Questions for the Week of Parshas Bechukosai
Food For Thought
May one use a sponge to wash dishes on Shabbos?
Does it make a difference whether the sponge sports a handle or not?
Is one permitted to add food coloring to food on Shabbos?
Is there an issue of Coloring when wiping stained hands on a napkin on Shabbos?
Answers coming next week.
Vort On the Parsha
This parsha commences with extraordinary bountiful blessings Am Yisroel will receive should they choose to learn Torah and keep its mitzvos. Does this not contradict the famous saying that there is no reward for the mitzvos in this world? One must ask the same question on the shma, which says that ones actions determine whether there will be rain and sustenance for oneself and ones animals.
The Rambam (chapter 9 of hilchos Tshuvah) explains that since our ultimate objective is to serve Him through keeping the Torah, if one does so willingly Hashem will remove all obstacles that would prevent one from serving Him and bestow one with all the physical necessities enabling a person to reach that goal.
In other words, all the beautiful physical blessings in this parsha are means and not rewards.
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