A rich man visited his mother in the hospital a few days before she passed away. In the midst of a conversation, she said to him "I am very proud of you." His mother was a holocaust survivor who had 13 children before the war and watched them all perish. After the war, she got remarried and had one child. Throughout his life, she never said that she loved him. This man made deals worth millions on multiple occasions but none of them came close to being as important or meaningful to him as this moment. Sometimes, someone showing that they care can make a huge difference and mean more than all of the money in the world.
In this week's parsha, Hashem teaches us laws to ensure that we live life properly. If we abide by them then life will be prosperous but if we don't we will meet harsh negative consequences. Many may think that because Hashem punishes his children sometimes, we aren't loved anymore. I believe that the contrary is true. These laws were put in place so we can transform the world properly and get close to Him.
No matter how much a parent yells and screams, they will always be doing it out of love since they really just want to see us succeed. It's so easy to forget and feel all alone but, ultimately, Hashem is always with us no matter what! Sometimes, like in moments such as the rich man's, he had an overwhelming feeling of love that showed itself. Unfortunately, for many, we continue to feel sad and alone. Let's take a moment this week to say something meaningful to the people around us. Hopefully with this, we can feel more unified with Hashem and each other and therefore become reunited with all our loved ones with the coming of Moshiach tzidkeinu right now!
All the best
Avroham Y Ross