

Shirah bas Devorah Leah

Adina Aidel bas Sheina Mindel

Tinokes bas Adina Aidel


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