Parashas Behar- Bechukosai
We have a double header parasha again! The second Torah portion we read this week starts off with the verse, "If you walk in my laws." The Midrash on this quotes King David as saying, I contemplated my path, and my feet returned me to Your testimony. The Midrash explains that every day, King David had an agenda, but he ultimately headed back to study the sacred Torah.
Rav Henoch Leibowitz ztz"l analyzes this Midrash. Certainly King David did not plan to do wasteful things during his day! As King, he had very important things to do! Rav Leibowitz concludes that certainly he fulfilled his responsibilities as king; the challenge he faced daily was what had to be done and how to do it. He was ultimately guided by his desire to be close to G-d, which helped him stay focused and make the correct decisions on what had to be done in what ways.
We all face this dilemma daily; we have so many things to do and so many places to be! Often, we are able to find time for things that we really want to do. The trick is to work on ourselves and have our priorities and interests where we want them to be, so that automatically we make prudent decisions, enabling us to get as much done as possible yet still have time for things that are important to us.
Have a great Shabbos - the countdown to receiving the Torah is almost finished!
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Rabbi Naftali Karp
Every week Rabbi Karp sends out thoughts about the weekly Torah portion. Enjoy!