Friday, July 30, 2010

Always In Hashem's Eyes

The Passuk tells us that Eretz Yisrael is .. "A land that Hashem seeks out, always are the eyes of Hashem upon the land from the beginning of the year through the end" [Dvarim 11:12 ]

If Hashem is constantly on the lookout for Eretz Yisrael and what it needs - why mention the year at all ? Isn't it enough to say that it's "always" under divine scrutiny.

No. ( you could see that one coming – right ?

This aspect of Hashem's guiding hand is not just a statement of general heavenly benevolence. Not even a declaration of specific divine providence (hashgacha pratis), either. Rather, the passuk stresses that Hashem gives the land - what it needs and when it needs it - the needs of year's start are satisfied at the start and the blessings needed to wrap up a harvest are present in their proper time as well.

There is nothing quite so demonstrative of good supervision as the ability to tailor it to fit every scenario. Hashem doesn't just make sure that our "beracha reservoirs" are topped off – He is actually watching and guiding every step.

And we also need to recognize that our needs are different – what we needed during Kislev is not what we could use in Nissan. And again, the summer is a totally different story.

So let us recognize and be grateful for Hashem's incredible hashgacha – and let this recognition lead us to new levels of Ahavas and Yiras Hashem. May these emotions pave the way for Mashiach Tzidkeinu, amen.

Hatzlacha !!