Home
In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 8, 2006 /15 Elul, 5766

Seeing is believing

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski


Printer Friendly Version

Email this article


Faith needs to be more than mere lip-service




“With the Israelites standing at the shores of the Jordan, poised to cross into the Promised Land which Moses was permitted to see but not to enter, Moses said, 'But G-d did not give you a heart to know, or eyes to see or ears to hear until this day.'”

                       — Deuteronomy 29:3


http://www.jewishworldreview.com | Rabbi Meir Simchah HaCohen of Dvinsk in his Meshech Chochmah, interprets the last three words of this verse to mean ''even until this day.'' I.e., even today you do not understand.


Why is this? Because, Rabbi Meir Simchah explains, Moses goes on to convey the Divine message, ''I led you for forty years in the Wilderness, your garment did not wear out from on you, and your shoe did not wear out from on your foot. Bread you did not eat and wine or intoxicant you did not drink, so that you would know that I am your G-d'' (Deuteronomy 29:4-5).


Moses said to them, ''You know nothing other than an existence based on miracles —  the manna, the well of water that accompanied them, the clouds of glory —  so that you have no understanding that G-d is in Nature. When you plow and seed a field, it is G-d Who makes the grain grow. When the rain waters the field, it is G-d Who provides the rain. When your animals graze, it is G-d Who makes the grass grow.''


The dangers the Israelites faced upon entering the Land and the cessation of manifest miracles were twofold. (1) They might come to believe that the productivity of the Land and their prosperity is entirely due to their own work and cunning, as Moses had warned them, ''You may say in your heart, 'My strength and the might of my hand made me all this wealth' '' (ibid. 8:17). (2) They might turn to worshipping the forces of nature, as did the idolatrous nations in their environs.

ENJOYING THIS ARTICLE?

You can buy the book at a discount by clicking HERE. (Sales help fund JWR.).


Moses' fears were well-founded. ''For I know that after my death you will surely act corruptly, and you will stray from the path that I have commanded you'' (ibid. 31:29). People conditioned to expect miracles may have a difficult time adapting to nature. This may be why the era of manifest miracles essentially came to a close. We are expected to work in nature and see G-d in nature.


The Chafetz Chaim once lodged at an inn, and the innkeeper asked him why we no longer have miracles like in the Biblical era. The Chafetz Chaim told him he would answer his question a bit later.

Later that day, the innkeeper's daughter returned from school, and showed her parents a certificate she had received for memorizing and reciting several poems. The Chafetz Chaim asked the child to recite some of the poems for him, but the child refused. He then asked the innkeeper to prevail upon his daughter to recite some poems. The child said, ''I don't want to. This certificate says that I know the poems by heart. If he does not want to believe that, he doesn't have to. I don't have to prove that to everyone. That's what the certificate is for.''

The Chafetz Chaim said to the innkeeper, ''There you have the answer to your question. When people did not know that G-d runs the world, He demonstrated that with His miracles. He then gave us the Torah, a certificate that testifies to His sovereignty. Like your daughter said, He does not have to prove it to everyone. That is what the certificate is for.''

(Incidentally, there is a great lesson in this incident. The Chafetz Chaim told the innkeeper that he would give him an answer later. Did he have prophetic foresight that the child would come home with a certificate? I believe not. What the Chafetz Chaim did have was absolute faith that G-d would provide him with a way to give the innkeeper an answer that he would accept. That is emunah and bitachon, faith and trust in G-d at its finest.)


The lion's share of the world's population may have a belief in G-d, but nevertheless sees success as depending on the amount of work they do or how wisely they invest. We should realize that although the Torah requires us to earn a livelihood, success comes only from G-d: ''G-d will bless you in all that you do'' (ibid. 15:18).

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes inspiring articles. Sign up for our daily update. It's free. Just click here.

Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. is a psychiatrist and ordained rabbi. He is the founder of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh, a leading center for addiction treatment. An Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he is a prolific author, with some 30 books to his credit, including, "Twerski on Chumash" (Bible), from which this was excerpted (Sales of this book help fund JWR). Comment by clicking here.

© 2006, Mesorah Publications, Ltd.