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Inspirational words of Torah from Gedolei Yisroel.


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Hidden Goodness
THE PARABLES OF THE BEN ISH CHAI
 
There was once a king who brought in foreign advisors to oversee a special building project in the palace. As soon as they entered the royal town one of the advisors took sick. In fact, he did not recover from his illness until the project was completed. When the time came for them to return home the gracious king instructed his treasurer to pay both of the advisors their full wages.
 
Before they took their leave from the royal city, both advisors issued special letters that expressed their profound thanks to the king. The king then instructed that one thousand gold coins be paid to the advisor who performed the task, whereas he did not grant any additional benefit, whatsoever, to the advisor who took sick.
 
The king’s ministers assumed that the king granted special favor to the advisor who worked because his praise was expressed more elegantly than the praise of his compatriot. However the king said that it was just the opposite, "The letter of the advisor who took sick was the more graceful of the two letters. Rather, the reason that I did not allot a bonus to him was because I already granted him much more than his due, for I paid him a full salary even though he did no work. Therefore, he is obligated to thank me. Whereas there was no obligation on the advisor to thank me for his well earned wages. Therefore it is fitting to reward him for his praise and thanks."
 
Likewise, when HaShem performs open miracles for Klal Yisrael they are obligated to thank him. Just as the payment to the advisor, who was unable to work, was an obvious gesture of the king’s compassion, so too, when the miracles defies nature, the goodness of HaShem is clearly revealed.
 
However, when the goodness and deliverance of HaShem is manifest through "natural causes", we are less obligated to thank HaShem, just as the advisor who received his just wages, was not obligated to thank the king. For instance, the rising of the sun each day has been ordained by HaShem as a statute from the time He created Heaven and earth. Nevertheless, the special quality of Klal Yisrael is that they recognize and thank and praise HaShem for the constant goodness and mercy that He continuously bestows upon us through natural means. In response to Klal Yisrael’s recognition and thanks to HaShem for his "hidden loving kindness", HaShem grants abundant reward in this world, as well as The World to Come.      
 
TODAY: Feel the warmth of sparkling sun - and express thanks to HaShem.


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