May 30, 2024 / 22 Iyar 5784 • Parshat Bechukotai
Issue 823
Dedicated in loving memory of Mrs. Miriam Friedman

I will walk among you; I will be your G-d and you will be My people. 

Leviticus 26:12

To “walk” with someone means to have a dynamic, progressing relationship with them. In order for G-d to continuously enhance His relationship to us in this manner, we have to enhance our relationship with Him in a similar manner. The Torah therefore tells us that this “walking” relationship with G-d is possible only “if you advance in My rules,” i.e., through studying the Torah assiduously – beyond what is merely required of us.

Someone in love with something or someone will not be satisfied with a superficial acquaintance with the object of his love, but will obsessively seek to enhance his knowledge of it or them as much as he possibly can. Similarly, aware that the Torah is G-d’s will and wisdom, our love of Him will make us seek to enhance our relationship with Him by plumbing the depths of the Torah as deeply as we possibly can.

Lest we think that making quantum leaps in our relationship with G-d is beyond our ability, G-d reminds us here that “I am G-d, your G-d, who brought you out of Egypt,” which means “who brought you out of all limitations.” In other words, although making quantum leaps requires our effort, our ability to do this is a gift from G-d.

--Daily Wisdom Volume 3