Finding Favor


HaRav Avigdor Miller zts"l

Judaism HaRav Avigdor Miller zts"l
HaRav Avigdor Miller zts"l
INN:Toras Avigdor

The concept of “acceptance” (Ratzon, which means “favor”) is fundamental in our relationship to Hashem.

Not only in the matter of sacrifices, but in every aspect of our behavior our chief purpose must be to find favor in the eyes of Hashem.

But the condition of gaining the Ratzon of Hashem, meaning His favor, is that we should do the Ratzon of Hashem - which means His will.

King Shlomoh urges that one give ear to the instruction of the Torah and thereby “He shall elicit favor (Ratzon) from Hashem” (Mishle 8:35).

Life is by His favor” (Tehillim 30:6), meaning that by gaining favor in Hashem’s eyes we thereby gain life.

To do your Will (R’tzoncha) Hashem, is my desire; and Your Torah is in My bowels” (Tehillim 40:9), for by becoming imbued with the knowledge of Hashem’s Torah we gain the favor of Hashem.

His favor (R’tzono) is like dew upon the grass” (Mishle 19:12), for all of our success in life depends on succeeding in gaining His favor.

The principle of endeavoring to gain Hashem’s favor is an important element in all the sacrifices. “For your favor you should slaughter it” (Vayikra 19:5); “for your favor a perfect male of the cattle” (ibid. 22:19); “when you slaughter a thanksgiving-offering to Hashem, for your favor you shall slaughter” (ibid. 22:29); “and he shall wave the Omer before Hashem for your favor” (ibid. 23:11).

In these instances, the intention is that in order to find favor with Hashem by the offerings it is necessary that every detail must be in accordance with the requirements of the Torah, for no good thoughts can make amends for errors in the Torah-laws.

Yet it is certain that even the most precisely correct sacrifice is not favored unless accompanied by emotions of gratitude and love and fear of Hashem. (A Nation is Born)