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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 3 Apr 2020 06:52 PM and ends Sat 4 Apr 2020 07:50 PM

From the Rabbi’s Desk

י"ט חשון ה' אלפים תש"ע

From The Rabbi’s Desk

We are taught that Abraham was tested by G-D ten times and the love he had for G-D enabled him to pass all these tests. 

So let me ask you a question, what is true love. When one partner says the words  “I love you” to the other partner, is that all it takes to show  love?  That’s easily done, however mere words of affection are not love. Abraham’s tremendous love for G-D enabled him  to carry out the divine will - time after time, even in exceptionally challenging situations.  When a person is truly in love, there is nothing he wouldn’t do for his beloved.  We see it in this week’s Parsha when G-D commands Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. The Torah tells us that Abraham rose early in the morning to perform G-D’s command including small tasks such as saddling his donkey and chopping wood for the sacrifice. He could have appointed some of his servants to do these tasks, but the willingness to personally perform these tasks himself shows his incredible love for G-D.

Now we could understand, why Abraham didn’t wait to chop the wood for the sacrifice when he reaches his destination saving himself the arduous task of dragging the wood for three days, instead he did this as soon as he got up. All this to demonstrate his love for G-D. When we truly love someone we want to do everything ourselves and straight away, no matter how difficult the task may be. This was the strength of the relationship that Abraham had with G-D.

May we always pass our tests in life and understand the true meaning of love.

Shabbat shalom to all.

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