The gift of 'yirat Hashem', the fear of G-d

Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch: by giving Him the one thing  he asks of us, יראת ה׳, we show Him our הכרת הטוב: our gratitude, for all that He does for us, each and every minute of our lives!

Danny Ginsbourg, | updated: 22:19

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We read in our parsha: (10:12)’What does Hashem your G-d שואל מעמך: ask of you? only ליראה את ה׳ אלקיך: to have ‘fear of Hashem, your G-d’.

Our sages expound this to mean that:’Everything is in the hands of Heaven, except for fear of Heaven’.
Comments the Beit Halevi:’One item: יראת ה׳, Hashem took out of His domain, and gave over completely to man’s free and complete domain’.

Rabenu Chananel gives an intriguing, different interpretation of the words ‘שואל מעמך’:Not :’asks of you’,  but ‘wants to borrow from you’- שואל alluding to שאילה: borrowing, the one thing which is in man’s domain: ‘’יראת ה’.

Why does Hashem, who is ‘complete’, want יראת ה׳ from us? The answer lies in the concluding words of our pasuk: לטוב לך : ‘for your’-our-‘good’.

The Psalmist asks (116:12)מה אשיב לה׳?:’How can I repay Hashem’ for all his bounty to me?’.

Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch: by giving Him the one thing  he asks of us, יראת ה׳, we show Him our הכרת הטוב: our gratitude, for all that He does for us, each and every minute of our lives!


He created this world, and man, because- as the Mesilat Yesharim teaches- He wanted to do חסד for us.
And therein lies the answer as to ‘why’ Hashem ‘asks’ this of us: He created this world, and man, because- as the Mesilat Yesharim teaches- He wanted to do חסד for us.

However,  If we do not show gratitude for His חסד, He will surely not be ‘inclined’ to do further חסד for us- as would be our reaction, if the beneficiary of our gift, was to be ungrateful.

Therefore ‘our gift’ of יראת ה׳ is , in fact, a gift FROM Hashem to us, as by ‘giving’ it to Him, He ‘can’ continue to give to us, and shower us with His blessings.

So, by having יראת ה׳ is truly, solely for ‘our good’: ‘לטוב לך’!
 

לרפואת נועם בת זהבה רבקה ונחום אלימלך בת זהבה רבקה, בתוך שאר חולי עמנו.





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