Driving through the industrial district brought back many memories of when I was a child. Watching the action on the docks, harbor and warehouses has always been a fascination. Coming from a family that has been involved in shipping since as far as i could remember, it is almost automatic that I love my job. But as I backed the big rig towards the warehouse after yet another long trip. I thought to myself, days at a time on the road away from my family. All those sleepless nights and all the endless road in front of me. Is all this hard work really worth it?
This weeks double parsha starts off with the number seven, seven can symbolize shmitta, the days between shabbos, etc. During shmitta once every seven years, we stop producing our fields. When I read this topic it brought me back to the same question about working. Why do we do something so difficult with no immediate reward. As it says on the seventh day Hashem rested. This may be the answer we have been looking for. After all the hard work, hashem got a reward. Maybe these situations also have a reward!
In life we spend every day working. We keep the mitzvos, even if they are difficult like getting up on time, making it to a shul, etc. Again, where is the reward? The answer to all these questions is in the posuk of the torah that says “Hashem rested on the seventh day” Shabbos was Hashems reward and it should also be ours. If we spend all week working than shabbos is a peaceful time with our family and loved ones. If we look at mitzvos to be difficult, Hashem promised that one who follows the mitzvos will be taken care of in abundance. All this pain will get paid off, but until then we must stay strong. On that note join me as we finish this mission and bring moshiach!
All the best
Avrohom Y Ross