6th of Kislev, November 23, 2009
At times we are reluctant to part with our possessions for we fear being without them. But our possessions do not define us; we are what we do, not what we have. The psalmist, speaking as G-D, clarifies: “I take not from your household any bullock, nor from your pens any goats. For Mine is every beast of the forest, the cattle of a thousand mountains…. For Mine is the world and its fullness (Psalm 50:9-10. 12).” Man does not possess anything in this world, for the world in its entirety belongs to G-D. Therefore, we need to define ourselves differently, to embrace the spiritual and not the physical. What really matters is not the material world but our use of the physical, intellectual and spiritual gifts that we have been given on earth.
Copyright, 2009 Rachel Lerner