Friday, April 20, 2018

Ponderings of the Perkei Avot 2:4, 15, 17

RaYBaSH’s Ponderings of the Perkei Avot
Chapter 2:4, 15, 17
By: Yehudah ben Shomeyr

He (Rav Gamliel) would also say: Make that His will should be your will, so that He should make your will to be as His will. Nullify your will before His will, so that He should nullify the will of others before your will.”

“Rabbi Eliezer would say: The honor of your fellow should be as precious to you as your own...”

“Rabbi Yossei would say: The property of your fellow should be as precious to you as your own. Perfect yourself for the study of Torah, for it is not an inheritance to you. And all your deeds should be for the sake of Heaven.”

This reminds me of Yeshua when we told us to deny ourselves take up our mode execution (cross) of self and follow Him (Matt. 16:24), meaning His Halacha (way of living) of the Torah.

Rav Sha’ul, Rav Gamliel’s star pupil had this to say:

1Cor. 10:31-33 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all [men] in all [things], not seeking mine own profit, but the [profit] of many, that they may be saved.”

The Rabbi’s say of 2:4 “Devote as much time and money to mitzvot as to your own loves. In return, God will you beyond all expectations.”

We all have dreams, righteous dreams and when we sacrifice them for the universal, overall will of God he will raise our dreams like a phoenix from the ashes of our sacrificed dreams. When they resurrect we will find our righteous dream has been intensified and blessed by God. When we make Torah Study, Prayers, and Selfless Chesed (Loving-kindness) to others, when we make God’s will our own, He will make our will His own, such as a dream of doing something great for God. We have plans for God, imperfect plans for God and when we give them up for God HE will give them back to us perfected and ready to be fulfilled in His time.

- Yehudah ben Shomeyr