September 8, 2022 / 12 Elul, 5782 • Parshat Teitzei
Issue 734
Dedicated in loving memory of Mrs. Miriam Friedman

If you enter your neighbor’s vineyard, you may eat as
many grapes as you desire, until you are sated, but you
may not put any into your container.

Deuteronomy 23:25

We can conceive of ourselves in our “working” relationship with G-d as His servants, as His employees, or as His partners. A servant’s master is obliged to feed, clothe, and house him. An employer provides more for his employee: he pays him (enabling him to provide for his own needs as he chooses), provides him with the means to do his job, and must even allow him (as this verse describes) to partake of the produce he is harvesting. A partner not only is provided by his partner with everything he needs to do his part and is paid for his work by the partnership, he also shares in the profits.

Thus, once we accept our role as G-d’s partners in transforming the world into His ultimate home, G-d not only provides for all our needs, rewards us for our efforts, and allows us to benefit from the world as we refine it – we will even share the “profits” of our work (the great Divine revelations of the Messianic future) with Him.

—from Daily Wisdom