” וַאֲהֵבְךָ, וּבֵרַכְךָ וְהִרְבֶּךָ; וּבֵרַךְ פְּרִי-בִטְנְךָ וּפְרִי-אַדְמָתֶךָ דְּגָנְךָ וְתִירֹשְׁךָ וְיִצְהָרֶךָ, שְׁגַר-אֲלָפֶיךָ וְעַשְׁתְּרֹת צֹאנֶךָ, עַל הָאֲדָמָה, אֲשֶׁר-נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ לָתֶת לָךְ “
As we go deeper into the book of Deuteronomy, we get more understanding of the spiritual laws that affect our lives on this earth.
Sir Isaac Newton discovered the force of Gravity when an apple fell on his head. The Torah teaches us all the laws of the universe before waiting for things to happen. Late in his life, Newton studied Torah and Kabbalah to get to the deeper understanding of the way nature behave.
In Ekev, we get it strait forward. If we follow the laws, keep them and act upon them ( 7:12 ) ” וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם וַעֲשִׂיתֶם, אֹתָם “. God, will then keep the covenant that he promised to our fathers ” וְשָׁמַר יְקֵוָקֵ אֱלֹהֶיךָ לְךָ, אֶת-הַבְּרִית וְאֶת-הַחֶסֶד, אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע, לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ “.
The next verse (7:13) describes the blessings that are result of following the Laws,
” וַאֲהֵבְךָ, וּבֵרַכְךָ וְהִרְבֶּךָ; וּבֵרַךְ פְּרִי-בִטְנְךָ וּפְרִי-אַדְמָתֶךָ דְּגָנְךָ וְתִירֹשְׁךָ וְיִצְהָרֶךָ, שְׁגַר-אֲלָפֶיךָ וְעַשְׁתְּרֹת צֹאנֶךָ, עַל הָאֲדָמָה, אֲשֶׁר-נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ לָתֶת לָךְ “.
” and He will love you, and bless you, and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your body and the fruit of your land, your corn and your wine and your oil, the increase of your kin and the young of your flock, in the land which He swore unto your fathers to give you “
The “Baal Haturim” (Rabbi Jacob ben Asher) , points to us that the first four words of the blessings (against the four letters name) begin with the letter ” וְ ” and ends with ” ךְ “, together they are ” כו ” = 26 = ” יְקֵוָקֵ “. All good comes from the Light of the Creator. He created the system of cause and effect for us. Those are the rules of the game. There is one way to reach the goal and it is by using the system created for us.
Recently, we moved to a new town and we purchased a GPS (Global Positioning System) for our family car to find our ways easily in the new place. It is very accurate system and without checking maps, you just enter the destination address, push Go and within seconds the system in pleasant voice guides you turn by turn to your destination. When you want to go home you push a button \’Go Home\’ and you are going back home the fastest route possible. If you miss a turn the system will recalculate the trip from your current position.
I realized that the more I use the GPS, the more I trust it. I stopped looking for road marks to find my way back or in case I want to come back to the same place.
I choose to trust the GPS system because it proved its accuracy and help. Day or night, the system does the job the same way.
In Vaetchanan we have the first sentence and first paragraph on the prayer of “Shema” ” שמע ישראל “, It has 42 words to connect to the act of creation and the name of 42 letters. In Ekev we have the next two paragraphs of this prayer. One has 72 words to connect us to the 72 names of G-d and the higher name of ” יוד־קי־ויו־קי ” and the other has 50 words to connect us to the level of Binah.
The last paragraph is found in Numbers 15:37 and it also has 72 words.
As we already know, the Shema prayer has 248 words (” רמח “) as in the number of body parts, to indicate completion and a close relation to us. It is also the number of precepts of actions ” עשה “. (The other 365 are of what not to do ” לא־תעשה “) (913 precepts = 248 for Body and 365 for days of the year but about the reason for that in another article B”H)
The essence of the cause and effect system is described in this prayer and in this parasha.
It starts with positive directions, (11:13)
” וְהָיָה, אִם-שָׁמֹעַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶל-מִצְוֹתַי, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם, הַיּוֹם–לְאַהֲבָה אֶת- יְ ק וָ ק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, וּלְעָבְדוֹ, בְּכָל-לְבַבְכֶם, וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁכֶם “
” And it shall come to pass, if you shall hear diligently unto My commandments which I command you this day, to love G-d your God, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, ” Then heaven and earth will respond
” וְנָתַתִּי מְטַר-אַרְצְכֶם בְּעִתּוֹ, יוֹרֶה וּמַלְקוֹשׁ; וְאָסַפְתָּ דְגָנֶךָ, וְתִירֹשְׁךָ וְיִצְהָרֶךָ “
” וְנָתַתִּי עֵשֶׂב בְּשָׂדְךָ, לִבְהֶמְתֶּךָ; וְאָכַלְתָּ, וְשָׂבָעְתָּ “
” that I will give the rain of your land in its season, the former rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your corn, and your wine, and your oil “
and again (11:22):
” כִּי אִם-שָׁמֹר תִּשְׁמְרוּן אֶת-כָּל-הַמִּצְוָה הַזֹּאת, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם–לַעֲשֹׂתָהּ: לְאַהֲבָה אֶת- יְ ק וָ ק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, לָלֶכֶת בְּכָל-דְּרָכָיו–וּלְדָבְקָה-בוֹ “
” For if you shall diligently keep all this commandment which I command you, to do it, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave unto Him, “
Its clearly said to love, to walk in all his ways and clink to him.
King Solomon, In Proverbs 3:5,6 gives us two profound verses
” בְּטַח אֶל- יְ ק וָ ק , בְּכָל-לִבֶּךָ; וְאֶל-בִּינָתְךָ, אַל-תִּשָּׁעֵן. “
” Trust in G-d with all your heart, and lean not upon your own understanding . “
” בְּכָל-דְּרָכֶיךָ דָעֵהוּ; וְהוּא, יְיַשֵּׁר אֹרְחֹתֶיךָ. “
” In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. “
Knowing is connecting and Kabbalah explains that Knowledge is the sefira that is created when Chokmah and Binah are connected. This happens in the higher consciousness and when the sefirah of Daat (Knowledge) created it allows the flow of energy from the upper to the lower 7 sefirot and makes things happen.
Know him in all your ways, means that we need to connect to the Light of the Creator before any action that we do. The consciousness must be there to allow the Light to flow. Then He (the Light) will direct our paths.
We live in darkness because we can not tell what would be the results of our actions. We make many decisions in life but we know well that what comes out is not always what we wanted.
To be certain that whatever happens is good for us, we need to connect to the Light and let him comes in. We can then be certain that even if we do not see the result we wish or expect (“… and lean not upon your own understanding “), we are still on the right path.
Put love and trust in G-d in every action you make. The work that we do should be done as if the G-d is watching you and waits for us to make the opening for him to come and guides us.
The parasha ends (11:25) with ” לֹא-יִתְיַצֵּב אִישׁ, בִּפְנֵיכֶם: פַּחְדְּכֶם וּמוֹרַאֲכֶם יִתֵּן יְ ק וָ ק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, עַל-פְּנֵי כָל-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר תִּדְרְכוּ-בָהּ, כַּאֲשֶׁר, דִּבֶּר לָכֶם “
” There shall no man be able to stand against you: G-d shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that you shall walk upon, as He has spoken unto you. “
Simply says, no one can stop you if you follow the system.
This is the real GPS (G-d Provided System) of life that we should trust. It is free, comes with its own energy source and it is always with you.