Ekev 5777

God is described in militant superlatives, “Lord supreme, the great, the mighty, the fearsome…” Created in God’s image, all divine descriptions should inspire us to emulation, to reach our divine potential. Here too, some dream of imitating such strength without reading the end of sentence, the way power could and should manifest itself: “who creates justice… loves the stranger, providing him with bread and clothing.” Using infinite power to care for such details – love! bread! – should put our use of power in perspective. We are also told “love the stranger as yourself,” – a strange commandment which necessarily involves loving oneself too. One could certainly walk through life with this double-mirror, God and the destitute stranger, two Others defining the Self.












[Inspired by: Deuteronomy 10 and Leviticus 19; Rabeinu Behaye on Ekev; Mishneh Torah, Deot 6.4;  I and You by Martin Buber; and the name ‘Philoxenus the Invincible‘.]






















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