Parashas Naso ~ Shavuos
Shavuos is right around the corner! We relive and rejoice in our receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai over 33 centuries ago. One of the famous parts of the "Mt. Sinai experience" was the Jewish people's saying 'We will listen and we will do" (Naaseh V'Nishma). They trusted in G-d and accepted everything even before they'd heard all of the details!
The Talmud relates a story concerning the great sage Rava, who once was challenged with the criticism that the Jewish people were rash in not hearing out God and continue to be that way. Rava responded that they were sincere and trusted that G-d wouldn't give us something we could not do.
Rav Leibowitz understand this response in the following deep manner. When one is sincere and truthful, he is able to trust the sincerity of others. When one is not, he projects himself onto others and suspects insincerity and lack of truth in them.
As we experience this special time of year again, when we received our beautiful most precious gift, may we work on ourselves to be more sincere and truthful in order to strengthen our relationships in general and specifically with our beloved Father in Heaven.
Have a beautiful Shabbos and an uplifting Shavuos!
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Rabbi Naftali Karp
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