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Walk with Him

GYE Corp. Monday, 20 February 2012

I was reading this week's parsha and the following vort came to me:

Shoftim - Perek 18 Pasuk 9: "When you come to the land that Hashem your G-d, gives you, you shall not learn to act according to the abominations of those nations". Says Rashi - the pasuk does not say "you shall not act", but rather "you shall not learn to act..." Meaning, understand how destructive their acts are and instruct your children to stay away from such and such an act, for this is a ritual of the nations.

Rashi is clearly learning that when we and our children are in clear and present danger from 'abominations', we must be active and educate. We can't turn a blind eye, but must learn of the dangers and warn regarding them! This Rashi is clear proof of the need to warn our generation of the dangers of the internet, and not like those who say better not to talk about it.

The next pasuk continues: "There shall not be found among you one who causes his son or daughter to pass through fire.."

Can there be anything more dangerous than placing our children in a room alone with an unfiltered internet!! Surely they will get burned!!!

(Continuing the pasuk) "me'onain..." What is a me'onain? Rashi brings down the Sages who say 'these are illusionists'.

Rabosai, is there a greater illusion in our days that the abomination we call p*rn!!!! What we so desire and feel we can't live without in one moment, (and which can ultimately lead us to destroy ourselves, our jobs and even our families), after the act is finished, POOF - like a cloud of smoke the desire is gone! Hey, you have just been tricked by the greatest illusionist of our time; p*rn!

Ok, so we need to educate ourselves on the dangers of this great abomination and warn others. But the illusion is so great, how can we not be drawn towards it?

The answer is given to us in Pasuk 13: "You shall be wholehearted with Hashem, your G-d." Rashi explains: 'Walk with Him with wholeheartedness. Look ahead to Him and do not delve into the future. But rather whatever comes upon you accept with wholeheartedness, and then you will be with Him and of his portion.'


'Walk with Him' - this can not be done alone. You need to give yourself and the battle over to Him.

'Wholeheartedness' - the Torah does not say 'be holy', but Tamim, "be complete", telling us of the need to create a strong foundation to build on.

'Look ahead to Him' - don't try running away from the abomination, but rather run towards Hashem!

'And do not delve into the future' - don't tell yourself "its not possible for me to give this up forever". For the future is in the hands of Hashem.

'but rather whatever comes upon' - we need to live in the present.

'Accept with Wholeheartedness' - and take one day (or even an hour) at a time.

'And then you will be with Him and of His portion'.

Good Shabbos and good Chodesh to everyone! May we be zoche to be with Him and of His portion (i.e: part of the Holy GYE army)