19 Aug Eikev: In Name, Without Reality
The Name Without the Reality
A student who does not study the appointed themes is not a real student.
A mourner who feels no grief when condoling with the bereaved is not a real mourner.
An old servant who neither tidies things away nor chatters about family affairs is not a real old servant.
A host who escorts a guest no further than the door is not a real host.
A cook without an apron or knife and chopping block is not a real cook.
A teacher who does not correct his pupil’s exercises and studies is not a real teacher.
Underlings who not squabble and curse are not real underlings.
Li Shang-yin (858 C.E. – China)
How can we make sure that what we do and whom we are is real?
“It will be that if you hearken to My commandments that I command you today, to love God, your Lord, and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 11:13) The love must turn into action – service. We must reify each and every idea we learn by making them part of our service of God. We cannot allow our powerful experiences and insights to remain A Name Without Reality.
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