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Monday, August 20, 2018 9 Elul 5778





LIVING WITH
THE TIMES

The first Lubavitch/Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya and Code of Jewish Law, once remarked that a Jew must "live with the times." His son explained the meaning: A Jew must live with the Torah portion of the week - i.e., he must assimilate the lessons of the weekly Torah portion
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Pay Day
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There is a mitzvah in the Torah to pay a laborer promptly, on the same day he completes the job. This raises a question. There is a principle that G-d fulfills all the mitzvot that He places upon us. If so, why does He hold back our reward for thousands of years? Why do we need to wait for the afterlife, or for the time of Redemption, to receive the reward of our mitzvot?
 
The answer is that we do, indeed, receive our reward on time. The reward for a mitzvah is the G-dly revelation that comes in its wake, and this effect reaches the world immediately. Although we may not sense it, it is still there. However, the enjoyment and appreciation of this spiritual pleasure will not come until the time of Moshiach.
 
The reward is in a safe, so to speak, but each of us holds the key in our possession. Each of us has the power to do one good deed and tip the world towards the Redemption. It follows, then, that the pleasure of the reward is not limited to the future, because we have the ability to tap into it here and now.
 
 
 
 
 
In addition to the spiritual reward for fulfilling mitzvot, we are guaranteed a physical reward as well. This reward is not a “payment,” but an assurance that we will be given everything we need to enable us to fulfill the mitzvot in comfort. G-d will lift any cares or worries off our shoulders that prevent us from performing all the mitzvot. However, the physical reward is secondary. The main thing is that through our mitzvot we carry out the purpose of creation--to make the world into a home for G-d.
 
Today, standing at the threshold of Redemption, we are already in the time of reward. We are living in a time of unprecedented prosperity, liberty and comfort. We already have a foretaste of the reward. Now is the time to complete the final preparations for Redemption, to make it an actuality.
 
(The Rebbe, Hisvaaduyos 5751 vol. 4)

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