Parashat Ekev
16 Av 5781 (July 25, 2021)

The "Yud" is the smallest letter of the Hebrew AlefBet. It begins as a point which is then stretched out. Through the transformation of our ego selves, we are able to make that point bigger and thus let the Light within our soul shine. Every person has a "yud", a divine spark. It is what connects us all to the Great Yud (the Creator's Light). It is important to remember that the Creator does not ask us all to become like Stepford wives or Stepford husbands. Our individuality and uniqueness is very very important, not only to tikun ha-midot (our personal correction), but also to tikun olam (the correction of the world). It is ok to be individual and unique. Of course, because of the ego, we tend to have conflict with others when they don't think as we do or believe as we do. "Love thy neighbor" seems simple, but as we know it is not the easiest thing to do. When we accept the individuality of others and recognize the little "yud" in every person, then it is easier to love them. Kabbalah teaches us that the little "yud" within us all can never be blemished or stained, it remains pure. It is the ego self that tarnishes our image and hides the little "yud" so it cannot shine. This week try to meditate on your little "yud" and also try to see the little "yud" in others despite their egos. It may not always be easy to do, but as a result your little "yud" will shine brighter.

Shavua tov,


Parashat Ekev
Torah Portion: Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25
Haftarah: Yeshayah (Isaiah) 49:14-51:3

Parashat Ekev

Haftarah Ekev


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