Well...this is random! - Va'eschanan

A couple of weeks ago, I experienced being at the kosel on friday night for the first time. Even after many years of preparation, my mind went blank and "שמע ישראל ה אלוקינו ה אחד" were the only words that came to mind. I believe that everything happens for a reason so I wanted to know why this posuk specifically came to mind when it just as easily could have been any other one.

In this week's parsha, we learn about shema. The topic of Tzitzis is connected to shema and is a representation of all the mitzvos as it says, "You will remember all the commandments of Hashem and do them". The topic of Mezuzah represents the protection of our homes, "if you put a mezuzah on the door it symbolizes that your home is under the watchful eye of Hashem". The topic of mitzrayim represents leaving golus Mitzrayim (or any other golus) as the posuk says that, every day of your life, you should treat it like you're leaving golus. The last fundamental topic in shema is that in order for the world to function, we need to be unified with Hashem.

When we say Shema, practically speaking, it doesn't seem different than any other posuk. However, when you look at the meaning, you realize that saying shema is about a personal bond with Hashem. The way we achieve complete oneness with Hashem is by doing good deeds and acts of kindness! This is why I believe that Shema was the first thought. Hopefully, through a few more acts of good and kindness, we can merit to get out of this golus really soon!

Good shabbos

All the best

Avroham Y Ross