Friday, August 31, 2012

Ki Teitzei
Deuteronomy 24:19
"When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to take it; it shall be [left] for the stranger, the orphan, and the widow, so that the Lord, your God, will bless you in all that you do.”

This mitzva of leaving the gleanings for others is something we can only do accidentally – when we forget.  With such human shortcomings such as forgetfulness, the text suggests that the key is to accept them and turn those mistakes to benefit others.   Paradoxically, it is when we accept our flaws and allow others to benefit from them that we receive unexpected blessings.

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