The Temple Institute on the Parsha: G-d's Mercy

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.

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Rabbi Chaim Richman,

Rabbi Chaim Richman
Rabbi Chaim Richman

Just as G-d's presence fills the world but G-d is not the world, so too, G-d's mercy fills creation but but G-d can't be defined by His attribute of mercy.

Some commandments, such as shiluach haken - the chasing away of the mother bird before taking her eggs or chicks - are expressions of G-d's mercy.

Other commandments, such as the commandment to utterly destroy Amalek, come to show us that mercy alone cannot sustain the world, and that the revelation of G-d's mercy alone cannot define our commitment to perform His commandments.

Both commandments are in our Torah reading for this week.